How To Find And Test For Mold In The Basement

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| 2012 Jul 07 |
How To Find And Test For Mold In The Basement

Mold is a fungi that survives in dark and damp environments, and it has the ability to sustain itself from feeding off the surfaces on which it grows. One of the most common places for mold growth are basements, which are typically more damp and dark compared to other rooms in a house. These characteristics make basements highly susceptible to mold and all the problems associated with it.

Mold growth is a health hazard for people exposed to it regularly or for a prolonged period of time. Exposure to mold can also lead to illness if left untreated. For safety reasons, it is important to eliminate mold from basements as soon as possible. One way to do this is by avoiding the accumulation of water in the basement, as this will help restrict and control the growth of mold.

Test for Mold in the Basement in Montreal
Mold remediation professionals often tackle mold in the basement. The basement is an ideal place for mold to grow, being dark and damp.

Mold Busters’ team of mold professionals is highly effective in identifying and removing mold from affected areas. Mold Busters offers air quality testing in Montreal, which helps to identify the presence of mold in basements and other areas of a home. If there’s mold detected during the inspection or air quality test, Mold Busters also offers basement mold removal – a service in Montreal that’s highly effective and thorough.

A Typical Basement Mold Removal by Mold Busters

The following are steps Mold Busters follows in a typical basement mold remediation project:

1. Identify the moisture source in the basement. The source could be a leak in the ceiling, walls or pipes, high relative humidity or lack of proper ventilation. Once the cause of the water accumulation is identified, it should be fixed immediately.

2. Remove all mold-contaminated and water-damaged materials that serve as a breeding ground for mold. This includes wooden furniture, carpets, curtains and cardboard boxes.

3. Clean off old mold that’s been growing on walls and other structural elements of the property. This should never be done without proper safety equipment such as gloves and masks. The mold should be disposed of as soon as possible.

4. Use a mixture of chlorine bleach, water and a detergent to clean and disinfect all affected surfaces. Once again, this should never be done without a brush, gloves, and mask.

5. Rinse all surfaces with water. If required, repeat the procedure until the surfaces are completely rid of all mold.

6. Dry out the area with a rag or a fan. The area should be kept clean and well ventilated so that moisture does not accumulate in the basement.

Remember that it’s not mold until it’s tested. To prevent mold from developing, don’t wait another second to have your basement inspected and tested. In the case that mold has already developed in the basement, don’t wait to have it removed by the professionals.