Mold Growth in a Basement?

As a Project Manager with a damage restoration company, I see a lot of basements with mold issues.  All basements are prone to elevated humidity which can lead to mold growth.

Cement walls transpire moisture and humid air is heavier than dry air.  Therefore, nearly all basements are predisposed to elevated humidity in the summertime which can lead to mold growth.

If you do have a basement you should be running a dehumidifier set at 55% during the summer months.  This will lower the humidity and minimize mold growth.  The fan should be set to high and placed in an area that allows good circulation to as much of the basement as possible.  You will be surprised at how often your machine fills up.

PS – This is condensed water and good for watering plants.

~Submitted by Kevin Faller, Senior Project Manager

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