Condensation in your basement will look like water droplets on your walls, small puddles on the floors (or damp rugs and carpeting), and sodden spots on drywall. Basement condensation usually happens after heavy rains, floods, runoff from gutters, and changes in temperature. When warm, wet air hits the walls of a home’s foundation it cools, and condensation forms. Leaving basement condensation unaddressed is a bad idea—your Boston basement could develop mold if it stays wet.
Is My Boston Basement Prone to Mold?
Let’s run through a quick checklist and find out if you’re prone to mold.
Have there been heavy rains or flooding in your county recently?
Has any water, even condensation, sat stagnant in your basement?
Does runoff from gutters run down the side of your home or puddle near your foundation?
Do you have any leaks in your roof, or in your chimney?
Do you have high indoor humidity?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your Boston basement is prone to mold.
Under ideal conditions, mold can start growing within a day or two. In order to survive, mold and mildew need humidity levels as low as 50%. This makes a wet basement the perfect place for mold to grow - all it takes is a small water intrusion that’s never cleaned up. Condensation is water, meaning the humidity level is at 100%. Without fans, dehumidifiers, any other proper measures - like fixing any leaks and runoff issues - mold will thrive in a humid and even relatively dry basement once established.
Flooding in Boston could leave your home vulnerable to mold!
Flash floods and intense rainstorms have been bombarding Boston homes with water lately, and yours could be at risk. Even if the water level only reaches a few inches, building materials like wood and drywall suck up moisture easily. This allows mold to grow inside your walls, and spread all the way to the ceiling.
Save Your Boston Home with Mold Remediation
With other mold remediation companies, mold remediation often involves removing drywall, carpet, and paneling to assess the full scope of an infestation. Next, they use the “spray and scrub” method—they apply a solution to kill the mold, and then scrub the dead mold from wherever it was growing. This process results in the added expenses of replacing all the drywall, insulation, and carpet removed during the cleanup.
Unlike most mold remediation companies, at My Pure Environment we do things differently. We use non-invasive methods for mold removal—no demolition required! Our patented dry fog technology is a powerful sterilant which can be disbursed in micro-fine droplets. The droplets drift around with the natural air currents in the room and attach to mold spores, killing them on contact. The process can be completed in as little as four hours, so you won’t have to wait weeks or months for demolition, treatment, and reconstruction.
Call My Pure Environment’s Boston, MA location (978) 584-7634 for a free virtual home inspection and online consultation.