Where Does Basement Mold Grow?
You may know by now that basement mold is an issue for many homes — old or new. Have you ever opened the basement door and with every step down to take, the musty odor of mold gets stronger?
This is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home or health. But before calling in the professionals, you may want to check for yourself first as well as go through possible causes for basement mold. Here are some common areas where basement mold problems arise.
Insulation. Insulation is a crucial part of any home, but it can often be compromised by a mold invasion. If insulation gets damp, this is a great breeding grown for mold and it can eat away at the insulation. Try checking the unfinished areas of your basement that may have exposed insulation spots.
Storage Boxes. Storage boxes are a great way to stay organized when you have a home, but cardboard is a material that mold thrives on. Check all of your cardboard boxes for signs of mold. Even if you can’t see the mold, it would be best to purchase reusable plastic storage bins for your stuff instead.
Ducts & Vents. These places are often overlooked when scanning the basement for mold. Basement mold problems often arise in ducts and vents because air condenses and moisture forms. Heat and moisture is all it takes to start growing a mold colony. Try sticking a duster into the basement duct or vent to check.
Basement Walls. Whether you have a finished basement complete with drywall or simple cement or concrete walls, mold tends to grow on either basement wall material. If your home has a leak, the drywall is one of the first things to get ruined — or develop a mold problem. Concrete walls tend to get damp during the winter and spring months as well.
Basement Furniture. Having furniture in your basement is a great way to make it look more inviting. Unfortunately basements are prone to leaks and floods which can ruin furniture such as couches and chairs. Check the fabric of all furniture and thoroughly vacuum rugs. If you are simply storing extra furniture in the basement, cover them with a sheet to prevent mold growth.
Basement mold is just one issue that calls for mold removal services. There are many other problems areas throughout your home. To learn more about household mold, contact BGS Environmental Services, Inc or schedule an appointment.