When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Crawlspace For Mold?
When is the last time you examined your crawlspace? Crawlspaces often tend to go un-examined by many homeowners. We get it, they’re dark, dirty and full of spiders. However, it is important to inspect them regularly because the environment under your home can be conducive to the development of dangerous mold. If it’s not remediated quickly, mold in your crawlspace can spread throughout your home.
Factors Leading to the Development of Mold in Your Crawlspace
Mold thrives in excess moisture. Though it has been unusually dry in central North Carolina throughout the fall, Raleigh, Durham, and areas down-east are still soggy from Hurricane Matthew’s historic rainfall. Even if the inside of your home remained dry during Matthew, poor drainage in your yard may have channeled runoff under your home.
Standing water often precedes mold. Other sources of crawlspace moisture include:
- Water Damage: Water damage is often quite pervasive. Leaking water from pipes and malfunctioning appliances can make its way to your sub-floor, floor joists, and foundation.
- Humidity: Most crawlspaces are vented with outdoor air. In the absence of adequate airflow, crawlspaces trap humid air under your home, creating an environment conducive to mold growth.
- Ground Water: Moisture can even seep in from the soil underneath your home. If you see water spots on your foundation walls, your crawlspace is in danger of developing mold.
If you are experiencing ongoing moisture issues under your home, a good solution is to have your crawlspace sealed and conditioned. If you are considering sealing your crawlspace, make sure you consult a professional. In the absence of proper conditioning and airflow, mold can still develop in a sealed crawlspace.
Signs Mold is Growing in Your Crawlspace
There are three key signs mold is developing in your crawlspace:
- Odor: If your crawlspace smells musty, like a wet dog or wet gym towel, you may have mold growing under your home.
- Moisture: Moisture under your home greatly increases the probability that mold is present. Have moisture issues corrected as soon possible.
- Visual: Mold can appear like dirt or mud. There are some key distinctions between dirt and mold, including: color, texture, and the tendency of mold spores to colonize. Read more about mold’s appearance here.
If you suspect mold in your crawlspace, before you perform any kind of inspection under your home, make sure you wear gloves, safety glasses, and a face mask. It is better to contact a professional than risk your own health.
How to Get Rid of Mold
If you have mold in your crawlspace, you don’t have to panic. Have your home inspected by a professional before you make any decision regarding remediation. A true professional will know that it is important for one company to perform the inspection and a separate company to conduct the remediation of mold.
Once inspected, a remediation expert will work with to you develop a plan for remediating the mold, and correct the issues that led to its development. We are here to help. Contact Remtech Environmental if you suspect mold in your crawlspace or home.