Mold thrives in basements and other areas where moisture can get trapped because there’s less exposure to sunlight. Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of and prevent mold growth. Basement repair contractors Stratum Structural Systems take an in-depth look at the things you can do to prevent mold growth.
The Effects of Mold
Mold spores are always present; however, they need a certain amount of moisture to multiply. Therefore, once they find a suitable environment—specifically, damp areas hidden from direct sunlight—it only takes a matter of hours before mold starts showing up. As it grows, it releases spores into the air, which can accumulate in a typical residential environment.
Exposure to air with high levels of mold spores has certain negative health effects. Some people are sensitive to mold and may develop nasal stuffiness, throat irritation and eye irritation. Others may have mold allergies and can exhibit severe reactions. Also, mold causes unpleasant smells, as well as unsightly stains.
How to Control Mold
In order to control mold growth in your home, make sure you do the following:
Address Leaks — Leaky roofs and pipes can cause water to flow through the wall and into the basement. If your basement has leaking egress windows, call for egress window repair.
Control Indoor Humidity — Indoor humidity levels can be determined using a hygrometer. Some HVAC control panels have this feature. If the indoor humidity is unusually high, you can buy disposable desiccant dehumidifiers, which absorb moisture until the container is full. If you don’t have one yet, consider getting a humidifier/dehumidifier that can be integrated into your air conditioning system.
Keep the Bathroom and Kitchen Areas Dry — Don’t leave the kitchen counter and bath areas wet after using them. Such areas make perfect environments for mold growth. The same goes for carpets in the basement.
Ventilate Your Home Regularly — Opening your windows for at least 15 minutes a day can flush out mold spores, along with other indoor air pollutants. Properly-designed basement egress windows should be easy to keep open, while window screens will prevent insects from gaining access to your home.