Mold Free Basement, Is It Possible?



Keeping your basement mold-free during the summer can be challenging due to the higher humidity levels. Here are some A-1PRO TIPS to help you maintain a mold-free basement:


PRO TIP 1. Control Humidity Levels

Dehumidifier: Use a dehumidifier to maintain humidity levels between 30-50%. Empty the water tank regularly or set up a continuous drain.

Ventilation: Ensure proper containment of environmental control. Keep vents, windows, and doors shut to prevent humid outside air mixing with cooler crawlspace/basement air to form condensation on the pipes and wires.

Our customer with a crawlspace had water dripping from the exposed pipes. Turns out their vents were left open and condensation was forming. Once the vents were closed the issue was fixed.


PRO TIP 2. Waterproofing

Seal Cracks: Inspect walls and floors for cracks and seal them to prevent water seepage.

Gutters and Downspouts: Ensure gutters and downspouts are clean and direct water away from the foundation.

It’s best to consult a local waterproofing company to assist with any major waterproofing needs to prevent moisture in your basement.

PRO TIP 3. Insulation

Pipe Insulation: Insulate cold water pipes to prevent condensation.

Wall Insulation: Properly insulate basement walls to reduce condensation and dampness.

Most major hardware stores carry the supplies you need to properly insulate your basement.

PRO TIP 4. Regular Inspection and Cleaning

Inspect for Leaks: Regularly check for leaks in plumbing and the foundation.

Clean Regularly: Clean the basement regularly to remove dust and debris that can hold moisture.

Mark it on your calendar several times a year to perform this check up.

PRO TIP 5. Use Mold-Resistant Materials

Mold-Resistant Paint: Apply mold-resistant paint on walls and ceilings.

Avoid Carpeting: Use mold-resistant flooring instead of carpets, which can retain moisture.

It’s best to use materials that will inhibit mold from growing. Most products that are mold-resistant are ideal.


PRO TIP 6. Remove Organic Materials

Store Items Properly: Store paper, wood, and fabric items in plastic containers.

Declutter: Keep the basement clutter-free to allow for proper air circulation.

The less content you have in your basement the less opportunity for mold to grow.


PRO TIP 7. Use Moisture Absorbers

Desiccants: Place desiccants like silica gel or moisture-absorbing products in problem areas.


PRO TIP 8. Sump Pump

Install a Sump Pump: Consider installing a sump pump to handle any water that seeps in during heavy rains.


PRO TIP 9. Maintain Proper Landscaping

Grading: Ensure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation.

Avoid Planting Close to the Foundation: Keep plants and trees away from the foundation to reduce water absorption near the basement walls.

This would be another topic to discuss with the waterproofing company. To offer assistance with structures such as French drains.

PRO TIP 10. Professional Help

Consult a Professional: If mold issues persist, consult A-1PRO Disaster Restoration for a thorough inspection and treatment.


By following these A-1PRO TIPS, you can significantly reduce the risk of mold growth in your basement during the summer months.