How to Protect Your Basement from Mold and Water Damage – Part One

Mold colonies inside the house

No matter how well kept and clean a building is, almost every one has a unmaintained basement, which is threatened by water damage and flood related hazards. Basements are not built in a living quarters criteria, that’s why a lot of the requirements for a healthy and harmless environment are looked over. And although the cellar is mostly the place we use only to keep the unnecessary stuff we keep for no reason, it’s also a source of many moisture and mold hazards.

Humidity is the biggest problem when it comes to the building foundations. The fact that it’s underground makes it exposed to water damage, which soaks from the soil through the walls. During the warm seasons the basement is one of the few chilly places in every construction. The moisture factor, mixed with the incubation effect of the closed area and the warm temperatures outside, makes the basements so prone to mold and fungus.
The most frequently occurring problems, dealt by flood water damage are: degrading of the wall plaster, wet floors, mold and fungus growth, bad smells and decaying wooden surfaces. If one or more of these problems occurres in the building, the owner is legally obligated to check the area if it has moist soil and is there a direct drainage from the dirt into the basement. The wall of the foundations should be thoroughly inspected and checked for cracks, because they can be very dangerous for the building itself.
Check part two to see how to keep your basement area mold and bacteria free.


May 3, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning, Home Improvement

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