How to Prevent Mold in The Home



How to Stop Mold Growth in Wet Basements

Three Methods:

Stopping mold growth in a wet basement is important. You should treat mold growth as soon as you notice it to prevent possible health problems or damage to your basement. Before you treat the mold, you need to identify the source of moisture that is causing the mold growth. After addressing underlying moisture issues, immediately remove the mold. To prevent future mold growth, keep the humidity level in your basement below 50%.

Steps

Identifying and Solving Water Issues

  1. Find the source of the problem.Moisture control is the key to solving mold problems.If you have a wet basement, you will need to find out what is causing the water issues before you treat the mold problem. Common culprits include:
    • Defective gutters
    • Groundwater seepage
    • Poorly designed window wells
    • Ineffective subsurface drainage system
    • Cracks in a house’s foundation
    • Internal sources of humidity like humidifiers or frequent cooking
  2. Address sources of internal moisture.The mold problem in your basement may be the result of internal sources of moisture, rather than moisture entering the basement from outside. Remove humidifiers from the basement, and do not cook in the basement unless absolutely necessary. Make sure other sources of moisture, like the clothes dryer and bathroom, are properly ventilated.
  3. Fix leaking pipes, sinks, and toilets.Your basement could be wet due to a leaking pipe, sink, or toilet. Carefully examine these potential sources of moisture. If you discover a leak, fix the problem as soon as possible. If necessary, seek professional help.
  4. Correct any structural problems.After removing internal sources of moisture, evaluate the gutters, downspouts, and surface grading around the house. If it appears that moisture is entering the basement from these places, contact a professional to evaluate and correct the problem.
  5. Remove moisture from the basement.After you address underlying issues, remove any remaining moisture. If there is standing water or a puddle, you can remove it with a utility pump, air mover, and/or mop. You can also use a dehumidifier to help remove excessive moisture from the air. Make sure you remove as much moisture as possible before treating the mold.

Treating Mold

  1. Contact a professional.Call a professional if the affected area is over 10 square feet in size. You should also contact a professional if you have mold problems that persist after treatment or if you have chronic health conditions. Make sure the professional you hire has experience cleaning up mold.
  2. Wear a respirator, goggles, and gloves.You need to wear proper protection when cleaning mold so that you do not inhale the spores. Wear a N-95 respirator, goggles to protect your eyes from the spores, and gloves to protect your skin. You can purchase all three items at your local hardware store or online.
  3. Remove the mold by scrubbing.Take a brush or sponge that is designed for scrubbing. Dip the brush or sponge in a cleaning solution like warm water, vinegar, borax, ammonia, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide. Scrub the area with the solution until the mold is removed.
  4. Dry the affected area.Take a towel and completely dry the affected area once the mold is removed. You can also use a mop to dry the area if the mold is on flooring. Make sure you completely dry the area after scrubbing away the mold. This will help prevent future mold growth.
  5. Keep an eye on the affected area.Once you remove mold, you will need to watch the area to see if it returns. Recurrent mold problems are often indicative of larger, underlying problems that will need to be addressed to fully treat the mold issue.

Preventing Mold

  1. Keep the humidity level below 50%.Mold flourishes in moist environments, and it is essential that you monitor the basement’s humidity level to prevent future mold growth. Install a thermo hydrometer to monitor the humidity level in your basement.
  2. Consider a dehumidifier.Keeping moisture under control is a key part of preventing mold growth. Try running a dehumidifier in your basement to help control moisture levels. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions and empty collected moisture from the device regularly.
  3. Dry wet areas immediately.When you notice a wet or damp area in the basement, you will need to remove the moisture immediately to help keep mold growth at bay. Use a towel, mop, or water pump to remove the water within 24 to 48 hours of noticing it.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    I noticed a black spot on the carpet under a wall vent that blows in this one place. I have humidity on and whole home air conditioning but this is the only spot in the home. What can we do to stop this problem?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    First off, absolutely no one needs a humidifier and they are patently just disease farms. But, the problem with most basements is that they, illogically, don't have a return duct, so any musty basement smell can't be distributed to the rest of the house. The problem is, quite ironically, due to not having a return duct, basement air becomes stale and any moisture in the basement isn't circulated out of the basement and through the "Air Conditioning" system. You need a return air duct in your basement so the basement can function as well as any other room in the house.
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