Notices

Mildew in basement

Old 07-02-2013, 02:46 PM
  #1  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Monroe, Connecticut
Posts: 723
Likes: 0
Received 8 Likes on 2 Posts
Default Mildew in basement

Anyone have a good do it yourself cure for a damp musty basement. I plan on installing a permanent de-humidifier but need to wash down the walls and floor with some Clorox mixture. Any advice appreciated.
Old 07-02-2013, 02:59 PM
  #2  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Garett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 24,905
Likes: 0
Received 1,165 Likes on 661 Posts
Default

Get the dehumidifier in there ASAP and then deal with the mildew after things have dried up a bit.

If you use bleach to wash the walls and floor down, remove every window in the basement and rent a truck load of big ass fans....the fumes can kill you!!!!!!! I know, I spend 10 days in intensive care under an oxygen tent with a team of doctors trying to save my life and my eye sight. So DON'T mess around with that shit, that stuff is a killer!!!!!!!!!! “If” I were to ever use it again in a closed space with limited ventilation I would rent a respirator because I know if I can smell it I know I am doing harm to my lungs and my eyes!

At the time I converted an old wine cellar "Old Dutch" bleach was the strongest I could buy in a supermarket.
Old 07-03-2013, 05:00 AM
  #3  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: NJ & Greenport LI
Posts: 868
Likes: 0
Received 304 Likes on 139 Posts
Default

There are other products that you can get in home depot or lowes that are safer than bleach.
Old 07-03-2013, 07:32 AM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Martin County Florida formerly Palm Beach County
Posts: 12,243
Received 2,841 Likes on 1,588 Posts
Default

waay better stuff than bleach for that task, my parents had a mildew issue in their basement.
Old 07-03-2013, 07:46 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Morehead City, NC
Posts: 548
Received 51 Likes on 31 Posts
Default

I was told by a mold and mildew restoration company that bleach doesnt kill mold or mildew. It washes it away but the mold spores are still left behind. The best thing to use is antibacterial soap and water. There are also other products out that do the same. I got one, although I cant remember the name at Ace hardware.
Old 07-03-2013, 07:49 AM
  #6  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Garett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 24,905
Likes: 0
Received 1,165 Likes on 661 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by challenger215 View Post
I was told by a mold and mildew restoration company that bleach doesnt kill mold or mildew. It washes it away but the mold spores are still left behind. The best thing to use is antibacterial soap and water. There are also other products out that do the same. I got one, although I cant remember the name at Ace hardware.
Well that's a new one on me.
Well if anyone is in doubt then, germicide will kill mold on contact.
Old 07-03-2013, 07:58 AM
  #7  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: massachusetts
Posts: 11,059
Received 3,373 Likes on 1,856 Posts
Default

Same problem here , now I just run 2 65 pint dehumidifiers all summer .
Lysol to kill the mildew . Bleach does work , but the stuff is just volatile .
Old 07-03-2013, 08:17 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Because Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: PA & NJ
Posts: 5,944
Likes: 0
Received 33 Likes on 19 Posts
Default

You need to first address the source of the water. Scrubbing the mildew first is a waste of time. If your foundation is made of block, I guarantee that you have tens, if not hundreds, of gallons of water within the walls. There is only one way to get that out. Drill 2 holes at the base of the first row of block all the way around the basement. Install a water management system to control the water infiltration and get it back outside where is belongs. Then a good de-humidifer and lastly scrub the walls of mildew.
Old 07-03-2013, 08:20 AM
  #9  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 2,082
Likes: 0
Received 104 Likes on 65 Posts
Default

http://www.earthpaint.net/product_LimePrime.php
Old 07-03-2013, 08:26 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Houston,Tx
Posts: 582
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

I'll take mildew over dead midget strippers in my basement

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.