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Marsha Hillman, May 2 2023

Keeping your basement dry in times of heavy rain is key to a mold free home!

Having rain and mold in your basement can be a major headache for homeowners. Not only can it cause property damage, but it can also be a health hazard. Here are six preventative measures you can take to help prevent rain and mold in your basement:

Sealant: Apply a sealant to the walls and floor of your basement to help prevent moisture from seeping in. There are various types of sealants available, so make sure to choose one that is appropriate for your specific needs.

Insulation: Proper insulation can help regulate the temperature and prevent condensation from forming on the walls and ceiling. Make sure to use insulation that is appropriate for below-grade applications.

Humidity control: Installing a dehumidifier can help keep the air in your finished basement dry and prevent mold growth. Consider also installing a ventilation system or ceiling fan to help circulate the air.

Regular cleaning: Regularly clean your finished basement to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating. This can help prevent mold growth and improve indoor air quality.

Professional help: If you notice any signs of water damage or mold growth, it's important to address them immediately. Consider hiring a professional mold remediation company to inspect your basement and recommend appropriate measures for remediation.

Regular maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain any appliances or equipment in your finished basement, such as your HVAC system or water heater. Leaks or malfunctioning equipment can lead to water damage or mold growth if not addressed promptly.

Preventing rain and mold in your basement is important for both property damage prevention and health reasons. For both finished and unfinished basements, proper grading, gutters and downspouts, waterproofing, ventilation, regular inspections, and professional help are all important preventative measures. For finished basements, additional measures such as sealants, insulation, humidity control, regular cleaning, and regular maintenance of appliances and equipment should be taken. Catching problems early and addressing them promptly with the appropriate measures can help prevent major damage and costly repairs.

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Marsha Hillman


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