From water leaks to high humidity to improperly sealed windows, there are many causes for mold growth within your home’s basement.  Symptoms typically include a distinct musty smell or, more seriously, health symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and wheezing.  In addition to airing out your basement and using a dehumidifier, as a homeowner, you can check for foundation and wall cracks.   Be sure to call a professional for mold removal, sump pump information and other waterproofing options.