Preventing Mold Growth in a Damp Basement
1. Monitor Humidity Levels
High humidity levels provide the perfect growing environment for mold.
2. Use a Dehumidifier
If your basement has high humidity levels open windows daily for an average of 30 minutes or use a dehumidifier.
3. Reduce Clutter
Keep your basement free of clutter. Too many objects and storage items block the free flow of air and reduce ventilation. Items such as clothes and books stored in the basement are food for mold and mildew.
4. Ensure Water Is Directed Away from Your Home
The boundary around your home must be sloped in such a way that snow and rain are directed away from the house. Otherwise, water and moisture will pool around the structure, increasing moisture and leakage problems. In such a situation, mold is almost inevitable.
5. Take Care of Spills and Leaks Immediately
If there are any leaks in the basement, take care of them immediately. Wipe the water from the area and dry it thoroughly. Use of a dehumidifier and heater to accelerate the drying process.
6. Insulate Water Pipes in the Basement
Generally, cold water pipes in the basement show condensation on the exterior. Insulating such pipes reduces the humidity levels in the basement.