It’s ugly, it smells funny and it ruins your food and your basement too: mold. Whether it’s the fuzzy substance slowly taking over last week’s leftovers, or the ominous black spots on your basement wall, mold needs to be dealt with as soon as it appears. But what exactly causes mold? And how do you get rid of it? This article will tell you the common causes of mold in your basement, how to find it, and how to safely remove it.
In short, mold comes from moisture.
But there are many potential sources of moisture in the average basement. What's more, most wet basement repair issues usually take a long time to tackle, due to the fact that basements rarely received any sunlight. They also generally don’t get much in the way of ventilation and are often humid.
If that doesn’t sound bad enough, mold can be a silent killer in your basement, often going unnoticed for a long period of time. People rarely spend time in an unfinished basement; as such, dust and dirt build-up can quickly contribute to your basement mold issue.
Mold loves building materials, especially drywall, wood, and insulation.
Here are some common causes of mold in your basement:
A major sign of mold is the smell. Due to the stagnant air in the basement, odours build up and can become very noticeable. If you sense a musty or moldy smell, don’t hesitate to contact our London Ontario basement waterproofing services to investigate.
If you’re looking for mold in the basement, first start by trying to find signs of moisture. Areas where there are signs of water damage or leaks are also likely to contain mold. Mold likes to grow on objects made from organic substances, such as:
Common places you’ll find mold in your basement include:
The obvious conclusion is that to prevent basement mold you must first minimize moisture. However, there are a lot of potential sources that could require additional investigation from a trained waterproofing specialist. Let’s take a look at the most common.
It’s best to hire a professional to remove mold in the basement, especially if the growth area is large. For more information on wet basement repairs, contact BEST Plumbing and Drainage today. You’ll be glad you did!