Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Betsy Rathburn
Whether your home has a basement or crawl space, you’re probably concerned about making it as clean and healthy as possible. But, there are so many other parts of the home to worry about – parts that you’re more likely to see every day – that it’s easy to forget about your basement or crawl space. The crawl space, being difficult to enter, is especially vulnerable and can be severely damaged before you even notice something’s wrong. That’s bad: how you treat the lower levels of your home impacts the condition of the upper levels. Some of the greatest – and most common – threats to your basement or crawl space are moisture and mold.
Where moisture and organic materials mingle, mold is almost inevitable – and chances are, your basement or crawl space was constructed with organic materials. When mold forms on drywall, exposed wood joists, or other organic building materials, it can quickly spread. The spread of mold can ruin any items you have and storage and seriously damage the stability of your home. So, how can you prevent it?
Here are several ways Innovative Basement Authority can help Minnesota and North Dakota homeowners prevent the formation of mold in their basement or crawl space:
Water Drainage System
While preventing basement or crawl space mold, the most important thing to do is keep the space dry. Installing a water drainage system is the best way to do this. Innovative Basement Authority specializes in waterproofing basements with our BasementGutter drainage system. The system is installed under the perimeter of the basement floor, collecting water and directing it to a sump pump.
In a crawl space, Innovative uses a CrawlDrain crawl space drainage system. This system is clog-resistant and equipped with holes on the top and front to collect water from the surface of the crawl space as well as the soil, draining the moisture out of the space.
After you install a perimeter drainage system like BasementGutter, a sump pump becomes a necessary part of your waterproofing system. Our SafeDri Pro and SafeDri Triple sump pumps can be equipped with a alarm that will alert you if your system stops working.
Any basement or crawl space with a moisture problem could benefit from a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are useful for wicking moisture out of the air, preventing it from condensing on basement and crawl space surfaces, eventually leading to mold. Our dehumidifier is an energy efficient model that can remove over 100 pints of water from the air per day, able to keep your basement dry and mold free!
Like the dehumidifier, a good vapor barrier will help keep moisture from settling over surfaces in your basement or crawl space. Innovative Basement Authority uses CrawlSeal vapor barriers to protect crawl spaces and basements. This system is made of inorganic materials, so it’s not vulnerable to mold, mites, or other common pests. It’ll protect your basement walls, but it’s especially effective in crawl spaces, which commonly have dirt floors that make them even more vulnerable.
Are you ready to turn your wet basement into a clean, dry space – with no risk of mold? Call us today or fill out our online form. With decades in the basement business, Innovative Basement Authority has solved basement problems for countless homeowners across Minnesota and North Dakota – and we’re ready to solve your problem as well!
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