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How the experts remove mold

11/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee reading for moisture. SERVPRO of Sanford is available for you 24/7. Leave all molds to the experts and enjoy living in a mold-free home.

Our homes are our most prized possessions, and we always make sure that they are spotless and mold-free. However, hiding in the shadows and sometimes in the most unvisited part of our house is the basement. Do you notice that in most horror movies, a ghostly element or some kind of monster is hiding in the basement? That gives us the feeling that all basements are scary places and should be kept locked and hidden from the world. 

That ghostly feeling from your basement is just the damp walls and layers of mold forming all over the area. In this article, we will give you tips on how to remove molds from your basement, and as a bonus, we will give you ideas on what to use your basement for and not just for storage space.

Water leaks and excess moisture can cause molds to grow in your basement. Molds can grow at an alarming rate if not given proper attention. It is not only an eyesore but can also have the possibility of damaging your home and as well as your health in the long run. Basement mold removal is not an easy task and needs to be done with proper care.

Here are some tips on how to remove molds from your basement:

  • Assess the overall mold problem

We know you’re excited to start removing the filthy molds from your basement walls but the first thing you should do is assess where the molds are coming from. Since it thrives in dampness and moisture, it could be caused by water leakage from your HVAC or pipes leaking. 

First, find the source of leakage and fix them before starting mold removal. You can also opt for a mold removal service to check out the intensity of your mold problem.

  • Equip yourself with Protective Equipment

Always equip yourself with gloves, protective clothing, and face masks such as N95 or a P-100 respirator. This should never be disregarded since dealing with molds can have bad effects on your health particularly if you have a weak immune system or allergies.

  • Dry out the Space

Molds grow due to excess moisture in the area. Thus, for easier mold removal, you need to first dry out the damp space and take as much humidity as possible. The best way to do this is to run a dehumidifier in the room to dry out the area. However, make sure to avoid airflow since this could make the mold spread to other parts of the basement. 

  • Moisten mold before scrubbing them

Scrubbing mold right away can cause spores to spread all over the area. It can also be more dangerous since the possibility of inhaling it is bigger even though you have a face mask on. In this case, using a spray bottle with water and bristled brush can make the mold easier to remove. If you are using rags, never reuse them since they can be dangerous even if it has been washed and the same goes with the brush used as well.

  • Hire a professional mold removal specialist

Mold removal is a daunting task and can also be a time-consuming activity. Also, if this is not done correctly, it can pose problems in the future and has the possibility that the mold could resurface again. If you are looking for an expert mold removal service, SERVPRO of Sanford is available for you 24/7. Leave all molds to the experts and enjoy living in a mold-free home.

As promised, a great idea for your new mold-free basement is renovating it as a Game room complete with a gaming station, billiard, or Ping-Pong tables, and even arcade machines for the complete gaming experience. But if you want to use your basement for extra money, try renovating it as a living space and renting it out. Whatever you choose, enjoy your new mold-free basement. 

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