Tackling the task of basement mold prevention shouldn’t be so difficult. We’ve given you the knowledge of common reasons for basement mold so prevention is the next best step. Below we’ve provided you a few simple tips on the use of humidifiers, foggers, sealants, and other ways to practice good basement mold prevention.
An excellent prevention method for mold growth is the dehumidifier. If your basement suffers poor ventilation or a leak has recently been discovered and you need to get the humidity back under control, a dehumidifier can be an invaluable basement mold prevention tool.
The more humidity in the air, the more moisture can be expected. Remember, it requires high levels of moisture for mold growth to occur.
The Fogging Method
A common method of chemical application for basements with – or are at risk of – mold growth is to place the treatment in a fog machine. This process is commonly referred to as “fogging.”
To kill basement mold, you can apply the recommended chemicals through use of the fogging method. A large number of chemical products are available to you that can help with basement mold prevention and clean up.
Fixing the Source of the Leak
Identifying and fixing the water source should be a primary concern when considering basement mold prevention. If your basement suffers from a leak, excessive moisture, or any other source, your first step should be to repair any and all leaks in your basement.
Depending on the type and cause of the leak, something as simple as repairing the water heater or sump pump could be easily resolved. However, if your basement should have any cracks in the walls, floors, or foundation, water can be allowed to seep in. At this point, you may need to call in a contractor who specializes in the repair and restoration of basements.
Wall Sealers and Inhibitors
Another preventative option is to inhibit the growth of mold with a wall water sealant. Basement wall sealers can be a great preventative measure to take to fight mold and fix basement leaks.
There are numerous and varying types of basement wall sealers from which to choose. The type that’ll work best for your situation will depend entirely on the reason that your basement walls are leaking.
Basement Mold Prevention Paint and Sealers
Acrylic Waterproof Paint
Very similar to regular wall paint, but possesses the qualities that can help seal and prevent leaks. Acrylic waterproof paint is easy to apply yourself and is relatively affordable for those on a budget.
Concrete Waterproof Coatings
Concrete coatings are safe to apply to walls already painted and are also budget friendly. A concrete coating will often leave your walls looking more attractive than traditional paint or sealers.
Silicate Concrete Sealers
Silicate concrete sealers are designed for application to unpainted walls. Slightly more expensive than the concrete coating or acrylic options, this type of sealer will not flake or peel and can be easily painted over.
Exterior Basement Mold Waterproofing
Most likely the best option for basement mold prevention though also quite costly. This method can start in the ballpark of costs ranging $15,000 and up. Exterior waterproofing requires excavation and drain installation which is why it retains such a hefty price tag. However, it is one of the best ways to ensure that your basement doesn’t leak.
It always pays to be well prepared for whatever the future brings. This is also why you should have a restoration company you know and trust. Mission Restorations has experts in fire, water, and mold restoration. If ever in need of services, don’t hesitate to call the best damage restoration team in Charlotte and its surrounding areas at 704-727-2000.