If you feel like your basement always feels damp and there is a musty odor that gets stronger every time you go down there, it's time to get the basement tested for mold. There are a lot of different concerns that you will have if you discover mold in the home, so schedule the testing as soon as possible.
Mold can have many dangers for the structure of the home, weakening the building materials, and also for your lungs, respiratory system, and overall health. Here are the three things you want to get started with right away.
If you can visibly see mold in the basement, then you don't need to do testing, You can just call the mold treatment companies in your area to start quoting on remediation. Otherwise, you'll want to have a testing company come in and they will test the surfaces and air to see if mold is detected. If it's in the basement, you may want to have your ventilation system and other areas of the property tested to see how far it could have spread.
You don't want to risk partially removing the mold or failing at a DIY attempt to get rid of the mold on your own. Instead, you'll want to talk with the remediation professionals in your area about the test results, and the treatment that is needed for your specific property.
The severity of the mold, the size of the area affected, and the types of treatments you need will all affect the cost of the remediation services. Prepare to leave your home when the treatment is in process.
There are many ways to prevent mold growth in the home. You will want to seal off any areas in the basement that are letting moisture in, like damaged windows or leaking vents. You may also want to insulate the plumbing to prevent condensation when there is hot water running through cold pipes. Running a dehumidifier in the space after the remediation is complete will also be helpful.
If your basement smells musty and you can see that there are black, green, and white mold spots anywhere on any of the building materials in the space, it's time to get help. You want to restore your home so that it's safe to live in, and you don't want the mold to spread and travel to any other areas inside of the home.
For more information on mold testing, contact a professional near you.