How To Avoid Mold, Mildew, & Foul Smells

Let’s Protect Our Home from Mold, Mildew, & Foul Smells

No one likes to hear the word mold especially if someone is talking about your home! But mold, mildew, and a slew of other problems can occur if there are any water problems in your home or business. Sometimes, even the tiniest leak may lead to fungal growth. In fact, if there are no barriers or solutions protecting your home or business from added moisture, this will increase the chances of larger problems occurring down the road. So preventing added moisture in your structure can prevent larges issues such as foundation cracks, poor air quality, and bowing walls in the future.

Have you ever wondered why basements and crawlspaces often smell like a dirty laundry bag? Well, this is typically due to mold and mildew growth. According to the CDC, “molds are very common in buildings and homes [and] will grow in places with a lot of moisture. [Additionally] mold grows well on paper products, ceiling tiles, wood products …insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.” So basically, mold and mildew can grow very easily particularly when there is moisture in the air, there has been a previous flood, and there have been leaks due to cracks or bowing walls.

5 Easy Tricks To Prevent Mold

There are several preventable measures you can take to avoid mold and mildew. For instance, be sure to have proper venting for appliances, especially those in the basement like washers, dryers, and hand sinks. In addition, try to remove stale air when possible. Because mold is highly active in high humidity, mold increases exponentially in lower levels. Here are some solutions:

Install a dehumidifier

Installing a dehumidifier will drastically lower the chances of mold growing in your home. Reputable dehumidifiers will decrease the necessary amount of humidity in the air which will reduce the chances of other foundation-related issues.

crawl space encapsulation to prevent mold growth in south dakota


Crawlspace encapsulation

Encapsulating your crawlspace is another preventable measure. At Rapid Foundation Repair, our team can install vapor barriers to inhibit the chances of water coming into your home. This industry-standard material is designed to keep moisture out of the crawl space. This material wards off the diffusion of water vapor through the walls and floors.

it may be time for a sump pump

Sump pumps are another great option when it comes to avoiding mildew growth and foul smells. Essentially, sump pumps will take in the excess water that wants to flood your lower level and push it back up outside. It keeps harmful groundwater from entering your home for good. Our team uses industry-leading warranty Pro Series Sump Pumps. We are properly trained to install these quality products.

fill in unnecessary cracks

Oftentimes, annoying cracks allow water to seep into buildings. Over time, even the smallest of leaks can begin to make a room smell pretty gross. Our crack injection repair process can fill in these unnecessary cracks and keep them closed for good. This process will ward off any subsequent issues that may have occurred.

interior drainage in basement


interior/exterior waterproofing methods

Our team is trained in installing both interior and exterior waterproofing products. Interior drains will allow water to properly drain to the outside of your home. On the other hand, exterior drains, including channel drains, can be placed below ground and above ground to divert the water away from your structure. Either drainage option will keep your foundation dry and your basement free of pooling water.

Call Today To Get A Free Quote

If you have a foul smell lingering in your basement or crawlspace, contact us so we can give you a free quote. We cover a large service area in parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Feel free to follow us on our social media platforms as well.