Mold After A Basement Flooding
After a flooded basement, it is vital that you check your basement for and prevent mold and fungus growth. Not only does mold cause some health issues for you and your family, but once it is in your home, it can easily get out of hand and difficult to get rid of.
The most effective way to prevent mold of course is to avoid leaks, floods, and humid air within your basement!
What is mold?
Mold and mildew are neither plant nor animal with over 100,000 species detected all over the world. Mold is typically found in humid and wet areas including a wet basement and is different from the type of organic mold that grows outdoors. While both mold and mildew are both a type of fungi, they do have a few differences between them.
Why is mold bad for you?
Mold often thrives in a damp and humid environment much like a wet basement and as it grows it continues to release spores into the air. These spores are what causes several of the health issues associated with mold. Constant exposure to mold can lead to allergy like symptoms including sneezing, wheezing, running nose, itchy eyes, headaches, and more. For those with asthma or a weakened immune system, these can be especially harmful.
Why does mold occur after a basement flood?
As mentioned before, mold thrives in dark and wet areas. This makes your basement, especially after the wetness of a flood, the perfect environment for mold to live. Also with just how little time you probably spend in your basement, it is likely that mold can easily grow without you noticing for a while. That is why you should take preventive measures immediately after a basement flooding.
Basement waterproofing – Before a flood has occurred or after you have dried your basement after one, waterproofing your basement is vital to keeping your basement safe from flooding.
Disinfectant spray – If your basement has just flooded or is humid, make sure to spray around to prevent any mold growth from occurring.
Repairing leaks and cracks – Make sure to check the pipes, walls, and foundation for any leaks or cracks and repair any that are found. The more you can prevent moisture coming into your basement, the better.
Whether you are looking to prevent a flood with basement waterproofing or need mold remediation after it has already started to grow, contact AAAction Waterproofing today to live moisture-free again!