Posted 6/26/2019 6:14 AM (GMT -6)
If someone is able to tear everything out of your basement (don't DIY!) then I strongly recommend not re-doing it. Any drywall, cardboard, sheetrock, flooring, and most insulation below grade simply will grow mold, and the less natural it is, the worse the types of mold tend to be. (For example, solid wood in your basement will grow normal outdoor molds like cladosporium, a relatively harmless mold, whereas human-processed products like drywall will grow all the worst ones you look for on a HERTSMI test.) Tear everything out, seal the walls and floor, and install a sump pump and heavy-duty continuous dehumidification system. Then, you can use it for storage, assuming nothing is on the floor or against the wall, and that everything is stored in metal or plastic.
My mold inspector was emphatic that I never try to live in a house with a finished basement, as below-grade space simply will become moist on the exterior walls due to dew point, and anything covering it or nearby simply will grow mold. Basically he says no matter what you do, there is no such thing as a finished basement without water damage, and no such thing as a finished basement without mold. That said, plaster is better than drywall, if someone insists upon erecting an interior wall in a basement.
Just avoiding the basement isn't a good option, either, due to the stack effect (i.e. basement air rises and contaminates the rest of the house).
Trust me, I know how overwhelming and scary this is. Yet another thing this illness is taking away, right? And yet another thing to worry about. I'm house-hunting right now, and pretty much everyone has finished at least some part of their basement or stored things improperly. My house has sold, and I have nowhere to go, because I have to keep backing out of sales due to the extent of mold in these basements that look fine and smell fine but test horribly. I did consider a house recently with a semi-finished basement because it had no exterior wall materials other than the foundation, plaster interior walls, beautiful polished concrete floors, and a continuous dehumidification system. But of course those are few and far between.
I wish we could just get better without giving up our homes, or buy a fancy air purifier and call it a day. But at the same time, it's not just mold-sensitive people for whom ochratoxins cause kidney failure and cancer. It's everyone. So we're the canaries.
Lyme, bartonella, babesia, mycoplasma, EBV
Mold, MCAS, POTS, CFS/ME, HPA axis
Herbs, AmpCoil, DNRS, diet, nutrients, EOs