No one wants to think their home will get flooded. But some homeowners experience this problem at some point in their lives. Flooding does more than cause water damage. Besides moving heaps of dirt, the floodwater will damage your furniture and ruin your basement carpet. And then there’s the issue of mold, which almost always grows in damp, dark environments.
Flooding sets the stage for many problems within the basement and around your home. But we’ll focus on mold for now. Let’s look at the telltale signs of mold, then look at the protective measures you can take to keep these microorganisms away from your Colorado Springs, CO, home.
Looks and Smell of Basement Mold
Basement mold takes different forms, but it mostly appears as a dark and slimy substance. Its color can range from green to gray to black. Mold tends to grow in patterns around the basement. Pink or yellow stains on wood or your drywall or ceiling also are telltale signs of a mold infestation.
Mold growth in the basement is often followed by musty odors and earthy smells that can be overpowering. Remember that some strains of mold are dangerous. Consult with a mold removal specialist if unsure of what type of mold you’re dealing with.
Dealing with Basement Mold
Basement mold is toxic. You have to deal with it decisively before it causes health problems in your home.
A spot check can reveal whether you have a mold issue or not. Don’t attempt a DIY. Ask a mold removal expert to eradicate the basement mold and sanitize the affected area.
Mold and mildew may infest your carpets and furniture after a deluge. We encourage you to remove these items from your basement and dispose of them properly. Cleaning might remove the visible mold, but it won’t stop a recurrence.
Hard as this sounds, tearing out the mold-infested areas and replacing the materials with new and mold-free ones is the best decision. It’s likely that the mold expert will clean up the infection using powerful commercial removers. HEPA vacuums will come handy in controlling the spread of mold spores around the basement. If musty smells still linger after cleaning out the basement, apply deodorizers to your basement surfaces.
Preventing Future Mold Growth
Install an energy-efficient dehumidifier to dry out the air in your basement. Doing so ensures mold won’t grow in your basement. Try to keep the humidity levels at 50% or less. If you’re afraid of potential flooding, get an interior drainage system and a sump pump to bolster your waterproofing measures.
How your yard slopes determines whether you’ll experience moisture and water issues or not. You will have to grade the landscape so water can flow out and not back to the perimeter of your home. Also be sure to keep your gutters clear of any debris, and your downspouts pointed away from your home, as well, to prevent the possibility of water entering your basement.
Given that the basement has the propensity to get wet, we advise you to install a plastic vapor barrier on your walls. This solution will help curtail moisture, and subsequently, mold growth.
Check for basement cracks and crevices as well on your walls. These openings are likely to allow water in during the wet season, and foster mold growth. Your local basement repair contractor may apply different foundation repair solutions to strengthen your walls or lift your sunken floor.
Besides rainwater, leaking pipes or burst pipes can hurt your basement. Inspect water pipes that go through your basement. You may not detect leaks. Keep an eye out for wall discoloration and dampness along the length of the pipes.
Don’t forget the basement windows. These fixtures can also let in water and damage your basement. Loose or damaged seals are the main culprits. Deal with the issue as fast as possible or you might wake up to a flooded basement.
We strongly recommend that you also create a perimeter drain around your home. This will stop groundwater from entering the basement through cracks on your basement floor.
Don’t let the rainy weather or other moisture problems hurt your basement and render it unusable. Get in touch with the professionals at Complete Basement Systems. We can help you resolve a myriad of basement issues and restore this area to its original condition. Schedule a free basement waterproofing inspection and estimate and find out what’s wrong with your basement plus the best fixes.