Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Betsy Rathburn
So you’ve pumped the water out of your basement, dried the space out, and maybe even gotten rid of that musty smell that always seems to take over after a basement flood. It may seem like your troubles are over — especially if you’ve taken the time to waterproof your basement for next time — but you might not be out of the woods yet.
Inspect Your Storage
Since your basement flooded, have you gone through the boxes and bins you keep down there? If you haven’t, you’ll want to do that soon. Check for items that are still damp, especially things like wood, boxes, and fabric, which can easily grow mold. Don’t overlook any drywall or wood paneling you have in your basement; they’re vulnerable to mold too. Anything still wet could develop mold — if it hasn’t already.
Mold is a serious issue for homes. If it spreads through your storage, it can easily spread to walls and beams and significantly damage your home’s structural integrity. That’s why it’s important to carefully determine whether an item can still be salvaged if it’s still wet or has already grown mold. To preserve as much of your storage as possible, you’ll want to clear out any damp items from your basement as soon as possible. Dry out the things that can be salvaged completely before putting them back.
Another important factor in taking care of your basement after a flood is making sure the walls, floor, and ceiling remain mold-free. While you’re cleaning up your storage, make sure you inspect your entire basement. If you have any damp drywall, now’s the time for it to come down.
The reason basements grow mold so easily isn’t just because they flood. Standing water causes huge problems, but most basements are damp even if they’ve never experienced flooding. The moisture is in the air, and combined with the cool, dark conditions of most basements, it makes the environment a breeding ground for mold. You can’t easily make a basement less cool or damp, but you can dry out basement air. Why not try a basement dehumidifier?
Our basement dehumidifier can dehumidify 2,500 square feet of space and is equipped with filters that remove tiny particles from the air and the musty odors that often go hand-in-hand with unfinished basements. If you’re serious about keeping mold out of your basement, Dehumidifier is the way to go.
If there’s already evidence of mold growth in your basement, it’s not too late! There are plenty of products out there that are supposed to get rid of mold, but if you have a lot of mold growth in your basement it may be best to leave it to an expert.When you work with Innovative Basement Authority, you work with professionals who are experts in not only waterproofing your basement, but keeping mold out as well — and we have the materials to prove it.
The longer you let mold grow in your basement, the worse it will get. And unless you take action on your mold, it will never go away. But there’s good news! These days, taking action couldn’t be easier. If you’re ready to get rid of your mold — including any odors and property damage that go along with it — call us today at 320-515-2200 to schedule a free estimate with a basement expert.
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