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Preventing Mold After Flooding

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 by Betsy Rathburn

Moldy Basement

Spring has sprung, and with the new season will come a new batch of homeowners to be greeted by flood when they walk into their basement. If your basement isn’t already waterproofed, you may be one of them. And a flood isn’t the only problem water can bring. With excessive moisture comes the spread of mold, causing damage to the structure of your home as well as your personal property.

If you waterproofed before the wet season, you have little to worry about. But what if your basement has already flooded? How do you prevent mold then? Innovative Basement Authority can answer this question for you. Our specialists are experienced at diagnosing and recommending solutions for basement problems – including mold.

So what can we do to prevent basement mold after your basement has already flooded?

  1. Identify the source. You have to know the source of the moisture so you can prevent the problem in the future. Without identifying the source, you run the risk of the same problem happening again and again. Luckily, identifying the source of the problem is pretty easy. A quick look around the basement usually tells you everything you need to know.
  2. Dry the basement. This is an obvious first step, but it is one of the most important steps. By removing the water – and any items that have gotten wet, like furniture, clothes, papers, and cardboard boxes – you take a huge step towards keeping mold from causing more damage.
  3. Waterproof. You aren’t going to know if the next big storm or spring thaw is going to spare you, so it’s best to prepare now. After you remove all of your damaged, waterlogged belongings, waterproofing your basement is the best thing you can do to prevent mold after a flood.

Innovative Basement Authority installs many basement drainage systems every year. Of the several systems we have on offer, we are confident that we will find the one best for you and your home. And it doesn’t end at drainage systems – we have sump pumps equipped with alarms to alert you if your pump fails, we have vapor barriers for walls that will protect your basement from flooding again, and we even have a finishing system that uses completely water- and mold-resistant materials.

The best way to prevent harmful mold from forming when your basement floods is to do something about it immediately. Leaving your basement wet or waiting until the next flood is only going to make the problem worse. To get started preventing basement mold after flooding, call Innovative Basement Authority or fill out our online form to set up a free estimate today!

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