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  • Use a Dehumidifier – High humidity is one of the leading roots of mold growth in the basement. When the relative humidity level is greater than 80%, mold and mildew thrive. Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, it should be kept at or below 50% relative humidity. A dehumidifier is recommended to maintain an appropriate humidity level.
  • Maintain Proper Temperatures – Many people are prone to turning down the heat in the basement if they aren’t using it. Don’t do this! When air cools, its relative humidity levels increase. The best tactic to sustain a 50% relative humidity level in your basement is to keep it warm in the heating season. The ideal temperature for your basement during the heating season is 58 to 60 degrees F.
  • Get Rid of Basement Carpeting – Carpet captures biodegradable dust and is a breeding ground for mold. To eliminate the various issues basement carpet can bring about, tile or vinyl flooring is the recommended flooring for a basement.
  • Proper Storage – An unfinished basement typically becomes a storage room for cardboard boxes of seasonal decorations or other clutter that needs a temporary home. The problem with that is that anything biodegradable on a concrete floor may lead to mold issues. If water ever enters the basement or moisture occurs, these boxes should be off the floor and on a metal or plastic shelf. This shelving should also be at least 18 inches away from the foundation wall and at least 6 inches off the floor.