Flooding basements tend to be a problem this season in Baltimore with the strong summer storms. Not only does it ruin floors, furniture, and other basement items, but having a wet basement can also pose a big health risk: mold. Most dampness is accumulated from melting snow or rainfall. When the groundwater rises, it may seep its way into the cracks in the foundation of your home, and enter your basement. However, flooding isn’t the only thing that can cause a wet basement that leads to mold. Take a look at a few other ways that mold can creep up on you:
Condensation – Just like a cold can will “sweat” when sitting outside in the warmer air, your basement walls can do the same. When the cold foundation meets the warmer air, it causes condensation to build up on the walls and floors of your basement. If this goes unnoticed, mold can start to grow in this damp, cool place.
Gutters and runoff – It is important to make sure that the water is successfully directed away from your home through the gutter and spout systems. If not, that just gives the water a straight shot into the ground and foundation of your home. By placing splash blocks under the gutter, it can help direct the water away.
As you can see, damp basements are a common issue. However, it is very important to keep it dry to decrease the chance of mold accumulation. Mold can cause a variety of health issues that can be extremely damaging with overexposure. So how can you prevent it?
- Check for any cracks or holes in the walls and foundation
- Fix any leaky pipes
- Place a dehumidifier in your basement to keep the humidity and moisture down
- Every couple of months, check the vents, wall cavities, insulation, storage spaces, undersides of furniture, and any other dark, damp spaces where mold may begin to grow
Mold is not an enjoyable issue to deal with, and it is all too common in basements. If you think you are already experiencing mold in your basement, it’s best to hire a mold removal professional. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can help you locate the mold growth, identify which type of mold has begun growing, and eliminate the mold from your basement. We also offer free mold inspection. Our specialists will not only remove the mold from your basement, but can guarantee that it will not return.
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