Unfinished Basements Collect Mold
March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Unfinished Basements Collect Mold Basement, Cause Mold Ben Fetzer

Mold likes moisture and warmth, which makes basements a perfect petri dish for growing multiple types of mold. You may invest in a dehumidifier to keep the mold from growing, but if you have spores, you have risk. That is why it is important to understand that all basements but also unfinished basements collect mold and elevate your risk for respiratory illness. 

Dry Surfaces Can Still Have Mold

You may be surprised to know that keeping your basement dry is not enough to prevent your mold risk. It is true that a dehumidifier may eliminate your mold problem, but all it actually does is make your mold hibernate, or become inactive. This means that while you relax thinking your mold problem is taken care of, your mold is still there waiting for moisture to wake it up. This makes dehumidifying your home helpful, but it does not eliminate the problem. Humidity levels are best kept below 50% to deactivate mold spores, and this may also keep other bugs from enjoying your below-grade living space. 

Concrete is a Sponge

Concrete is not literally a sponge, but it does like moisture, and it will draw it from any source it can. Most flooring options are also porous, and when set atop concrete, they become coconspirators in moisture-collection. 

Moisture-attractions is what makes unfinished basements more likely to harbor mold spores. Unfinished basements often become storage rooms and collectors of “stuff” we don’t want in our primary living spaces. This can mean boxes and bags set directly on concrete surfaces. These bags and permeable materials collect moisture with the concrete. These places also develop dust, which can contain “food” for mold to grow. If you don’t want this to happen, don’t set items being stored directly on unfinished concrete surfaces. 

Clean and Seal to Prevent Mold

Every basement has a different propensity for moisture depending on how it was sealed from the outside and the quality of your foundation compared to the height of your water table. Waterproofing a home from the outside can be necessary but is difficult, as soil must be removed from the foundation. 

If you already have mold and aren’t going to invest in a big project like waterproofing from the exterior, there are some solutions that can keep your basement dryer. 

Firstly, you have to clean the surfaces where mold is living. Then, seal it from the inside with cement sealers and concrete finishes that will keep your concrete surfaces from being so sponge-like. Then, keep that dehumidifier, so future mold spores will not be inclined to seek refuge in your basement.

About The Author
Ben Fetzer Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of Fresh Start Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. By sharing stories and providing professional tips he gives you the ability to make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 15 years in the cleaning & restoration industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI. His history of high integrity and superior quality has made him a leader in the remediation industry. Thereby giving customers outstanding customer experience! Which has resulted in a long history of consistent 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!