Mold is the single most common byproduct of any kind of water damage, and basements are especially vulnerable...
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) March 19, 2012
RestorationLocal.com, one of the leading providers of mold removal and water damage restoration services in the country, is advising homeowners to take proper steps to avoid mold growth in their basements during the spring months, a time that is well known for numerous thunderstorms and other severe weather activity.
Mold is the single most common byproduct of any kind of water damage, and basements are especially vulnerable due to their low lying locations (a natural attraction for water) and limited air circulation. RestorationLocal.com recommends the following steps be taken to protect the basement of your home.
Check the landscaping around your home and make sure it slopes away from the structure for a distance of no less than ten feet. Otherwise water may collect near the basement. It doesn’t take much for excess water to find a way in.
Make sure there are no outlets for water that would allow it to accumulate near the basement. Downspouts from the gutter systems are notorious for this. Lawn sprinkler systems should also be arranged so that they do not continuously spray the walls of the property.
The basements should be kept free of any water spills. If one does occur, clean it up promptly. It does not take much to trigger mold growth. Also remove any wet or water damaged materials, items, furniture, etc.
Do not use carpeting in the basement as it is a prime suspect for trapping water and moisture. Hardwood floors are recommended as they are easier to clean and keep dry.
Look for condensation on pipes or windows, as this is a sure sign higher than average humidity, which can provide the perfect breeding platform for mold. Use a dehumidifier in the basement to bring down relative humidity levels. 40-45% humidity is ideal. The dehumidifier may have to run on a regular basis to maintain these levels.
Use exhaust fans to remove any moisture from bathrooms. This should be done in any part of the house.
Make sure the basement is well ventilated. Air conditioning, fans, and other air moving devices should be utilized. The better the circulation, the less chance there is for mold to gain a foothold.
Increase the basement’s temperature, since warmer air can hold moisture without causing condensation to appear on cold surfaces.
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