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How to Get Rid of Mold In Basement

As a homeowner, finding mold in your basement can be overwhelming. It could mean water is entering your basement from outside or a moisture issue. No matter the reason, it is vital that you get rid of the mold as soon as possible to ensure your health and well-being are protected. Learning the causes of mold, what to look for, and what you can do to improve the situation in your home will help you address this situation should it occur in your basement in Minnesota.

Causes of Basement Mold

Basements are prone to mold growth due to their unique characteristics. One common cause is moisture seepage through foundation walls or floors. This can happen due to leaks, inadequate drainage, or high humidity levels. Lack of proper basement ventilation can also lead to condensation and stagnant air, which can create a perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Insufficient insulation can also be problematic as it may contribute to temperature fluctuations that foster mold growth as well.

Another common cause of basement mold is organic materials. Drywall, carpeting, and wood are all materials mold can thrive on. If water is left unaddressed on any of these surfaces, it can quickly become a major mold issue. Even a small spill or leak can quickly become a significant mold problem. Unfortunately, neglecting your basement can also allow hidden moisture sources to go unnoticed until it is too late.

Signs of Mold in Your Basement in Minnesota

Mold can grow in your basement for an extended period before you notice it. This makes it vital to be proactive in inspecting your basement and looking for some of the common signs of its presence.

Unusual Smells

The first thing you may notice is a musty smell in your basement. If you notice a damp, earthy scent that does not seem to disappear, it could indicate mold growth hiding somewhere in the space.

Water Stains

If you notice any discoloration or staining on the ceiling or walls in the basement, it could indicate a possible mold issue. These stains generally suggest that there is a moisture problem and that mold may be present.

Peeling Wallpaper or Paint

If you notice a damp, earthy smell that does not seem to disappear, it could indicate mold growth hiding somewhere in the space.

If you notice mold growth in your basement, there are a few things you can do to get rid of it.

Steps to Take to Get Rid of Mold in Your Basement

One of the first things you need to do is identify the source of the mold in your basement. This will give you a better idea of the steps that you need to take to remove it and prevent it from growing again.

Preparing the Surface

Next, you need to improve your basement ventilation. Increase airflow by using fans and opening windows. Ensure that your basement is well-ventilated to reduce humidity and promote drying. Using a dehumidifier can help control your basement’s moisture and discourage mold growth.

Cleaning the Surface

Next, you need to clean the mold from your space. You want to begin by using equal parts of white vinegar and water mixed together in a spray bottle. Spray the affected areas and allow it to sit for a few hours before using a brush to scrub the solution and mold off.

If you do not have white vinegar, Borax (1 cup of borax to 1 gallon of water), tea tree oil (one teaspoon of tea tree oil to one cup of water), or hydrogen peroxide (mix one equal part of peroxide to one part water) are all effective alternatives.

Once the mold is removed, sprinkle baking soda on the damp surface and allow it to sit for a few hours.

Future Proof Your Space

Regular cleaning and dusting in the basement can help to prevent future mold growth. It is also important to consider sealing and waterproofing the basement walls and floors to prevent water from entering your space. Finally, use mold-resistant products, like insulation and drywall, when remodeling your basement space.

When Professional Help Is Needed

When it comes to removing mold in your basement in Minnesota, sometimes it is best to leave the job to the experts. Our team at ECCO Midwest offers an array of mold remediation services that are highly effective in protecting your space. Our team will handle your mold removal by doing the following:

  • Assessment: We will evaluate your basement to determine the extent of mold contamination. We will then identify the affected areas and develop a remediation plan.
  • Demolition: We will remove and discard the materials that are extensively contaminated to prevent further spread of mold.
  • Critical Barrier HEPA Filtered Negative Pressure Enclosure: Our experts will establish a sealed environment with controlled airflow to contain and filter airborne mold spores.
  • Sanitize / Disinfect: We will apply an appropriate cleaning agent to eliminate mold and disinfect the affected surfaces.
  • Dry Work Areas: Our team will implement drying techniques to eliminate moisture, a crucial step in preventing mold growth.
  • Antimicrobial Sealing / Coatings: We will apply protective coatings to surfaces to inhibit future mold growth and enhance resistance.
  • Carpet Cleaning & Removal: Our team will thoroughly clean or remove contaminated carpets to eliminate mold spores and prevent regrowth.
  • Surface Cleaning: We will clean and scrub surfaces to effectively remove visible mold and spores.

Our team can meet with you for a consultation to discuss effective mold remediation strategies and effective prevention measures to keep your space safe. We can also assess the area and plan the financial aspects of mold remediation while considering all necessary resources and costs.

Let Our Experts Help

Our experts at ECCO Midwest, Inc. can handle all your mold remediation, asbestos and lead abatement, commercial HVAC duct cleaning, and specialty cleaning needs. Our team’s extensive experience in the industry has allowed us to gain a deep understanding of construction standards and values, ensuring that we complete every project safely, efficiently, and within budget.

With our knowledgeable staff and dedication to strict compliance with regulations, our clients trust us to handle their most demanding tasks while providing top-quality service at competitive prices. Please contact us today for more information or a free estimate on our services. You can reach our office in Hastings, MN, by calling (651) 788-9562 and our office in Cedar Rapids, IA, by calling (319) 362-1487.