Find mold growing in your home basement and worried it may affect your health upstairs? Our team did the research to answer a common question so you can have all the facts and take action to protect your families health!
It is not uncommon to find mold growing in a basement, cellar or crawl space even in the home with the best drainage and cleaning. Unfortunately, mold is naturally attracted to dark, damp spaces where it can quickly spread spores.
In this guide we’ll take a look at if mold growing in your basement can affect air quality upstairs:
Does Basement Mold Affect Upstairs?
Yes, mold spores growing in the basement can affect the health of people living upstairs. Once mold starts growing it can quickly spread to nearby areas and eventually start to grow in the basement ceiling and into the rest of the home.
Air conditioners can blow mold spores from the basement into the HVAC system and air ducts to be spread across the house. These mold and mycotoxin spores can cause countless health problems including respiratory problems!
Home Mold and Your Basement
The basement is one of the most common places to find mold. Why? Because it is dark, wet and there are plenty of materials like wood, carpet, and concrete for spores to grow on. on top of that, the basement does not get as much cleaning as the rest of the home which means mold can grow undetected for long periods of time.
We recommend checking areas that mold commonly grows every time you do sump pump maintenance and cleanings. This will give you an opportunity to check places like the sump basin and drain lines for mold multiple times per year. If you find mold growing (even a small patch) it is important to take action right away to protect your health!
Health Impact of Basement Mold
Mold growing unchecked in your basement can have severe impact on your short and long term health. Mold exposure has been proven to cause many respiratory issues so it is important to remove it or call a mold remediation company right away.
Long term exposure can have severe impact on all family members – including pets so take action the same day you find mold growing in your basement!
How Mold Spreads From The Basement
There are a few ways mold can spread from the basement to other parts of the house. The most common way is for the mold to continue to grow undetected inside the walls or under the carpet. Time will allow the spores to grow and spread until it eventually spreads from the first location to other nearby areas.
A second way mold spreads from the basement is the air conditioner or heater. Spores are lifted from their original location and carried by air currents throughout the rest of the home. This can cause mold to start growing in the air ducts then eventually spread to the rest of the upstairs house.
What Should I Do When I Find Mold?
If you find black mold growing in any part of your home it is important to start removal right away. If it is a small patch you may be able to clean and remove it with some spray and scrubbing – especially if it is growing on a hard surface like concrete.
If the mold has started to spread or is growing on a soft surface like carpet you will likely need to call a professional mold removal company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can mold in the basement make you sick?
Yes, basement mold can cause short term and long term health problems if you are exposed to mold or spores in the air.
Is mold in the basement dangerous?
Yes, mold exposure can cause serious health problems
What do you do if you have mold in your basement?
If you find mold growing in your basement look for the cause and remove it before it can spread
How do you know if you have mold in your basement?
The best way to know if you have mold growing in your basement is to check common growth areas every month and keep an eye out for a mildew or musty smell