We're new to the Eastern U.S.-originally from Southern California where
basements don't exist. We've encountered an issue with mold in the basement.
We have a 1970s home with large, full height basement. It's cinderblock,
unfinished, with about 6 1' tall x 2' wide windows above grade and the south
side is partially exposed with door leading out.
Since summer hit, mold is growing rampantly on the items we have stored
there-it seems to particularly like leather, but attacks many other surfaces
as well. Any suggestions as to how to get rid of the mold? We know that we
have a bit of a drainage issue and will be doing some landscape grading to
slope the earth away from the house better, but beyond that, we'd really
like to use the space for storage, workshop, etc...so are hoping to fix the
problem if it's fixable.
We've looked at products like Dry Lock-anyone have experience with that
product for this type of application? Or is there a better fix????
Alot of basements have moisture problems without any visible signs of
water . you need to lower the humidity and keep it below 55- 60% so
mold wont grow . A dehumidifier would be the easiest and best way to
start. getting air circulation from your ac system may help also. Mold
can only be killed by bleach but will damage leather. UGL dry lock,
can reduce water infiltration , but you will still be humid and need to
address outside problems as well. If you use UGL bleach you walls
first to kill the mold . Start with a dehumidifier to control the
humidity, then take on each issue.
With all the rain we had this summer in the northeast - a dehumidifier is an
absolute must - dry out the air and you've stopped the cause of your
problem. Throw away the stuff that was ruined, and use a mild water/bleach
mixture to kill existing mold/mildew on surfaces as necessary...
Welcome to mold hell.
There are times I miss the old slabs in Palm Springs too...but, we had mold
issues there too...everyone did.
Depends on what color mold you have. If its black, and and tarry looking,
you will need to contact a professional as that might be stachybotrys mold
and that is what you want to advoid.
Any bleach you use, in order for it to actually work, will ruin most cloth
or leather items.
Depending on things we cant see on the net, there are several fixes...a
dehumidifier is one...however, if you have central AC, you have a huge
dehumidifier right there that can possibly be used. UV-C band lamps will
help there as well, since most every home in the south has SOME form of mold
in the air...
DryLock will work, to an extent. Solving the water issue will be your first
priority. Keep in mind, that 55% RH is considered to be perfect..and its
hard to get here.
You can do wonders with simple air movement. As little as one air change per
hour will reduce mold greatly, even with 75% RH.
Mold has become the #1 issue in the HVAC world, and you are a prime example
why...its a big issue...and a big concern, and not enough out there that
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