How To Treat Mold In Your Basement

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Soon the temperatures will start rising again, and water from melting snow and spring rains will start seeping down into the warming ground and collect along the outside of your home's foundation walls. If there are any cracks or openings in the walls, the water can filter into your basement and cause it to flood. You can expect to have mold growing on furniture and carpeting within a few days after a flood. Here is how you can get rid of the mold once it starts to grow. If there is an especially large amount of mold, it might be wise to work with a company that offers mold remediation, such as Total Restoration General Contractors.

You Will Need:

  • Bleach
  • Mops
  • Mop Bucket
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Boots
  • Air Mask
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Saw Horses
  • Fans
  • Squeegee
  • Helping Hand

Personal Protection Gear

To protect yourself from mold and bleach, wear plastic gloves and boots while cleaning. You should also wear an air mask to protect against breathing in mold spores—an N95 mask should be suitable enough for what you need.

Remove Furniture and Carpeting

You should try and get as much the furniture and carpeting out of the basement as you can and place it in an area where it will get exposed to as much fresh air as possible. Many items can just be placed in the yard or driveway on bright sunny days. The sun and warm breeze will help to dry the furniture fast. If you have to remove carpeting, try using saw horses or a fence to drape the carpeting over to help it dry faster once you get it outside (remember, the carpeting is going to be wet and heavy, so make sure you have help carrying it out to avoid hurting yourself).

Clean Floors and Walls

Mix together a solution of bleach and water in a mop bucket (use one part bleach to one part water). Mop the floor and lower part of the basement walls thoroughly. If you have paneling, or some other wall covering your walls, you will probably have to remove it so you can get to the moisture and mold spores behind the covering. If the surfaces of the walls or floors are porous, you should use a still bristled scrub brush to clean out the pores. Rinse everything down with fresh water (use hot water if possible). Push the water on the floor toward a floor drain with a squeegee to help get the water out of the basement.

Allow Basement to Dry

Open windows and doors leading to the basement to get as much airflow as you can. Place fans in the basement and in the doorways leading to the basement to maximize air movement to help dry the basement quickly and completely. You can put everything back into place once it has been cleaned and allowed to completely dry out.