Mold is a problematic fungus that can wreak havoc on your basement walls. What’s even worse is that basements are often damp, dark and humid, which makes the perfect growing environment for mold. If you notice mold growing on your basement walls, you need to take immediate action to rectify the problem. Keep in mind, however, that for large mold infestations, you will need the help of a professional mold remediation DC in order to properly treat the problem.
A mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach and 4 parts water will effectively remove mold from basement walls made of concrete. Use a stiff brush dampened with the mixture to scrub the mold off the walls. Continue scrubbing the walls and submerging the brush in the mixture when needed until the fungal growth is gone. Once you have removed the mold, let the walls dry before rinsing them off with water.
For basements with wood walls, dilute 1 to 2 cups of chlorine bleach in a gallon of water. Using a scrub brush, scrub the wood walls with the diluted bleach. Let the solution dry on the walls before continuing. Once the walls are dry, create a mixture of 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid and 1 gallon of water. Use a clean brush to scrub the wood walls with the mixture. Make sure to scrub the area where the mold was growing as well as the area nearby. Let the solution air dry on the wood walls.
Once you have addressed the mold problem, you will need to take the necessary steps to keep the fungal growth from returning. This can be a bit difficult since basements are naturally dark and often humid and moist. Thankfully, there are precautions you can take to keep mold at bay. To start, you need to make sure the basement has proper circulation and ventilation. The easiest way to do this is to open the windows and have fans running in the basement. You should also consider investing in a dehumidifier that can be kept in the basement. A dehumidifier will remove the moisture from the air, which will reduce the humidity levels in the basement.
The biggest thing to remember when it comes to mold prevention in your basement is that you must correct water problems. Things like a leaking pipe or seeping walls not only lead to mold growth, but also puts the structure of your home at risk.