Even if there are currently no visible mold problems in your basement, it does not mean that there are none growing behind your walls or that you will never have the problem in the future. Mold problem is a common one for homeowners and eventually it visits. Therefore, whether you are looking to prevent it from happening or already experienced the problem and now want to prevent it from happening again, the following tips will be helpful to you.
1. Clean regularly
You should clean and vacuum your basement often to prevent the buildup of molds from spores. For effective removal of the spores, you need to use a vacuum with a high efficiency particulate air filter. Paying close attention the areas that have been exposed to a lot of moisture as well as the small corners and cracks that might harbor the mold spores
2. Minimize moisture
Make a point of drying off surfaces the moment they get wet. Take care of all the leaks and spills as soon as they happen to ensure no surfaces soak up the water and retain it. This is especially common with naked wood surfaces. Use a heavy-duty dehumidifier to keep the moisture away from your basement. The best way to keep moisture away is to waterproof your basement entirely.
3. No damp items in the basement
Try to avoid storing items such as books, clothing items, and papers in your basement. If you are unable to do this, ensure you do not store them in cardboard boxes. Try to get plastic containers and use them to keep the paper and clothing materials before sending them to the basement.
4. Avoid clutter
Try as much as you can to avoid clutter in your basement and home generally. Mold are notorious for growing on virtually any surface that can hold a little moisture like, clothing, papers, wood and all forms of fabrics including carpets. Most people just dump items into the basement without any order and rarely check up on them. You should go over all the items stored in there and see what you are unlikely to use in the future then discard them. The ones you still need, arrange well and make sure they are dry and free from molds.
5. Repair leaks as soon as you can
Water leaks are probably the biggest cause of molds in the basement as they introduce moisture to the basement air and make everything become damp. This accelerates the growth of molds. You should check your pipes often to ensure they are not leaking. You should also waterproof the walls of your basement to ensure no external water or moisture is getting into the basement.
6. Check your gutters and downspouts for blockages
The gutters are responsible for taking the rainwater away from the base of your house. If the water collects near the base of the house, the crevices in the basement walls may let it into the basement causing mold problems. Check the gutters and downspouts to ensure they are not blocked.