“I’d love to have a finished basement,” Gary said, “but I’m really worried about mold. The basement as it is right now tends to be damp, and as we all know, mold loves moisture. I’d hate to sink a bunch of money into a basement remodel, only to wind up with a space we can’t use.”
Concerns about mold and mildew growth are very common among Boston homeowners who are considering having their basement finished. Being in New England means we get four distinct seasons, with fluctuating levels of moisture that can at times be quite high. However, expert Boston basement refinishing companies have been handling this issue for quite a while now, with proven strategies that can successfully leave you with an attractive, usable, mold free space.
Mold needs three things to grow: moisture, something to feed on, and warmth. Prior to beginning any renovation, your Boston basement finishing company will thoroughly inspect your basement for signs that moisture is regularly penetrating the building envelope. This could be through foundation cracks, window seals, or other vulnerable points. Addressing these penetration points helps eliminate one of the required elements mold needs to thrive: moisture.
Then, your Boston basement renovation specialist can finish your basement using insulation and wall board products that are specially designed to inhibit mold and mildew growth. Unlike ordinary wallboard or other common building materials, these specially treated selections give mold and mildew nothing to eat – in other words, these unpleasant intrusions are starved out.
By controlling access to moisture and a food source, the risk of mold and mildew growth is exponentially reduced. If you have concerns about mold but think you would really like having the extra space a finished basement would give your family, call us today. We’d be happy to answer all of your questions!