Basement Mold Removal – How to Get Rid of Mold in Basement
Have you recently experienced flooding in your basement due to leaky appliances, burst pipes or bad weather?
Are you now faced with a basement mold problem too big to tackle yourself? If so, don’t worry, the following information will help you to get rid of mold in basement.
While the cost of mold removal in basements can seem scary, you can greatly reduce expenses, save time and minimize frustration by hiring a certified mold removal company like Mold Busters.
We have over a decade of experience getting rid of mold in basements and cleaning up water damage. We know how to clean mold effectively while keeping basement mold removal costs low. Contact us today for more information about our mold remediation services.
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What does basement mold look like?
There are many different types of mold, and the conditions in your basement can accommodate most of them. You may notice white mold on basement floors, black mold on basement walls, white mold on wood furniture or even yellow and orange mold throughout your basement.
But what’s more important than the type of mold growing in your basement is how long it’s been there. If you want to reduce negative health effects and symptoms associated with basement mold, then you need to avoid long-term exposure.
Prompt basement mold remediation will ensure that whatever species of mold you have growing in your basement will not spread to other areas of your home. It will also go a long way in maintaining healthy air quality inside your basement and your entire home.
For professional, timely and affordable basement mold removal in Ottawa and Montreal areas, choose Mold Busters. We’re fully certified, and we do our best to keep mold removal costs low while providing complete basement remediation, flood restoration and water damage repairs.
What causes mold in basement?
While there are several factors that contribute to mold growth in basements, the primary cause is moisture. How does moisture get into your basement? Take a look:
- Most basements lack moisture barriers and proper insulation, allowing dampness from the soil to travel upwards and into your home. This makes them more humid than other areas of your house.
- In summer, basements are cooler than other rooms in a home. When warm outdoor air comes into contact with the cold surfaces, it condenses, causing moisture to collect on basement walls.
- Leaky plumbing, burst pipes, or heavy rainfall that enters through cracked foundation can result in major flooding, water damage and, ultimately, mold growth.
As a responsible homeowner, you should never let mold grow and build up in your basement because it can negatively affect the air quality in your entire home, leading to health problems and decreased quality of life. It can also threaten the structural soundness of the building.
Common signs of mold in basements
The following are a few of the most common signs that you have a basement mold problem that deserves attention:
- A musty or earthy smell
- Water stains on concrete walls or drywall
- Condensation on walls or windows
- Efflorescence on walls
- Bubbling paint or wallpaper
- Damp, humid air (relative humidity above 50%)
- Discoloration of walls, carpets or furniture
How to get rid of black mold from basements?
The key to effectively removing mold from your basement is to first understand what’s feeding its growth. If you eliminate the cause, you eliminate the problem… and that’s exactly what we’ll help you do.
In almost all cases, the source of black mold growth in basements is some type of moisture problem. Due to their location beneath ground level, basements are more prone to moisture intrusion than any other room in the house.
Once we’ve identified and repaired the moisture problem, we will move on to cleaning the mold from your basement and any other areas affected by the contamination. This step is crucial as the health risks associated with mold in the basement are huge.
Health risks & symptoms of mold in basements
Black mold is one of today’s most common causes of poor indoor air quality. It’s also one of the most common pollutants found in modern-day basements and can cause a wide array of symptoms, from mild to severe. Unfortunately, this puts all of the home’s occupants at risk.
Basement mold symptoms can range in severity depending on the species of mold you’re exposed to, the concentration of those spores in the air, and the duration of exposure. However, if you have mold in your basement health risks include:
- allergy-like reactions such as itchy eyes, throat irritation, nasal congestion, coughing and sneezing;
- rashes and skin infections;
- nausea and dizziness;
- memory loss;
- poor concentration;
- difficulty breathing; and
- liver and kidney disease.
Learn more about the effects of mold exposure on human health.
Why basement mold testing is important?
Even if none of the above-listed signs are present, you could still have a problem because basement mold can grow behind walls and underneath floors, hidden from plain sight.
This is why it is important to get your basement tested for mold regularly, especially if there has been a recent water intrusion.
Mold Busters provides professional help finding and removing mold in Ottawa, Montreal and surrounding areas. We know what to look for, where to look for it, and what to do about it. Schedule your basement mold test today.