How a Wet Basement goes from Moisture to Mold

How do I get mold from my wet basement? A wet basement here in the Springfield area is not uncommon. From frozen pipes, foundational cracks, sewer drain backups, water heaters failing, to refrigerator/dishwashers leaking, we get all these issues in our homes all the time.

So, once any one of these issues occurs, how do we here in Springfield get into the never-ending issue of mold? What causes mold? Well, in order for mold to come into existence, four things must come into play. 1. moisture/water must intrude into a space. Water/moisture can come from a broken pipe. Water can come into a basement from seepage in through the basement walls, a broken water heater, failed refrigeratior/dishwasher lines. Even hydro-static pressure can cause water/moisture to invade your basement. Water eventually makes its way in between walls, which in essence is point #2. Dark places. Without any light, water sits in between wall cavities, and mold/spore growth will eventually occur. Point #3, Temperature. Water/moisture sitting in dark and warm spaces without any air movement breeds spores within an average of 48-72 hours under typical conditions here in Pittsburgh. Lastly, point #4 is Food. Water encapsulating wood, drywall, clothing like (cotton and wool) that's in cardboard boxes sitting on a damp/wet floor in the basement, are food for the beginning stages of mold growth.

Here at STOP Restoration in Springfield, we performed a mold job this past year for clients that left for vacation for 6 months. They came home to a completely wet bathroom and bedroom. Water leaked throughout both rooms, and sat on and through vinyl flooring, drywall, and the entire wooden sub-floor. Mold had grown throughout the entire area from the water damage, so before our team of professionals could begin to put anything back, we had to encapsulate the entire area, and begin to take out as much of the wet material as possible, than began to use proprietary methods to remove the remaining mold spores before we began drying out the structure. After 13 days, the water damage caused by a broken pipe along with the mold growth, were gone.

One of the best ways to combat the issue of water in a basement, is to purchase a dehumidifier for your basement. keeping the enclosed basement dry everyday is preventative medicine. Seal up any foundational cracks as they appear, and invite fresh air/air movement, and allow it to circulate throughout the basement area all year long. Keep all cardboard boxes off of the damp slab floor, and finally, keep the temperature in your basement below 70 degrees as much as possible throughout the year.

These thoughts and tips can be extremely beneficial in keeping your home dry and safe from water intrusion, but if you've exhausted all remedies, and are unsure what to do next, know that STOP Restoration are here to help you with any/all damage caused by water/moisture in your home. We're available 24/7 365. our technicians are standing by ready to serve any/all of your home/basement needs.