How to Clean Mold from a Dehumidifier Basket

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How to Clean Mold from a Dehumidifier Basket

The purpose of a dehumidifier is to remove excess moisture from the air to prevent mold and mildew growth in damp areas and homes. A dehumidifier retrieves the moisture in a water basket, where it collects. The basket needs to be emptied on a regular basis and if not the stagnant water can form mold on the inside of the collection basket. If mold appears, then the mold spores need to be killed, to prevent them from spreading and becoming airborne.

List of Supplies:
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Dust Mask
  • Dish Soap
  • Water
  • Soft-bristle Scrub Brush
  • Bottle Brush
  • Chlorine Bleach

Steps to Clean Mold:

  1.   First, put on rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands from touching the mold directly. If you have a mold allergy, put on a dust mask to prevent inhaling the mold spores.
  2. Remove the water from the collection basket of your dehumidifier, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If the basket is full, be careful to not spill any water on the unit. (Many units have handles and a lid to prevent the water from spilling and make carrying the basket easier.)
  3. Empty the liquid from the dehumidifier water basket into either your sink or down a drain.
  4. Fill the water basket half full with clean water. Add a teaspoon of dish soap for every gallon of water used.
  5. Stir the water around inside the water basket to loosen the mold and other debris. Use a soft-bristle scrub brush to clean away any visible mold inside the basket. A bottle brush can get into tight corners in the basket. (Be sure to thoroughly clean the brush after usage.)
  6. Empty and rinse out the soap from the basket with clean water.
  7. Mix 1 cup of bleach to every gallon of water and use it to fill the water basket and cover the areas affected by mold. Swish the solution around the water basket while filling it to mix the bleach and water. (This is the only time we recommend using bleach to clean mold. Bleach can be used to clean the water basket because it is made of non-porous plastic.)
  8. Let the bleach solution sit in the water basket for 15 minutes to kill any remaining mold spores.
  9.  Empty the water basket and rinse it with clean water. Make sure to rinse several times, ensuring it is rinsed thoroughly.
  10. Finally, place the empty water basket back into the dehumidifier following the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Prevent Mold Growth after a Winter Storm

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Prevent Mold Growth after a Winter Storm

Homeowners need to be aware of mold growth after a winter storm. Winter storms can be quite detrimental to your home with harsh conditions such as snow, ice and freezing temperatures. After a storm you need to check your home for damage to prevent mold from spreading into your home. The damage can often go unnoticed until the spring thaw, however by then it may be too late and water may have infiltrated into the walls of your basement, attic or other areas of your home. In conclusion, it is imperative to give your home a thorough check after a winter storm. Here is a checklist to assess key parts of your home. (Please contact a professional if you have any further questions or concerns regarding mold or a water issue.)

ROOF CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Check for any loose or missing shingles. They need to be replaced or repaired if there are.
 ü  Inspect for leaks around chimneys, plumbing and attic vents as well as skylights.
 ü  Remove any tree limbs that are near the roof that could potentially break and fall through your roof.
 ü  Examine the attic and crawl space to make sure you have no leaks that could damage the ceilings.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Check to ensure the gutters and downspouts are securely and properly attached to your home.
 ü  Make sure your downspouts are cleared out of leaves, branches and any other debris so that they can flow freely.
 ü  Extend downspouts away from your home’s foundation.
 ü  Consider getting a sump pump if you have standing water around your foundation or your crawl space. If you have a sump pump make sure that it is working properly.

SIDING, WINDOWS & DOORS CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Look over your siding to make sure nothing has come loose or is damaged.
 ü  Make sure your seals are tight on doors and windows. Check the outside caulking for any damage or leakage.
 ü  Wipe up any window condensation on inside windows, especially metal windows.
 ü  Consider replacing metal windows and other exterior door edges with vinyl to avoid air and water leakage.

BASEMENT AND CRAWLSPACE CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Check for water seepage and make sure walls and floors are dry in the basement, especially in cracks or joints where the wall and floor meet.
 ü  Make sure there is no standing water in the crawl space.
 ü  Purchase a dehumidifier (Ask about the Santa Fe Classic) to remove moisture from your basement.

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