Do You Have Mold In Your Basement? Learn How To Check!

Having a finished basement is a great way to add both space and value to your home. This can be used for recreation, a kid’s area, storage, a teenager den, and much more. With that being said, it also can bring an unexpected challenge for the homeowner. 

An unfinished basement makes it much easier to detect mold, and the basement is one of the most common locations of mold growth. Finished basements present more of a challenge because the signs of mold can be hidden behind your finished surfaces. Here are a few tips to determine if you have mold without ruining your basement. 

Think About Prior Damage

One way to start the search for mold in your finished, or unfinished, basement, is to reflect back on any prior damage. This may include having to contact previous owners, but if you have had a seepage issue, then there is a chance you have mold. Water intrusion and organic materials – drywall or wood – create the best environment for mold to thrive. Therefore, a finished basement presents the coziest place. If you’re concerned about your mold levels, contact Mold Doctors for a free mold inspection! 

Check For Damages

Another way to tell if you have mold in your basement is to check for any small signs of damage. Checking the floors, baseboards, and finished walls for streaks and stains that are colored black, green, or even white with orange. With perfect conditions, mold will grow and germinate within 24 to 48 hours, but it can take up to 21 days for the mold to actually become visible. Checking for any small streaks, stains or patches can help prevent rapid mold growth.

Pay Attention to Odor 

Notice a strange odor in your basement? Mold, just like mildew, has a very strong musty smell, especially when confined to a small indoor space. The smell comes from the organic compounds that the mold releases once it begins growing. This can also create allergies and asthma in those within your home if there has been prolonged exposure. If you are suffering from allergies while at home, or even in a specific room within your home, then there is likely mold.

What To Do Next

If mold is present in your finished basement you need to take action immediately, it can wreak havoc very quickly. Removing mold can be a tough venture but with the right people, we can rid your home once and for all. 

There are many DIY options that you can do, but it is most advisable to consult with mold removal or remediation company. One important preventative measure that you can take in your basement is by waterproofing it. Waterproofing your basement before finishing it can help prevent mold, mildew, and also get rid of that musty smell. This should be the first step you take before hanging drywall and all the other tasks that go into finishing a basement.

Already have a finished basement and are worried about mold? Contact Mold Doctors if you are located in Cape Cod or the South Shore of MA. We can provide you with one free inspection – call us at 508-534-9091 to get started. 

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