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.

How to Rid Your Basement of the Musty Smell

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Are you tired of the damp, musty smell permeating your basement? You probably are not alone.

The truth is that getting rid of that smell has the potential to be more complicated than you’d like it to be. Every basement is different, and as such it is impossible to find a solution that works for everyone. It then becomes your responsibility to try and find the source of the smell.

Fortunately for you, finding the source of the smell is not that difficult. In most cases, you can link the smell to mildew, a type of fungus that feeds off the warm and humid areas of your basement. If your basement is humid, then chances are you can find mildew growing on your basement walls, tiles or even crawl spaces. How much of it you can find will depend on the severity of your situation.

After figuring the source of the smell, the next thing that you will have to do is rid your basement of mildew. If the latter has spread on objects, throwing them away might be the best idea. Furnitures and carpets should be taken outside when the sun is out and left to dry. Keep in mind that sometimes it is nearly impossible to rid objects, furnitures and especially clothes of the musty smell.

The next step includes giving your entire basement a thorough cleaning. Here is a tutorial on how to remove mildew. If your basement suffers from a severe case of mildew (or mold) we recommend calling on the help of professionals. The faster you are at noticing it, the easier (and quicker) the cleaning will be.

Following the cleaning of your basement, always ensure that the later is properly ventilated. You can do that by keeping the windows and basement doors open as well as installing a a fan and running it regularly. Make sure that the initial cause of mildew is taken care of. In other words, if your basement is too humid, install a dehumidifier. If leaks can be found along the foundation of your basement, fix them.

Keeping a basement clean and mildew-free is often the first step in ridding it of the musty smell.