When was the last time you stepped foot into that cold, dark creepy basement of yours? Well, just because you have been down there in a while doesn’t mean there’s not other living things occupying the space. That’s right, there could be mold lurking in your basement and it’s time to put an end to it once and for all!
There are certainly plenty of reasons to remodel your basement - it can add value to your home, give your kids some space to play during the colder months, or simply add some living space to your otherwise smaller home. Today, we’re going to focus on what you can do during a basement remodel to prevent mold from growing and promote a healthier, cleaner atmosphere.
Standard drywall, or sheetrock, comes equipped with a paper face. When this paper gets wet, it becomes the perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew.
Instead of picking paper-faced drywall off the pile, opt for the panels specifically designed for use in bathrooms. They’re meant to be able to stand up to excess moisture.
Better yet, look for fiberglass-faced drywall. It may be a bit more expensive, but it’s worth the upfront cost.
It’s extremely common for framers to use wood when framing a basement. However, just like paper-faced drywall, wood can attract mold if and when it gets wet.
Steel framing is mold-proof, but just know that it can rust if it’s not installed properly.
There are special types of paint on the market that are designed to kill mold spores, but like fiberglass drywall, it’s typically more expensive.
A cheaper option is to mix your own anti-microbial additive into your standard bucket of paint.
Like the feel of soft, cushiony carpet under your feet? We know the feeling! Just be sure to steer clear of carpets made from natural fibers or options containing rubbery adhesives as these models tend to attract and feed mold spores.