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Stop Mold Growth in Basements

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

mold in basement in New Jersey In wet or damp basements, mold can easily grow.

Stopping mold growth in a basement is important.

You should treat mold growth as soon as you notice it to prevent possible health problems or damage to your basement.

Before you treat the mold, you need to identify the source of moisture that is causing the mold growth. After addressing underlying moisture issues, immediately remove the mold. To prevent future mold growth, keep the humidity level in your basement below 50%.

Find the source of the problem. 

Moisture control is the key to solving mold problems. If you have a wet basement, you will need to find out what is causing the water issues before you treat the mold problem. Common culprits include:

  1. Defective gutters
  2. Groundwater seepage
  3. Poorly designed window wells
  4. Ineffective subsurface drainage system
  5. Cracks in a house’s foundation
  6. Internal sources of humidity like humidifiers or frequent cooking 

Address sources of internal moisture. 

The mold problem in your basement may be the result of internal sources of moisture, rather than moisture entering the basement from outside. Remove humidifiers from the basement, and do not cook in the basement unless absolutely necessary. Make sure other sources of moisture, like the clothes dryer and bathroom, are properly ventilated. 

Fix leaking pipes, sinks, and toilets. 

Your basement could be wet due to a leaking pipe, sink, or toilet. Carefully examine these potential sources of moisture. If you discover a leak, fix the problem as soon as possible. If necessary, seek professional help. 

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – 800-734-3213 SERVPRO of Morristown NJ

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