Solar energy for mold prevention in the basement

Mold in the basement

A unicellular fungus that grows in damp and dark places is called “mold”. In total, 8 families of the fungus are known, and some species are used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. But when mold appears in the basement, nothing good is expected from it: it is dangerous for humans and the environment.
Mold develops from spores present in the soil. The spores are carried along with the dust and enter the human dwelling. If the conditions in the room are suitable for the development of the fungus – it is damp, there is no influx of fresh air, and there is not enough sunlight – a mold colony develops from the zygote. Therefore, it is easy to find mold in the basement of a house: usually, there is no well-established ventilation and heating in the basement rooms, sewer and water pipes leak, and the air is humid due to the proximity of groundwater. Condensation accumulates on the walls of the basement, water impregnates building and finishing materials, and all conditions are created for the rapid development of mold.

White mold in the basement: why is it dangerous?

It is easy to detect mold in the basement by the characteristic smell of dampness and mushrooms. Black, white, gray or yellow spots appear on the walls, floor and ceiling. Growing, the mold destroys building and finishing materials, reducing their service life. If mold appears on the pipeline, it accelerates the corrosion of the metal, corrodes the seals at the junctions, the pipes begin to flow, and the water supply and sewage systems fail.
But white and black mold in the basement threatens not only the condition of the house. It is also dangerous for humans. Many types of mold are toxic: they release poisons into the air, which, even at low concentrations, cause nausea, vomiting, and headaches, and disrupt the functioning of the nervous system. White mold in the basement is a known allergen. Its spores irritate the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and cause chronic rhinitis and bronchitis. Some types of black mold found in the basement can infect weakened organisms and are especially dangerous for children and the elderly.
The main damage from mold in the house:

  • creating an unhealthy environment that is dangerous for people and pets;
  • reduction of the service life of the building and finishing materials;
  • destruction of engineering communications carried out in the basement.

Simple ways to remove mold in the basement

If you smell mold in your basement, it is recommended that you take steps to eliminate it. First, you need to detect a colony: black or gray spots and streaks at the joints between the foundation slabs, next to pipelines, in places of greatest dampness. First, the mold is removed mechanically using scrapers, then the entire room is disinfected – this way you can not only destroy the mold in the basement but also get rid of most of the spores.

Simple ways to remove mold in the basement

To protect yourself from the reappearance of a dangerous fungus, you need to create conditions unfavorable for its growth. For example, install local ventilation in the basement, with the help of which it will be possible to regulate the temperature and humidity of the air. Thoughtful system:

  • removes excess moisture from the air;
  • prevents the formation of condensate and dampness of building materials;
  • eliminates stagnant air masses.

If the basement is fresh and dry, there is no need to destroy the mold – it will not appear.
To create inexpensive and efficient ventilation in the basement, solar-powered equipment is used – an alternative to traditional electric fan heaters and dehumidifiers. The principle of operation of the devices is simple: they heat the air coming from the street and supply it to the room. Warm fresh air dries the room and displaces the exhaust gases that are discharged through the ventilation shafts. A healthy microclimate is established in the premises, not suitable for the growth of the fungus. But, unlike electrical equipment or appliances that run on gasoline and gas, solar devices do not consume expensive energy resources and have a number of other important advantages.

Solar energy for mold prevention in the basement

Solar energy for mold prevention in the basement

The operation of solar equipment does not require any irreplaceable energy resources: electricity, coal, diesel, or gas, only solar energy is used. Therefore, the devices do not need to be connected to the mains or other utilities connected to them: installation is very simple and is carried out without preliminary development of project documentation. Therefore, you can install solar collectors to protect the basement from the mold at any time, even after putting the house into operation, without the need for costly or time-consuming commissioning.
Solar-powered equipment:

  1. Autonomous and successfully applied at remote and non-electrified facilities;
  2. It is fireproof and works without human control;
  3. Simply selected and mounted;
  4. Does not spend irreplaceable resources and does not burden the family budget – his work is free;
  5. Eco-friendly and safe for the environment.

The device automatically turns on every time the sun shines on it. As a result of forced ventilation, a healthy microclimate is established in the premises, a positive temperature is always maintained, and mold will not appear in the basement.

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