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Base­ments may not be go-to han­gouts dur­ing spring, sum­mer and fall, when many home­own­ers spend more time on their pa­tios and decks en­joy­ing the great out­doors. But as win­ter ap­proaches and the great out­doors be­comes less wel­com­ing, base­ments once again be­come pop­u­lar places to re­lax and spend time with loved ones. That’s why fall is such an ideal time to ad­dress mold is­sues in a base­ment. Ac­cord­ing to We­bMD, ex­po­sure to mold can ir­ri­tate a per­son’s eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. That’s true whether a per­son is al­ler­gic to mold or not.

Even peo­ple who are merely sen­si­tive to mold can ex­pe­ri­ence sneez­ing and runny nose, and some may even de­velop red eyes and skin rash if ex­posed to mold. Re­ac­tions are much more se­vere for peo­ple with mold al­ler­gies, who may ex­pe­ri­ence short­ness of breath or suf­fer from asthma at­tacks if ex­posed to mold. Molds re­quire mois­ture to grow, and base­ments may pro­vide ideal grow­ing con­di­tions for mold. Mold spores can­not grow with­out mois­ture, so de­hu­mid­i­fiers can help home­own­ers ef­fec­tively re­duce the risk of mold growth in their base­ments. We­bMD ad­vises home­own­ers keep in­door hu­mid­ity lev­els, which can be mea­sured with an in­ex­pen­sive in­stru­ment known as a hy­grom­e­ter, be­low 60 per­cent. In lieu of wall-to-wall car­pet­ing in base­ments, in­stall con­crete floors and area rugs to make mold growth less likely. Base­ment floors also should be rou­tinely in­spected for leaks, as leaks can pro­mote mold growth. Ad­dress leaks promptly if any are found.

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