Mold is a pernicious pest. It is the curse of basements everywhere and can contribute to a variety of health problems. It also can do permanent damage to furniture, fabrics, and even walls and carpet. Therefore, it is important that every homeowner work to prevent mold outbreaks in their homes. Since basements are most prone to mold, this post addresses how to take care of the problem there.
Use a HEPA Filter
A HEPA filter is a great way to control the spread of mold in the basement. These filters can take the mold spores out of the air so that they never have an opportunity to take hold and begin a culture. You can keep the filter running all of the time, but be particularly sure to run it during times of especially high humidity. In the Pacific Northwest, you will definitely want to keep your filter running all winter, but the past few years have seen more humidity in summer, as well. Always clean and replace the filter according to the manufacturer’s guidelines to make sure your filter does its job.
Run a Dehumidifier
Since moisture and humidity is such an issue, use a dehumidifier in the basement to keep humidity levels in check. Be sure that your dehumidifier has a way to drain its collected water so that it can run continually. If your basement is heated, but not completely finished, it will be a good idea to keep the air ducts open, even if the space is not in use. The heat will help keep humidity levels down and may even do the work of the dehumidifier. Between these dehumidifying efforts and a HEPA filter, mold will have little chance to spread.
Maintain Air Circulation
Avoid stagnation in the basement. When the air is still, mold will have a better chance of gaining purchase on your walls, furniture, and carpets. Keep the air moving with the use of exhaust fans, ceiling fans, and even HEPA filters. If you have a large basement space, try to air it all out on a regular basis. With a little prevention, you will never have to remove mold from your basement.
Water problems in the basement often come from outside. When water is able to pool next to the home, it eventually seeps into the basement, providing plenty of opportunities for mold and mildew to spread. Make sure that the ground outside slopes away from your basement. Also make sure that the gutters above are clear and not overflowing. Then make sure that the downspouts are directed away from the house. You may even attach an extender to the downspout to send rainwater away. A French drain can also help ferry water away.
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