Do you smell musty, damp, or earthy odours when you enter your basement? These are signs that you may have mould in your basement. Since basements are often damp and crowded, they provide a great environment for mould to grow.
Have you tested for radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, odourless, tasteless, radioactive gas found in soil and rock. It enters your home through foundation cracks and can build up to dangerous levels that increase your risk of lung cancer.
Do you work on hobbies such as model building, pottery, painting, or woodworking in your basement? The dust and gases from many hobby materials can irritate or damage your lungs. In certain cases, some products should be avoided altogether.
Do you regularly check and maintain your furnace, water heater, or dryer in your basement? These appliances should be operating properly in order to prevent any dangerous gases and other air pollutants from leaking into your indoor air.
Storage and Clutter
Is your basement crowded with items such as toys, books, and sports and camping equipment? Since basements can be damp and are at a greater risk for flooding, mould growth, and pests, make sure you reduce clutter and store items properly.
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Investing in plastic bins with secure lids is a better solution than storing items in cardboard boxes. Cardboard can get wet and mouldy and can't keep out pesky critters and insects.