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Things to do when you find mold in the basement

The CDC has introduced comprehensive information about the potential risks of mold. Briefly, it actually can cause skin irritation, asthma, allergies, and many more. When you find mold in the basement, it is really recommended that you find the solution of the issue for the overall health of you and your family.


In addition, when you are planning on offering your home for sale very soon, you will find a “red mark” throughout the home inspection when mold is found in your basement, leaks and water damage. Red marks found during home inspection usually end up in decrease in value of your home and also the loss of sale.
Given the health as well as home value issues triggered by mold in the basement, what will you do?
However, successful basement waterproofing is not a DIY task.

It is easy to use such things as De-humidifiers, sprays, waterproof paint, air-flow systems, and many others. But those solutions will not work for long. The only solution to simply handle the issue appropriately is to install a drainage system. Basically, the two methods are recommended for basement waterproofing. They are:

Interior waterproofing drain system:



• Dig a trench around internal perimeter of your basement.
• Install gravel base, proceed to drain pipe get connected to sump-pump well, and then back load with gravel.
• Connect flow drain waffle board to wall structure and then make longer over gravel.
• Install or connect sump-pump to drain out the pipes.
• Run exit water lines from sump-pump up and outside.
• Cover with some cement.
• Paint when needed.
The entire procedure, for a 1000sqft space can certainly be finished in seven days , not including any added features .

Exterior drain system:


• Dig trench around exterior right down to the foundation footer and then exit trench.
• Seal outer surface of your wall basement with waterproofing compound.
• Lay gravel base and then pitch water lines to lowest point.
• Cover with grave, and also with a soil filter mesh, back load with clean dirt.
Most homeowners prefer the interior drain method due to the cost (See cost overview below), and convenience. Exterior drain methods usually are not an option because of the sizes, garages, slopes, existing landscaping, pavements, driveways, patios, and many more.

Waterproofing Cost overviews:
The cost descriptions below are general guide. A lot of aspects may increase or decrease the price , except for a starting budget , the pricing below can provide you with the ballpark .

Interior waterproofing drain methods: $20 sq foot.
Exterior waterproofing: $35 per sq foot.

*Cost will differ according to accessibility, electricity, permits, painting, and amount of demolition, elective components like air-flow systems, and many others.
So, for those who have a wet basement and mold are found in the basement, or plant to stop mold growth, it is highly recommended to save money and time and get your basement waterproofed by a professional.

Author: Michael Zittel at DSWaterproofing.com located in Danbury, Connecticut

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