The Dangers of Basement Mold


Do You See Signs of Mold in Your Basement?

 

If you see any of the following warning signs:

  • White streaks on your basement walls
  • Black spots on your basement walls, ceiling, floor, or in or around organic materials such as wood or dry wall
  • There’s a musty smell in your cellar or crawl space
  • Your basement is almost always damp or dank
  • Your basement walls or floor are wet
  • You have flooding during or after rain and snow storms

you need to have your basement inspected for mold, and if it is present, have it removed ASAP.

 

From the Center for Disease Control Website:

For people sensitive to mold, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

 

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