Preventing Mold a After Basement Flood

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While most people think that the worst part about dealing with a basement flood is the subsequent removal of water, many could argue that it is in fact preventing mold from growing in the area. If you have been following us for a while you probably already know that we covered both mold and floods in the past, but never both at the same time. Today, we would like to take it one step further and teach you how to prevent mold after water damage.

Once the water has been completely removed from the room(s), it is absolutely crucial that you remove wet furnitures and items as quickly as possible. We recommend that you recruit help from your friends and family as mold tends to grow quickly after water damage. The  next step involves performing a thorough clean up of the area. If you are unsure of how to do this, you might want to refer to this Alberta Health Services guide. Remember that the quicker you act, the less damage there will be.

After having cleaned the area properly, ventilating the room(s) comes next. You can do that by installing fans, opening windows (assuming that the weather permits it) and installing a dehumidifier if you do now own one already. The goal is to get the air moving and to remove any excess moisture that might be present in the area.

Once you have completely eliminated the risk of mold growing in your basement, the next step involves returning the furnitures, items and carpets to their original places. Ensure that no mold is growing on the latter, especially on the carpets. We highly recommend hiring a carpet cleaner if absolute peace of mind is what you are looking for.

Preventing Humidity in Your Basement

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A high level of humidity in a basement is not only uncomfortable: It can also cause damage to the structure of the basement itself. What’s more, as you probably already know, moisture and mold tend to go hand in hand. Since mold can be dangerous to your health (and mold in the basement is probably the last thing that you want to deal with) preventing humidity in your basement should never be overlooked.

A dehumidifier truly becomes your best friend in humid weathers. Dehumidifiers prevent and can even repair damage to your home. How it works is fairly simple: A fan in the unit removes excess moisture from the air. When the air passes through the dehumidifier, the cooling coils proceed to pull the moisture from it. The air is then reheated and redistributed throughout the room. You can usually find the moisture that was pulled from the air in the unit’s reservoir.

If this is not enough to prevent humidity in your basement, it is always a good idea to speak to professionals. Your ventilation contractor, for one, might help you figure out whether your system is properly equipped to remove humidity in your basement.

Remember that small things help too. Try to leave the door to your basement open as often as possible. You might even want to consider buying a fan and running it every now and then.

If those tips still don’t work, you might be suffering from basement water leaks. In this case, you will need to call on the help of a plumber. Water leaks can signal important damage to the foundation of your home, so it is important that you never leave them untreated.

Enjoy your dry basement this summer!