Having mold in your basement can become a serious problem for your Maine home. Often times, mold or mold spores growing in the basement of a home or commercial facility will go unnoticed until well beyond the point that the mold began to formulate. It's very common for mold to grow in basements because more often than not, a basement provides the perfect environmental breeding ground for mold to thrive and grow. Mold loves to grow in dark dingy areas, often with poor ventilation, and where moisture issues tend to occur. There are many basements in Maine that are prone to flooding and continuous moisture issues, and therefore testing for mold issues in your basement is recommended even if you may believe there is a small chance that mold may be present. Mold can have serious consequences to your health, so its best not to take chances.
Wherever there is a situation with standing water over a duration of time, it should be a precaution to have a mold inspection performed by a licensed professional after the proper water removal services have taken place. A mold inspector will know where to look for instances of mold, including the most unseen places, such as behind walls or various petitions, as well as the many hard to reach areas present in basements. More so, the mold inspector will also be able to use some of most state-of-the-art testing equipment to run thorough air quality tests to ensure that there are no mold pathogens in living environment. If you believe you may have mold issues, be sure to call a licensed mold inspector to have the proper tests conducted immediately.
As previous mentioned, there can be multiple reasons why mold will grow in your basement. So here are a few of those reasons and what you can do to better prevent the instance of mold growth.
Poor ventilation - Areas such as basements can often have areas with poor ventilation due to lack of opportunities for air flow. To prevent mold issues related to poor ventilation, try to occasionally to air out you basement by opening basement windows, or if possible, seek a professional HVAC technician to have a system installed that can control the air flow in your basement.
Moisture Issues - To prevent mold growth in your basement, you ideally want to keep your basement as dry as possible. The combination of dampness and dark in a basement make it the perfect environment for mold to grow. Also, it's very possible that ground water can leak into your basement or outside water can enter due to unseen penetrations in the exterior of the basement walls or more commonly, leaks in the seals around doors or windows. To better ensure a dry basement that's free of moisture issues, be sure that all the seals around doors or windows are secured to prevent outside water from entering. If you noticeably have moisture build-up in you basement, seek a professional that can help you with air ventilation systems that can properly regulate the air flow and moisture control of the indoor environment.
Flooding - While flooding is a scenario that you can't always prevent against, there are a couple of immediate actions you can take after flooding occurs to significantly decrease the possibility of mold issues in your basement. Standing water left over time is almost always certain to lead to issues like mold and other air quality issues. Hiring a water damage mitigation company to quickly and effectively remove the water can save a lot of future headaches. They will be able to remove the water and use high quality drying equipment to make sure there is no concern of moisture issues. After the removal is done, it would be wise to have a thorough air quality and mold test. A quality water remediation company will do this as they know it is vital part of the process against preventing mold and other air quality related issues.
Mold in your basement can be serious issue but there are many ways to prevent and resolve the issues should they take place. Should you encounter one of these issues, be sure to seek the help of a qualified mold remediation company to help you solve the problem effectively.