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  • Beds and carpeting should always be discarded. These items cannot be cleaned.
  • Draperies and clothing can be saved by washing or dry cleaning.

Floors and Walls

  • Mold CleanerMoldy walls, ceilings, and floors must be washed more than once to properly clean and disinfect.
  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  • After cleaning, the surface should be allowed to thoroughly dry.
  • Wash the walls, ceilings, or floors again using a mixture of liquid household chlorine bleach and water.
  • If you have water in your basement, remove as many items as possible furniture, carpeting, and stored boxes of clothing or appliances.
  • Use a disinfectant or chlorine bleach solution to scrub walls, paneling, and sheet rock.

Controlling Condensation

There are two ways to control condensation; insulation and dehumidification. Here are some ways to help keep your basement dry.

  • FanUse a fan to circulate basement air.
  • Use a humidifier to remove excess moisture in the air.
  • Do not keep wet clothing or materials around the house, use a dryer or clothesline to dry them.
  • If your basement is damp, get a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
  • Air conditioners are great for the summer months; they remove some moisture as well as cool the air.

Rugs are better than carpeting for basements because they can be removed and cleaned easier and lessen the headache when there is water damage to your basement (although a sump pump will prevent flooding altogether).


  • Always keep your home as dry as possible.
  • Do not wait to make repairs on your roof and plumbing leaks.
  • Using a sump pump is the best device to keep water out of your basement.
  • Never ignore the dangers and effects of mold.


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