Even the tidiest of houses can suffer from mold and mildew growth, and not know it. Basement mold can be tricky to find, and harder to treat because it can go unnoticed for so long.

You and your family are at-risk in your Northern Virginia home, even if a small growth of mold is present in your basement, crawl space or attic. Identifying and treating mold as soon as possible is key to keeping your Northern Virginia basement dry and your family safe from the dangers of mold.

Each year millions of people suffer from what they believe is the common cold. However, recent studies show that more than 28 percent of people presenting cold or flu-like symptoms to their doctor are actually suffering from reactions to mold in their homes. A wet basement provides the best situation for mold spores to attach themselves to a surface and grow. The next time you catch a cold that seems to just not go away, consider hiring a professional mold inspector to evaluate your home for mold growth.

While water can enter your home through leaks in the roof or from plumbing, the overwhelming majority of homeowners who find mold in their home find they have a wet basement. Check the roof, basement, attic and around all plumbing for signs of moisture or mold growth. Mold spores love to live in environments that are damp, warm and dark – most of the places that make it unpleasant to explore for mold.

Running a dehumidifier in your basement, in addition to a sump pump, can significantly reduce the amount of moisture in the basement air, thereby reducing the likelihood of mold growth. When possible, keep the humidity level below 50 percent for the best mold prevention.

The mold prevention and dry basement experts at Basement Waterproofing Nationwide can help assure you your basement is well-protected. Serving all on Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, the dry basement experts at BWN will protect the health of you and your family.