Basement Dehumidifiers - An Important Step Before Finishing Near Fairport, Canandaigua, Geneva, Newark
Aside from making a less comfortable environment, humidity creates many problems in your home. Peeling wallpaper, warped wood, rusting tools, blistered paint and moisture dripping from pipes are all signs of excessive humidity. The worst humidity problem by far? Mold. Once mold finds a way to grow in your basement, it will continue to grow and spread until you take action against it. Mold is ugly. It's smelly, and it often lives alongside bacteria, rot, insects, and rodents. It definitely doesn't go well with your ideal finished basement plan!
To make matters worse, mold can also be hazardous to your health. The spores released from the mold will travel throughout the entire home. If someone in your home is afflicted by asthma or allergies, mold spores will surely make their condition worse. Mold in the air has also been known to lead to irritation in their eyes, ears, nose or throats, as well as leading to a variety of other health issues. Children, the elderly, and pregnant women are also at a higher risk for mold spore related health problems.
Coating your basement floor joists, pipes, walls, and other structures with a mold-preventative coating is an interesting idea. For the sake of argument, let's assume that these coatings work.
Your basement will still be humid, but anything coated will resist mold growth! Sounds great! Just don't bring boxes, wood furniture, cloth, cushioned furniture, clothing, books, holiday supplies, or anything else that is uncoated and contains organic material into your basement and you should be fine.
Of course, it might be more useful if the WHOLE basement is protected, and not just the coated surfaces. If you're planning on using your finished basement, then dehumidification is the answer! Schedule a free estimate with Marshall Exteriors, LLC and get started with basement dehumidification needs!
The Three Things Mold and Mildew Need in Order to Grow:
- Organic material to eat (such as paper, dust, food particles and some wallpaper glues)
- Warmth (mold prefers temperatures of 60-80 degrees, according to The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services) and
- Humidity (generally a relative humidity over 50%)
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