Mold Damage In Your Basement

Efflorescence can look like a white mold. Moisture and dampness moving through basement concrete can cause spalling and degradation of the concrete. The signs of efflorescence and the white deposits are not mold. But the evidence of the efflorescence does indicate the presence of moisture. Moisture can and does support the growth of mold. So even though efflorescence is not mold, it does indicate the climate needed to grow mold. There are sealers that work well to stop the moisture movement and protect the concrete from degradation. RadonSeal is one of the best concrete sealers available.
This video was created to answer one of the most common questions that I get about mold, and that is “what is that in my basement, it looks like White Mold”
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10 Thoughts on “Mold Damage In Your Basement

  1. Dawn Munson on August 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm said:

    This looks just like my basement and according to my landlords friend a
    black mold expert there is some black mold downstairs but you save the
    landlords some bucks and let him do it him self..Also we have the
    coindition on this You Tube Video and according to this video you need to
    get some Radon Seal..Well knowing my ever so smart landlords they never
    heard of that so they wont be on top of this one either.. So we are giving
    are notice but between this and the black mold we have 2 yrs already .

  2. aaaflooddrying on August 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm said:

    Sorry for your situation, mold is no fun. The white stuff is not mold, but
    it indicates the presence of moisture that can cause mold. The elevated
    moisture coming through the wall can raise the humidity in the room. The
    elevated dampness can lead to mold growth on nearby walls or on anything in
    the space. Having a professional clean up the mold is important so that
    mold is not spread to the rest of the living space. Hope I was helpful, and
    good luck finding a new place. Clay

  3. Molly Remedios on August 29, 2012 at 6:28 am said:

    wow.. its great that you can differentiate mold from efflorescence… if I
    were in the situation I may be over reacting too well :D… thanks, sounds
    like there’s another word added in my vocabulary…

  4. aaaflooddrying on December 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm said:

    I did not know the difference. I had to do research to learn that what
    looked like white mold was actually efflorescence. When you find out its
    just concrete breaking down, its not good but its not mold. The problem is
    that the efflorescence does indicate excess moisture that definitely causes
    mold. Almost every time I find efflorescence, I find mold. It is a canary
    in the coal mine. Some times mold colonies within the efflorescence on the
    concrete are not visible. Clay, AAA Flood Drying

  5. Kyousuke Nakamura on July 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm said:

    is it okay for me to live in my basement?

  6. aaaflooddrying on July 6, 2013 at 12:12 am said:

    If you have concerns, you could call an industrial hygienist and have your
    basement tested.

  7. Kyousuke Nakamura on July 6, 2013 at 12:14 am said:

    My basement has stone walls and its an older basement with cement floors
    and there is a heck load of spider webs in there, I think its also humid
    but I try finding mold spots but I fail to find any, its a walk in basement
    so maybe if I live the door open during the day maybe I wouldnt have any

  8. aaaflooddrying on July 6, 2013 at 8:30 am said:

    Again you should have it tested. But you probably have the circle of life
    going on. Moisture and biofilm as well as dust make mold. Mold is eaten by
    dust mites. Dust mites are eaten by spiders. Spiders make spider webs.

  9. MsSharkit on August 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm said:

    I have a slow leak in one wall in my basement and the carpet and underlay
    served as a sponge to move the water through most of the basement over
    time. I have removed some carpet but not all. I now see some white crystals
    forming where the carpet used to be. Could this be efflorescence?

  10. is there a video somewhere which shows how to prepare these walls and then
    seal them. My basement looks exactly like this and I want to fix it !

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