No matter how beautiful your Greenville, SC, home looks, it’s still vulnerable to moisture damage and mold. You may experience the usual household and furniture damage. But even more worrying is the serious mold infestation that occurs in leaking basements.
Mold, like mildew, thrives in wet and humid conditions. It won’t take long for it to take over your leaky or moist basement. If you are worried that your leaking basement could develop mold, this article will provide you with the answers you seek. We will show you how to deal with the leaks and mold problem once and for all.
How to Identify Mold
If you see round patches of gray or black slimy stains on your basement floor or walls, chances are you have a mold infestation. Sometimes, the different types of mold will appear greenish on some walls or a gray, black, or pink. Mildew, on the other hand, looks whitish.
Another warning sign you have an infestation is a musty or earthy smell in your basement. The intensity of the odor depends on the level of infestation. When the mold is still developing, you may not spot it right away. Ask a mold expert or home inspector to perform a thorough check of your basement.
Getting Rid of Mold in Your Basement
Mold requires urgent professional action. It is toxic and has the potential to cause serious structural damage. You can’t afford to wait a minute more. While some people adopt a DIY approach to dealing with mold, hiring a professional mold removal company is the right thing to do. You won’t just be protecting your health — you’ll also get a thorough cleanup. It’s likely that mold will never recur. You also don’t have to worry about structural damage or costly repairs afterward.
Do you have a serious mold problem? We advise you to replace the mold-infested and affected materials rather than cleaning them. A professional mold removal service will use HEPA vacuum cleaners to remove all the mold and mildew, then sanitize your walls. Don’t worry about those earthy smells. Your cleaner will deodorize your basement to remove lingering smells.
Tips for Keeping Your Basement Free from Mold
Prevention is always the best defense against mold. The damage and repairs from mold are quite expensive, not to mention the health risks that come with it. Since mold arises from humidity, the first step is ensuring your basement or foundation remains dry. Installing a dehumidifier gets the job done. If you can keep the moisture levels below 60%, you will be on your way to keeping the basement mold-free.
Combine a sump pump and interior drainage, two incredible waterproofing solutions that can stop basement flooding. The BasementGutter™ interior drainage system will arrest water, then channel it to the sump pump where it’s automatically ejected. Grading your yard also helps prevent water backflows, another common cause of basement moisture. Talk to your landscaper to explore that option.
Cracked walls and crevices are a sure way to get water into your basement. Arrange a professional foundation repair if you notice cracks on your basement floor or walls. Depending on the severity, the repair might be as simple as applying wall crack repair or firming up your walls with the IntelliBrace™ or other wall repair system.
Burst or leaking pipes can cause basement flooding or dampness. Small leaks from the pipes may go unnoticed. Be sure to check your walls regularly for signs of wetness or dampness as well as discoloration. Call a plumber to go through your pipework to ensure everything works well without leaks.
Groundwater is another vector, and it’s responsible for basement leaks. Creating a perimeter drain is an excellent way to keep the groundwater away from your basement. Check your gutters to make sure rainwater from the roof doesn’t seep into the basement. If your basement has windows, make sure the windows don’t leak. Replace all the broken windowpanes and keep them closed during rainstorms.
Are you worried about what water leaks or basement dampness can do to your home? Are you tired of recurring mold infestations? Get in touch with a basement waterproofing expert from Mount Valley Foundation Services for a free basement waterproofing inspection and estimate today. We will help you control moisture and restore the health and beauty of your Greenville, SC, basement.