Because of lack of ventilation and sunlight, your basement ceiling is one of the best places for mold growth. If you don’t find mold, there are some steps that will help you prevent it because it’s much better this way than having to deal with it.
Keeping a dry basement is the perfect solution for mold prevention.
The air circulation
Any window that can be opened for better air circulation should be opened. If there are no windows, an air-conditioner may be a good alternative. You can either buy one or rent one from a specialized company in case you need it just for a small amount of time.
The part of the ceiling that is under a bath or a kitchen is the most exposed one for mold growth. If one of your pipes is causing problems is better to check the basement ceiling regularly for mold. Damp insulation materials also require your attention because it provides a good environment for mold. It takes 4 days for mold to start growing but if it is inside the cavity, you may need more time to find it. Bathrooms and kitchens should have exhaust fans in order to eliminate the moisture that remains in each one of these rooms.
This kind of monitor, installed in your basement, can help you in knowing all the time the ambient moisture. A humidity level under 60% is enough for mold prevention in the basement.
Another factor that may lead to moisture growth is water around the perimeter of your house. Downspouts from gutters should work properly so that water will be expelled in a drain and not in the soil like it usually happens. Any driveway or concrete slab should have slopes that will take the water away from your home walls in order to prevent infiltration.
Every pipe that is connected to your basement should be insulated or otherwise the condensation, during the summer months, will create you problems. Also, don’t forget about the place where the pipe enters into the basement.