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Basic Basement Health – How To Keep Mold Out Of Your Home

Basement health is probably not something that’s on the forefront of your mind. After all, that’s down there where the old clothes are stored. Out of sight, out of mind.

The only trouble is that your basement affects your overall house health, and the health of all the people who spend time there. You may be surprised to hear this, but over 40% of the air you breathe throughout the house comes from the basement. This means that mold spores that are airborne in your basement don’t stay down there. Finding and eliminating mold is essential.

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Basement Mold Infestations – Causes

The cause of basement mold is moisture. The basement gets most of its air from the surrounding soil, and this is very humid, moist air. This part of the house is also dark and often has poor air circulation. These conditions create the perfect environment for mold to flourish in.

The real cause of mold, however, is neglect. Since this is an area of the house that we usually do not use, it seems unnecessary to inspect and remediate. When you have a mold infestation, it is easy for the spores to become airborne and drift to other areas of the house. They can be inhaled and cause serious allergic reactions, and they may be a factor in many serious illnesses. Worst of all, mold often can’t be detected by smell or sight. It can be causing damage to your health unawares.

The Solution – Mold Remediation

Mold remediation means locating and getting rid of all mold. This includes throwing away clothes, boxes and other items that are infested, and may also involve special cleaning supplies. It is difficult to do your own mold remediation because it is dangerous. The spores can be easily inhaled directly during remediation and contact with skin can cause rashes and itching. It is also made difficult by the fact that mold likes to hide behind drywall, under floorboards and in other out-of-the-way places. Mold remediation is an expensive job that is best left to professionals.

Mold Prevention – Waterproofing Helps To Promote Basement Health

The best way to take care of a mold infestation is to stop it before it occurs. Basement waterproofing is the only sure way to completely control the moisture in your basement. Although you can find various products at the hardware store, basement waterproofing is not a do-it-yourself project. You will need someone with specialized skills, experience and the proper tools to make sure that there are no leaks where moisture can enter.

Because bad basement health can adversely affect the human beings living in the house, it’s important to check for mold and take care of it as soon as possible. Basement waterproofing is a wonderful preventative measure for making sure that your basement’s not the ideal place for mold to grow. The decision to get basement waterproofing may be the one that saves your family’s health.