Basements and crawl spaces are common places where excess moisture can become a problem because mold grows in moist places.
Where to Find Basement Mold
- Basement walls and floors
- Laundry rooms
- Pipes and plumbing connections
Common Causes of Basement Mold
- Poor ventilation
- Seepage due to rainfall
- Sump pump failure
- Water heater failure
- Unsealed basement doors
- Poor water drainage around the building foundation
- Moisture trapped beneath basement carpeting
Preventing Basement Mold
- Properly seal basement doors.
- Maintain proper drainage around building foundation.
- Repair all sources of water leakage or ponding.
- Use a basement wall and floor sealer.
- Remove clothes from washing machines promptly.
- If you have a front-loading washing machine, clean the rubber seal inside the door and leave the door cracked open when the machine isn’t being used.
When to Call a Professional
- If mold has developed near plumbing fixtures, water softeners, laundry room connections, sinks.
- If you have an area larger than 2 square feet of wall, floor or ceiling contaminated with mold.
- If you see that mold has crept into walls or insulation.
When in doubt, call Granite Inspection Group at 845-635-2552 to schedule your Mold Inspection.