What Causes Mould in Basements?

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As you probably already know by now, basements have a reputation of being dark, cold and… mouldy.┬áThe good news is that basements don’t have to be like this. For many people, this is when basement development companies come into play. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to afford the services of such companies. For those people, dealing with mould in their basement should be a priority. Not only can mould damage the structure of a basement: It can even prove to be dangerous to the health of young children and people with weak immune systems.

But where does mould come from? What causes mould in basements? The answer to those questions is fairly simple: humidity. Because basements do not receive much sunlight and have very little ventilation, humidity tends to take hold of them. This humidity, coupled with the condensation caused by cold temperatures are the major culprits behind mould growth. If you suffer from a humid basement, we encourage you to take a look at one of our earlier blog posts to learn how you can prevent humidity.

Another major culprit in mould growth is basement floods. After a flood, the best thing to do is to contact a professional water damage company. It is important to keep your basement dry and to remove and clean items that were previously stored in your basement.

The worst part about mould is that when it starts to grow, it can go unnoticed for a very long time. Depending on the type of mould that can be found in your basement, it can spread a lot, and it can spread quickly. We therefore recommend that you clean your basement on a regular basis. With proper cleaning, heating and ventilation, there is no reason why your basement should fall into the “dark, cold and mouldy” category any longer.