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Question DetailsAsked on 10/17/2013

How do i get rid of mold and mildew in basement?

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There are a few answers to that right below these answers - more in the Home > Mold link right under your question, and a lot in the Home > Basement Waterproofing link in browse Projects, at lower left.

The #1 point is that while you may kill the mold now, to prevent recurrence you HAVE to remove the water source that is promoting its growth - free water coming through walls or concrete, or general humidity above around 55-60% on a frequent or continual basis. Basements are natural mold factories because they are rarely ventilated and air conditioned like the rest of the house, have natural moisture sources (open crawl spaces, open sump pump pits, concrete or block or brick walls and slabs in contact with damp or wet ground, and surroundin surfaces colder than the air, which causes condensation on the walls. The latter is commonly the main cause, so the primary solutions are usually (unless you have free water coming in) to heat and dehumidify the area to limit condensation, and crewate air circulation to mix the mosit air with conditioned air to eliminate humid zones.

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