Basement Mold Removal


Growth of mold in a basement has enough potential to spoil all basement glam. Exhaustively investigate each and every nook and corner of your basement. Explore the furniture, under the carpet, behind the board or ceilings. You can find mold almost anywhere. Common molds which inhabit the basement are mold and mildew. The obnoxious odor of these molds makes difficult for us to breathe. Finding and eliminating the mold from the basement is no rocket science. Knowledge of some household basement mold removal techniques can easily solve the mold problem and protect you from greater danger ahead. Taking into consideration few measures during basement construction can also prevent mold formation.

Factors which lead to mold formation in basement

  • Place of leading humidity.
  • Moisture and leakage of pipe or sink.
  • No proper ventilation.
  • No proper surrounding.
  • Weeds and wild plantation surrounds the basement.
  • Placing the clothes drier without vent can also lead to moisture and dampness.
  • Huge temperature difference between outside and inside of basement wall.

If we overcome the above factors then we can prevent mold in the basement to a far greater extent.

Tips for basement mold removal

  • Clean the mold infected region of basement. Cover yourself completely while doing this with mask, respirator, wear eye protection, rubber gloves and clothing. Wear long sleeves clothes while clearing the mold. One Suggested respirator is N95, 3M #1860 or TC-21C particulate respirator. Use those clothes and coverings which can be easily laundered.

N95 Respirator

  • Two strong fluids to get rid of basement molds- cola and vinegar. Scrap or wipe the mold infected surface with sponge dipped in these liquids.

Scrub the mold infected surfaces with non-ammonia soap or detergent.

  • Discard those materials which can not be mold disinfected. Such surfaces are carpet padding, sheetrock and paper.
  • Sanding can remove the mold from wall studs. Sanding means to remove the mold with sand paper.
  • To get rid of that obnoxious smell of mold wash all the clothing properly. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to your washer.

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  • Spray the bleach and water solution.
  • Make a solution of one cup of bleaching powder, 1 gallon water and one-half laundry detergent. This concentration of bleach and detergent is good for concrete surface. As far as wood surfaces are concerend, they must be cleaned with a dilute solution. Apply this solution with the sponge on the surfaces. Dry out the surface properly either using fan or rag.

Scrub off the mold

  • Make use of Spatula
    This is one of the best known and easily available devices to scrap off the mold. If you have to scrub off the mold from wood paneling then use non-metallic spatula otherwise these things can leave the scratch marks.
  • Clean the basement items thoroughly. Such items can be metallic or hard toys or wood furniture or plastics. Use oxygen bleach solution to clean the items properly.
  • Keep your basement dry.
  • Run good company dehumidifier.

  • Let the windows and door open especially on warm sunny days to let the proper light inside the basement. Not only the moisture but lack of light can also lead to moisture infection in the basement.
  • Sprinkle some borax powder to get rid of mold from the basement. Scrub the basement walls with the borax paste for better effects.

Most susceptible places of molds in basement

  • Organic materials: furniture, wall hanging, dirty surface, etc.

Moist material- moist basement walls, water leakage area, humidity prone area of the basement and other moist places. Moist places and materials are so prone to mold that even single day moisture can catch mold.

Moist concrete walls and floors, ceilings, under the carpet, rags and other unused materials stored in the basement.

  • Hidden areas such as behind base-boards, in carpet padding, under cabinets, inside walls and under vinyl wall coverings.

Mold can cause nasal, sinusitis, sore throat, skin irritation, respiratory problems and coughing. It can also be an asthma allergen. Make use of heavy duty garbage bags to place the mold. Throw this bag to the outside trash. Some molds are small enough to be inhaled and can cause lung problem. Follow the above basement mold removal techniques to minimize the exposure to mold.

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September 12, 2011

Mold Removal NJ @ 4:15 am #

Thanks for this very useful post! I just wanted to add, according to EPA, if the area contaminated with mold is greater than 30 feet, you have to seek professional help, its too dangerous to do anything by yourself at that point..

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