Tips To Combat Mold In Your Home
There have been many reported incidences of individuals having to vacate homes because of a build-up of mold. In some cases mold is harmless and can be removed. In other cases, a build-up of mold could lead to structural damage to the home and the potential for health issues for the inhabitants.
If you suspect you have mold in your basement, your first step would be to call a basement waterproofing contractor and ask his advice. Here are some tips a contractor may offer to address mold in the basement:
- You may need to hire a professional to first test for mold and mold spores. He will have specialized equipment to do the task and can determine the type of mold present.
- If it is determined that your basement or home is infected with mold, you may need to hire a mold remediator. He will come in and eliminate the mold based on the samples collected and tested by the first professional. Hiring these contractors separately is a good idea because you can then avoid any conflict of interest. However, be aware that the mold will likely return after 9-12 months if you do not correct the water issue that caused it.
- Keep a dehumidifier running in the basement. Basements simply tend to be damp and running a dehumidifier can address moisture and keep mold at bay. If you’re in the market for a dehumidifier, look for one that can track humidity and alert you to higher than usual levels before mold becomes an issue.
- If you find you have an issue with mold, contact your insurance agent to see if you have any coverage for remediation. Some policies provide coverage while others have mold remediation as an exclusion, it is best to know as soon as possible what your policy covers.
If you’re in a home remodel project phase, work with a basement waterproofing contractor and have him inspect the area for any potential moisture or mold issues before installing drywall or carpet in the basement area. Fixing any water issues prior to finishing the basement makes good sense and can save you a lot of money in the long run.