BASEMENT MOLD PREVENTION TIPS AND ADVICE

Tip 1:
Direct water away from your home!

Basement mold may result from water seeping in around your foundation. If the ground around your house is not properly sloped away from the foundation, water will collect and be absorbed into the ground and eventually into your crawlspace.

Remember that although rainwater may flow away from your home, sprinklers are known to cause mold and should never reach your foundation either!

Tip 2:
Replace wall to wall carpeting!

Wall to wall carpeting is a very high risk for basements. We recommend using area rugs which can be cleaned periodically. If you prefer carpet, try carpet tiles which can be replaced if mold begins growing in them.

Endurance BioBarrier should be applied on and beneath rugs and carpet tiles for extra mold protection.

Tip 3:
Get rid of cardboard boxes and old furniture!

If you intend to store boxes in your basement, we highly recommend applying Endurance BioBarrier to protect your valuables.

Mold often times will eat through the boxes as well as their contents which may be cherished pictures or important documents.

Boxes and furniture are a great source of food for mold and mildew. At the very least, move them six inches away from the walls and six inches above the ground on racks or shelves. Leave space between them as well to provide slightly better air flow.

Tip 4:
Check your basement appliances!

Clean your refrigerator drip pans according to the manufacturer's instructions. Inspect the seals on your freezer and refrigerator; if the doors do not seal properly moisture will build up and cause mold growth.

Tip 5:
Fill any cracks in your foundation!

Seepage from a crack in the foundation is oftentimes the cause of basement mold. Check for cracks periodically and fill them immediately when found to avoid more expensive future headaches.

Specifically check for foundation cracks during early spring in areas with winter snowfall. When snow begins to melt, water will seep into your basement through unsealed cracks.

Tip 6:
Use plastic storage bins!

Since cardboard provides the perfect growth medium for mold, use plastic instead. Again, we suggest building shelves to organize your storage and get your valuables off of the ground further away from sources of moisture.

Tip 7:
Do not store wood in your basement!

Wood is another perfect breeding ground for mold. Many things are a source of food for mold and mildew, but wood is one of their favorites. Keep firewood, furniture, boxes, and any other wood objects out of your basement as much as possible. If you have wood shelves in your basement, we highly suggest applying our mold prevention spray to all of your shelf surfaces. This will protect the items you are storing and your shelves would be mold-free for 2 years, guaranteed.

Tip 8:
Insulate piping!

If you have cold water pipes in your basement make sure to insulate them properly. The difference in temperature will cause condensation and moisture on the outside of your piping and increase the humidity level in your basement.

Tip 9:
Purchase a dehumidifier!

Because basements are underground and see little to no sunlight, they require special care in regards to mold prevention. A dehumidifier can keep humidity lower and will keep mold in check. Keep your basement humidity level no higher than 45%.

Although they can be expensive, they will greatly reduce the level of moisture in your basement, preventing mold and mildew in the process.

Tip 10:
Promote air circlulation!

Air movement is an easy step to take to help prevent mold. Run a fan for an hour or two in you basement to circulate air and replace humid air with fresh air.

Installation of exhaust fans in your basement are another good idea for homes in high humidity regions. Make sure exhaust fans discharge outside of your home and not in your attic to prevent mold from growing in your attic!

Tip 11:
Apply Endurance BioBarrier!

Mold requires moisture to grow and moisture can be difficult to get out of your basement without an expensive dehumidifier. Endurance BioBarrier is activated by moisture and will prevent mold spores from reaching anything that it covers. You can rely on EBB as your first or last line of defense against mold.