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DIY Basement Tips

We know that a lot of homeowners come to us and just want a few DIY basement tips they can follow to make sure that they always have a dry, safe basement which is free from any dangerous mold growth.

If you adhere to our simple basement tips, you will be able to prevent wood rot from excessive moisture, and without any mold development, your family will breathe much easier!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time. We have a full staff of trained, knowledgeable, friendly individuals who will be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about taking care of your basement.

Simple Preventative Measures

Be sure to follow the following simple preventative measures to keep your basement safe, dry, and mold-free:

  • Proper drainage
    • Make sure roof water flows properly into your gutter system
    • Be sure discharge lines are ran properly to the storm sewer
    • Be sure there aren't any negative grades around your home
  • Common areas of water intrusion
    • Window wells need to be sealed and free of debris like leaves, acorns, pine cones, trash, and sticks
    • Door 'trench' floor drains need to be able to easily flow
  • Sump pumps
    • Must have the right pumping capacity for your home's size
    • Must be inspected at least one time per year
    • Sump pump needs to have a secure cover to keep out kids, toys, pets, and so on
  • Sump pump battery backups
    • All brands are not the same
    • Our UltraSumps have a state of the art charging system in addition to a high pumping capacity
  • Don't waste money on consumer grade dehumidifiers
    • Too expensive
    • Energy efficiency is sub-standard
    • Use the Basement Doctor's SaniDry professional grade dehumidifier and air filtration miracle machine
    • 4 times the water removal of consumer grade dehumidifiers
    • Filters your home's air
    • Can connect to your home's HVAC system
    • It's like a dehumidifier on steroids

Basement Flooding

Basement flooding is devastating, but you need to be sure that you follow the following tips to make sure as little damage as possible is done to your home:

  • Call your insurance company - there will likely be a deductible
  • Use a reputable company which has trained, experienced emergency services techs ready
  • If there is a pipe break, turn off water supply (if possible)
  • If sewage is involved call us ASAP, do not try to clean it yourself
  • Dry out basement within 48 hours to reduce the risk of mold
    • Extract (remove) water
    • Remove contaminated contents
    • Place air movers in affected areas
    • Don't return contents until they are verified mold free
    • Test air if there is a musty smell
  • Mold Concerns
    • Can cause many allergy problems
    • Respiratory disorders
    • Cancer
    • Very destructive to the contents and structural integrity of your home
    • Bleach does not kill mold

Mold Growth Measures

Mold growth isn't just ugly, it can also be damaging to your family's health. Mold can cause: breathing problems, sinus infections, eye and skin irritation, headaches, fatigue, and so on. Take a look at the following information to learn more about mold and how it can be tested and cleaned up in your home:

  • Mold grows when three factors combine
    • Water (or excessive moisture)
    • Organic material (clothes, drywall, wood - even paint) is present
    • Mold spores (usually always present)
  • If you suspect a mold problem, the first step is to have an inspection from a reputable company
  • Mold clean-up
    • Remove moisture from material being repaired
    • Isolate area being repaired
  • Mold sampling
    • Perform pre clean-up testing
    • Again, perform after clean-up testing
  • Helpful mold tips
    • If the area is less than 10 square feet (length times width), you might be able to clean it yourself
    • If the area is larger than 10 square feet, call us
    • Don't use bleach! It's 99% water, loses potency from the moment it's manufactured, and may make things worse! Bleach often removes the color of the mold, but doesn't always kill the spores.

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