Mold has taken hold. Dark blotchy stains on wallboard indicate moisture problems that have caused a mold invasion.
Basement mold and mildew are common problems, and these bad-smelling invaders often show up in the basement because of high humidity levels or water that leaks into the basement from outside. It’s important to control mold and mildew because their airborne spores can cause allergic reactions and even severe respiratory ailments. Mold and mildew can also damage your possessions, cause wood to rot, and make a home difficult to sell.
Mold and mildew are types of fungi that live in moist environments and spread (reproduce) by means of airborne spores. In a humid basement, mold typically shows up in the form of dark blotchy deposits on wood and wallboard. Mildew tends to be gray or white, showing up on fabrics and leather. Mold can be slimy or fuzzy, while mildew is usually powdery or downy. The airborne spores produced by mold and mildew are responsible for the unpleasant musty odor. If you can smell mold, this means you’re breathing in microscopic spores.
Mold can’t live in direct sunlight, and it doesn’t like dry environments where the humidity level is below 60%. But mold can thrive in a damp basement, especially if the basement has organic materials like wood-framed walls, paper-faced drywall, plywood and wood paneling. Unfortunately, many basements provide these mold-friendly conditions.
At Basement Systems, our aim is to transform a mold-friendly basement into a space where mold can’t take hold. We do this with three smart strategies. For starters, we install a basement waterproofing system so that the basement floor can stay dry. Our second line of defense is effective dehumidification using our SaniDry® basement dehumidifier. Designed to function efficiently and reliably in tough basement conditions, this innovative dehumidifier enables you to keep basement humidity levels below 60%, creating a dry, mold-hostile environment. The SaniDry™ dehumidifier also has a fine air filter that can capture airborne mold spores.
The final step in our anti-mold program is to replace mold-damaged and mold-prone organic materials in the basement with inorganic materials that won’t attract mold or be damaged by moisture. Our mold-proof products aren’t available at home centers or from other contractors. Click on the links below to learn more about our mold-proof flooring, wall panels, ceiling panels, insulation and other products. Mold hates our dry basement strategy. That’s why we love it. You will too.