Do You Have Any Tips For Mold Removal In A Basement?

Do you have any tips for mold removal in a basement? There are several ways to remove mold from your basement. If residents are experiencing mold health systems or if there is a strong musty odor, then that...

If residents are experiencing mold health systems or if there is a strong musty odor, then that is good sign that mold has grown.

"When removing mold in a containment area, members of the household who are sick should leave and have professionals remove it," says Joe Cumpelik, president of Radon Seal Inc., which provides contractors and do it yourself products for concrete and basement care.

If a homeowner wants to tackle this job themselves, then the infested area needs to be contained by securing it with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling plastic sheeting. According to, the area needs to be dried from the leak and humidifiers need to be present to eliminate mold spores from cross contaminating.

When in the mold area, always wear protective clothing and protective face wear because mold can cause serious health problems, says Cumpelik.

Wear a 3M brand one piece, full face breathing respirator mask using an organic vapor cartridge filtration, available at the nearest hardware store, states the website.

Next, you have to kill the mold and clean the surface. You should do this as soon as possible. In that case, homeowners should use a borate bleach solution. You can use a borate based bleach solution and chlorine solution together with a bit of detergent. This remedy will kill the mold when squirting the solution onto the wall, letting it sit for a while.

Then hose off any residue and seal it with radon seal, says Cumpelik. If using a mold fogging system, then let it sit in each room for one half hour, then for the same amount of time in a heating/cooling system. Remove all furniture for first round and then place the furniture back to kill the mold on it for a second round. After killing the mold, wipe down every surface, wipe mold stains and disinfect the area to kill airborne mold.

"Spray a protective fungicidal coating on the whole area before rebuilding the area," says the website. After cleaning the area, retest it to see if mold is still present. Remove all furniture and belongings that couldn't be cleaned from the mold and throw them away.

Mold needs moisture to grow.

"The radon seal will stop the moisture entering your basement and will also seal up the concrete," says Cumpelik.

Make sure the humidity level in a home does not exceed 55% or toxic molds will become present and will thrive. There are temperature humidity devices that can tell the level of the humidity at all times. The places where one should monitor humidity levels are bathrooms, attics, crawl spaces, basements, cellars and closets.

According to, prevent water leakage as well, by sealing all cracks in walls, foundations, doors, windows, and any area that water can seep through. Check all pipes to make sure water is not dripping out. If the pipes have condensation or rusting on or around a pipe, then this is a sign the pipe is leakin

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