It’s well-known that basement cracks and leaks are almost guaranteed to cause water damage within a home’s foundation.
But did you know that these basement water leaks can also lead to mold and mildew growing in your basement, often within just 24 to 48 hours? Mold doesn’t just look and smell bad — it’s also a huge health hazard for both humans and animals, particularly for those with respiratory conditions that make them sensitive to mold spores. As a result, it’s your responsibility as a homeowner to make sure you’re fixing basement leaks and preventing mold from spreading.
Are you doing all you should be doing to keep mold growth at bay within your home? Prevent mold from growing as a result of your basement water leaks by taking these three steps:
Keep your basement’s humidity down
Ideally, your basement’s humidity level should be below 60%; more humid air makes it easier for mold to grow, especially in a basement that doesn’t have any air ventilation installed. You’ll likely need to purchase a dehumidifier if you find that the humidity level in your basement is too high. It’s a good idea to consult with a foundation repair company to determine the size and power of the dehumidifier you’ll need.
Take action against excess basement moisture and water
Keeping mold out of your basement requires near-constant vigilance to make sure excess water leaks and moisture haven’t entered this space. Clean up any basement water leaks as soon as possible, and dry out any building materials that get wet within 24 hours — because, as stated before, mold can grow after just a day.
Invest in a foundation sealing or waterproofing
If you want to increase the value of your home while achieving the peace of mind that your basement will be mold-free no matter what, you may want to consider the value of a basement waterproofing or sealing procedure. These procedures prevent moisture from leaking into your basement, protecting you and your family’s health as well as the investment that is your home.
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