Written by Timothy Crasnick
Basements are the part of the house that are typically affected by mold the most, and it is vital that you check your basement for the classic signs of mold in order to prevent the escalation of what may seem like an even minor problem, and to identify when you may have to follow-through with a basement mold removal project. Basements are optimal breeding grounds for all kinds of mold due to the fact that they typically have poor air circulation that can be a perfect environment for the accumulation of moisture.
Moisture is the key ingredient that allows mold to proliferate on a massive scale, and if a basement contains higher than normal levels of moisture, then there is a good chance that mold may be present. A basement is also the part of the home that is most often affected by floods, a classic root cause of a mold breakout. This means that you must keep a close eye on your basement if there has been a recent flood, as the growth of mold is sure to follow if you don’t remove the moisture that may have built up.
If your basement has in fact been infected with mold, you are going to have to take the time to remove it correctly, as not doing so will only render your basement useless and unlivable, and the mold may even spread to other parts of the house. The good news is that basement mold removal is not that complex, and typically only involves the removal of the source of moisture, and then the subsequent removal of the mold. After this is done it is then important to monitor the basement for any kind of recurrences within the first year after the mold was first eliminated, as it is fairly common for mold to grow back in basements where the circulation is poor, and no dehumidifier is used.
So now you are probably wondering how you should go about getting rid of the mold, as this is the most crucial step if you ever want to be able to enjoy your basement again to its fullest capacity. Basement mold removal should start with the elimination of the mold with the help of a simple cleaning solution such as soap and water. Take this cleaning solution and clean, or soak up as much as the mold you can with disposable towels, sponges, or some other kind material that can easily wipe up an affected area. Once you have eliminated all of the observable mold, you should then go over the area with a potent disinfectant that will get rid of all the mold spores that were left behind after your initial cleaning.
Any number of cleaning products can be used, but the two that I recommend the most are either a water and bleach, or water and vinegar solution. Both will do the trick, and the proper proportion of water and bleach should be at about one cup bleach with one gallon of water. If you decide upon using vinegar and water, you can use an even ratio instead of using more water than vinegar. Once you have accomplished this, you will then need to allow the affected areas to dry properly, and while doing this it is crucial that you make sure that you wear the appropriate safety equipment, including the proper goggles, clothing, gloves, and mask. That pretty-much sums up basement mold removal in a nutshell, and without going into too many specifics, following this aforementioned procedure should be able to eliminate the vast majority of mold issues that may be present in any basement.