Mold is something no one wants to see or smell. It’s unsightly, it’s unhealthy, and it doesn’t smell that great, either. That’s why we throw away food when it begins to grow that fuzzy blue add-on (except maybe bleu cheese, of course).
In a way, the same rule applies to your home—if you spot mold, it’s time to get rid of it ASAP. Swift mold removal is crucial for keeping everyone in the vicinity safe and making the problem as easy to deal with as possible. The smaller the issue, the easier it’ll be to treat.
Unfortunately, some people might not notice a case of mold growing in their home—like when it’s in the basement. That could mean a big accumulation that requires a bigger removal process. And that’s not only unsightly but unsafe, too.
Some individuals might be completely unaffected, while others (especially those with allergies, immunocompromised folks, people with asthma, etc.) can be pretty adversely affected. Prolonged mold exposure might contribute to symptoms like wheezing, red or itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, and even shortness of breath or fever.
Here, we talk about how to handle mold issues in the basement, why mold remediation might be necessary, and much more. Keep reading.
How Common Is Mold in the Home?
If you’re confused about how mold got into your basement, know that you’re not alone.
Mold is widespread and pervasive—both indoors and outdoors—and can get into your home through several avenues: windows, vents, doorways, HVAC systems, and even on clothing, shoes, or pets. The most common indoor mold strains include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold. Mold loves moisture and so hangs out in places like windows, pipes, or places where there are leaks or that have been flooded.
Unfortunately, mold can thrive in many environments and on many materials. Many building materials are great hosts for mold, including insulation, wallpaper, and carpet. Wood is also especially conducive for mold, so that’s something to keep in mind if your home is made of wood.
What Are the Signs of a Mold Infestation?
Often, large infestations are noticeable. Someone might see the mold site or even smell the mold once it’s large enough.
Some of the most common signs you have a mold infestation include:
- The appearance of mold spores, which can be blue, black, green
- You notice a damp or musty smell in the basement
- You’re having sudden respiratory issues, cold-like symptoms, headaches, or nosebleeds, especially after spending time downstairs
If your home has flooded before, the basement might be predisposed to a mold infestation. If your basement has had leaks, that applies here, too. Having this information can help you understand your mold problem.
Unfortunately, if you do see mold on a surface, there’s probably more where that came from. Often, visible mold is just the tip of the iceberg and actually indicates a larger problem below the surface. Cleaning surface mold is only a temporary solution that doesn’t get to the root of the issue, and it’s likely mold will reappear.
How to Remove Mold From Your Basement (as Safely and Quickly as Possible)
Mold removal is no simple process. As we mentioned above, a small visual indication of mold in the basement could indicate a more serious problem. If that’s the case, mold removal will likely require the work of experts.
Mold remediation is an interesting additional step that includes making the environment bio-remediated. That means that not only will mold be cleaned up, but professionals will introduce new microorganisms to get mold levels back to a normal, natural level. This process occurs after the mold is taken care of and the source of the problem (i.e., a leak or flooding) is identified.
This three-part step proves to be effective: identify the problem, treat and clean it, and then practice bioremediation in the area. When these things are done in tandem, the odds of another mold infestation are severely reduced.
Speaking of which—keep reading to see how you can take action at home to prevent mold from coming back after mold remediation services.
Tips for Preventing Mold Growth in the Future
As we mentioned, mold is attracted to moisture. Knowing this, you can take steps to remove moisture in certain places in the home. That could mean anything from fixing leaks and using a humidifier to ventilating wetter areas and practicing proper clean-up after flooding.
If your basement has a bathroom, laundry room, or other sources of moisture, the above steps can help control moisture levels and reduce mold growth. Throughout the entire home, you can keep windows open, clean spills right away, properly dry items, and more.
Does Your Basement Need Mold Removal? If So, Call the Professionals
Mold removal is one of those things best left to the experts—like cleaning up crime scenes or drug labs.
Professionals know how to be careful and safe throughout the process, the best way to approach cleaning and removing mold, and how to dispose of any biohazards properly. If you’re not sure how to do these things yourself, you’d be better off outsourcing the work. Mold remediation is necessary for any large mold instances, especially if it’s infesting your basement—so it’s crucial to act fast.
Our team at Spaulding Decon is trained, experienced, and we work with your insurance provider. We have locations all over the US, so please click here to search for the location nearest you. Our job isn’t done until your home is mold-free and ready for life.