Mailbag: Preventing Mold and Mildew in Basement Carpet

Michele wrote:

Hi There,

Right now we are finishing our basement and we hired a contractor to do the job. They do all the phyisical work, but there are some decisions we need to make. We live in Virginia and constant rain has made us very aware of flooding, mold and mildew. The basement currently has a cement floor but we would like to put down carpet for obvious reasons. What can be done to keep mildew and mold to a minimum once the carpet is laid down? Are there special mattings or mold-resistant paddings that can be laid underneath the carpet? I appreciate any help you can give me.


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The first line of defense for any mold and mildew prevention program is to make sure you have a dehumidifier installed and running in your basement. This will reduce the humidity in the basement and make the environment less hospitable to unwanted little nasties that can wreak havoc on carpet, wood, etc.

Next, I recommend using an air purifier which features both phyotohydroionization and electron generation, which work together to quietly and safely clean up to 3,000 square feet of air. The only product I know of that offers both of these features is the AirSource 3000. In scientific studies, the AirSource 3000 reduced mold and yeast counts by an average of 94% over a six-day period and bacteria counts were reduced by an average of 95%. We use two in our house: one for the upstair living area and in the basement (along with a dehumidifier). Since using the AirSource 3000, we have never had a mold, mildew or odor problem and allergic symptoms from pollen and pet dander disappeared. It’s a good investment for the health of any home. Learn more about the AirSource 3000 and buy yours today here.


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