It is common for some parts of basements that are not well maintained to be covered by black mold and other types of mold. The presence of mold in your basement indicates that the basement is damp and not well ventilated. Mold is associated with health problems such as allergies. Here are some facts about the causes of the growth of black mold in the basement, why it is important to get rid of mold, and the methods that are used to remove mold from basements.
- What causes black mold in the basement?
The growth of mold on the floor and walls of the basement is usually caused by the presence of moisture in the basement. High humidity in the basement can be caused by a number of things.
One cause is a leaky foundation, floor or basement wall. Foundations that have cracks are especially notorious for causing water to seep into the basement. Basements that are located in places with a high water table are also likely to experience seepage of groundwater into the basement through cracks on the basement floor.
Another thing that causes the growth of mold in the basement is poor ventilation. The presence of moisture in the basement combined with restricted circulation of air creates a humid environment that promotes the growth of mold.
- Why you should get rid of black mold in basement
It is important to get rid of mold from your basement because mold is associated with a number of problems. First, mold causes a musty odor in the basement. The musty odor is associated with various types of health problems including sinusitis and nasal congestion, eye irritation, runny nose, wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, skin irritation, persistent sneezing, headache, and throat irritation.
The growth of mold on the floor of the basement and other areas such as staircases also makes these places slippery. As a result, a basement floor or a staircase that is covered by mold is a safety risk because people can easily slip and fall if they walk in the affected areas, particularly when the floor or staircase is wet. It is advised that you should allow a trained professional to help you with mold removal and cleanup.
- Mold removal methods
Various methods are used to get rid of mold as outlined below:
- Mold suppression: This involves the use of fungicides to kill mold. Negative air equipment is also used to contain mold and stop it from spreading to other areas.
- Air scrubbing and HEPA vacuuming: Air scrubbers and High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) vacuum filters are used to capture mold particles from the air.Contact the professionals at Everdry Waterproofing today for more information! 1-800-828-5837