Crawlspace Mold & Mildew

Most likely, the crawlspace of your home is a dark, damp, and largely forgotten area. The dark and moist conditions of many crawlspaces make them the perfect environments for mold growth. This may not seem like a huge concern if you rarely enter the crawlspace. However, crawlspace mold could cause issues throughout your entire home if left alone.

Most of the air in your home actually comes from the lower levels of your home – the basement or crawlspace. Because of this, mold in your crawlspace can infect the air that will later travel upwards into your living space. This mold-infected air can lead to musty odors, headaches, respiratory issues, and can also worsen allergies or asthma symptoms for you and your family.

What causes this mold buildup in your crawlspace?

Usually, a combination of factors leads to mold or mildew growth in the crawlspace of your home:

  • Crawlspace vents – If your crawlspace is vented, chances are the vents are doing more harm than good. crawlspace mold and mildew on wooden ceiling in crawlspaceMoisture from outside air enters the crawlspace through vents, sometimes helped along by fan systems in the vents.
  • Humid, wet conditions – rainy or humid weather can cause moisture to gather in your crawlspace (especially if vented). If there has been recent high humidity, check your crawlspace for humid conditions or mold growth.
  • Groundwater seepage – Water in the ground outside can also lead to crawlspace mold and mildew. If water seeps through the crawlspace walls, it can collect and create the essential moist conditions for mold growth.
  • Drainage issues – Plumbing problems or drainage leaks can also cause water to backflow into the crawlspace, causing standing water that may lead to mold and mildew formation.

No matter what the cause of mold or mildew in your crawlspace, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair for a solution today.

Crawlspace Mold Remediation in Alabama

We provide the essential services to get rid of crawlspace mold and to keep it from coming back. First, you need to determine how moisture is getting into the crawlspace and get rid of the mold. To remove mold from the crawlspace, we provide mold soda blasting. This method uses a highly pressurized stream of baking soda to remediate mold and thoroughly clean all surfaces in your crawlspace.

Ensure the mold cannot come back by fixing the underlying cause – the source of moisture entry. If moisture is entering through a drainage problem or by evaporation from the ground, Affordable’s exterior waterproofing and surface drainage techniques can alleviate this issue. If moisture is entering through an open vent, ensure that all vents are closed and tightly sealed.

One of the most common ways for moisture to enter the crawlspace is by seeping through or evaporating from the crawlspace walls. If this is the case, you will need to have a vapor barrier installed in your crawlspace. Installation of a vapor barrier, known as crawlspace encapsulation, is one of our expert services here at Affordable. Call today to learn more about solutions for your crawlspace mold in Alabama.