Dean Graziosi states that if you’ve noticed that your basement has developed a musty, damp odor then it has more than likely become a breeding ground for mold. Mold spores have been proven to cause physical reactions such as a stuffy or runny nose, wheezing, watery and itchy eyes, hives and rashes. It has also been shown to bring on asthma attacks in those who suffer from asthma. Because these harmful spores can easily travel to other areas of your homes via a draft or heating duct it is important that you take the necessary precautions and steps to contain and rid your home of mold.
The first thing you should do is to remove any unused items and junk that may have accumulated in your basement. Throw away or donate any items that you no longer want or need that are in good condition. If you have any items such as old clothing, newspaper, scrap wood or wood furniture that you believe has been affected by the mold you should throw it away. Once you have separated the items that you are going to keep from what is going to be recycled or thrown out you should place those items in plastic storage tubs that have tight fitting lids.
Once you have cleared your basement, Mr. Graziosi states that your next step should be to clean all of the surfaces extremely well. You can ensure that you are cleaning properly by using a solution of TSP and water. This will get rid of the dirt that mold uses to feed upon. Once everything has been thoroughly cleaned you should then spray down all of the surfaces with a 50-50 vinegar solution that will kill any existing mold that may still be in your basement. You should allow this solution to remain on the surfaces for between 5 – 10 minutes which will give it plenty of time to thoroughly penetrate all of the mold. After the recommended amount of time has passed you should then rinse the surfaces and reapply the solution occasionally to keep the mold from returning.
After you have cleaned the interior foundation and any slab surfaces in your basement with the solution you should now seal all surfaces using paint. Dean Graziosi recommends that you start with a primer that is designed for use on concrete then apply a semi-gloss latex paint to the walls and floor. Paint will help keep water vapor out of the basement and make the surfaces easier to clean. To ensure that all of the work you’ve done continues to keep the mold at bay you also need to control the water and moisture that has been finding its way into your home. To do this make sure that all of your gutters and downspouts are in proper working condition. You should also slope the ground surrounding your foundation to keep water from accumulating next to the walls of your basement. Once you perform these steps you should be mold free and stopping it from creeping back into your home.