Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement
Basements are damp, which is precisely the environment in which mold thrives. To reduce the risk of mold, use a dehumidifier, seal cracks in the foundation, and replace carpeting with tile, vinyl, or another appropriate hard flooring.
Not every basement laundry area enjoys adequate dryer venting from the basement to the outdoors. You laundry area could even be on the main floor or the upstairs of the home.Rather than running a vent pipe to the outside of the house, some homeowners opt to outfit the dryer with a device that catches lint and then recirculates warm air from the dryer throughout the basement. Unfortunately, the exhaust from the dryer also includes chemicals from laundry detergents. If you spend any time in your basement, have your dryer vented to the outdoors.