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Protecting Your Basement from Mold

(ARA) - Protecting your basement from mold follows the old proverb - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Have you ever found water in your basement, or seen cracks in your foundation? How about standing water pooling against the outside of the house, or something green growing on the walls of your basement? Well, any of these things can spell problems in your basement, but quick action can make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a problem costing thousands of dollars to repair.

The most important step in controlling mold growth is controlling moisture. Whether itís from leaking pipes or cracks in the walls or floors, moisture creates an excellent breeding ground for mold and mildew. Unfortunately, mold can be a health hazard and many people are allergic to the molds found in your typical home basement. Plus, mold damages whatever it grows on and many porous items, like ceiling tiles, wood, drywall, books and carpets, which may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.

Thatís why damage caused by mold can quickly become expensive to fix. For example, mold on a floor can cost less than $500 to remedy, while a more complicated problem involving structural damage can run a tab from $5,000 up to tens of thousands of dollars.

So, how can you control moisture in your basement? Here are a few easy steps to take:

If youíve got cracks in your cement walls or floor, seal them before there is a problem.

If you already have a leak, use a hydraulic cement to repair the leak. Quick Plug hydraulic cement from DAP is designed to dry quickly, so youíll need to mix it with water and hold it in place. It creates a watertight seal in just three to five minutes.

Finally, create a waterproof barrier between your basement and the moisture outside by sealing your basement walls. This is something you can do before you ever notice a problem. It is important to use a paint designed specifically for preventing moisture infiltration and mold growth. One made just for this task is DAPís Kwik Seal Plus Basement Paint with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection. This specialty paint safeguards concrete and masonry walls with a waterproof seal thatís guaranteed for ten years. For added security, the Microban protection in the paint continuously fights the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria and mold on the dried paint surface. Itís available at most Loweís Home Improvement Centers and comes in white, gray and beige.

A waterproofed basement offers peace of mind and can prevent visits to the doctor and costly repairs down the line. For more information on repairing your basement, call (888) DAP-TIPS or visit

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