Mold in your crawl space
Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible mold growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the walls of the crawl space.
What causes mold to grow?
Mold requires nutrients, water, oxygen and favorable temperatures to grow. Nutrients for mold are present in dead organic materials such as wood, paper or fabrics, some synthetics such as paints or adhesives. Mold requires moisture, although some mold species can obtain that moisture from moist air when relative humidity is above 70%. Many molds throve at normal indoor temperatures.
How much mold exposure is harmful?
WHile it is hard to gauge how much mold exposure is ok for a person to tolerate, all Mold exposure is harmful to all who encounter it. It typically causes symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, asthma, skin irritations and other allergies.
What types of mold/fungus are found in homes/crawl spaces?
While there are many types of mold and fungus’ that can grow in a crawl space or home, here are a few of the most common mold found in crawl spaces and how mold exposure affects your health.
- Stachybotrys – Black mold, also the most toxic form of mold that grows in homes and crawl spaces. Exposure to this type of mold can contribute to memory loss, ADD, irritability, depression, damage to organs including liver, kidneys and lungs.
- Penicillium – While it probably sounds familiar in its role in medicine, it can be harmful in some instances. Some strands release harmful toxins in the air and cause some adverse health effects.
- Cladosporium – This type of mold is known for causing a variety of respiratory problems.
- Alternaria – This is another common type of mold that is found in homes, more specifically, this mold is found in many crawl spaces. Exposure to this type of mold can lead to allergic reactions and worsening of asthma.
- Aspergillus – While this type of mold typically has lesser health effects when compared to other types of mold, it is still harmful and should be removed from your home or crawl space. It can cause or contribute to allergies, respiratory infections and inflammation of the lungs.
- Wood rot fungus – This type of fungus feeds on the wooden structure of your crawl space. Over time this fungus can decay the structure of your home, causing floor system failure and sagging/bouncy floors.
Dealing with mold in your crawl space or home, it may seem scary. For peace of mind and a healthy home, call us today for a free quote on your crawl space mold remediation today.
How to treat mold in crawl space
- Assess the damage. Call Affordable Foundation & Home Repairs today to have one of our technicians examine to what extent mold has damaged you crawl space. We offer antimicrobial treatment to a soda blasting the areas in which mold was found, stripping it completely from the wood. The antimicrobial solution will kill any mold or fungus present. Mold can stain wood, thus soda blasting removes any surface staining that may be left behind.
- Prepare for mold removal. Ventilation is a crucial part of mold removal. The crews at Affordable Foundation & Home Repair will ensure vents are sealed and fans are installed throughout to circulate the air out of the crawl space.
- Applying Chemicals. Affordable Foundation & Home Repairs crews will saturate the areas and scrub the areas to ensure that mold is removed.
- Soda Blasting. A soda blaster is much like a sand blaster in that it will remove the mold from all surfaces by blasting it with high pressure particles. First mold is removed by blasting the mold, then an antimicrobial solution is applied.
- Prevention. Once you have had mold removed from your crawl space, it is important to follow up with Crawl Space Encapsulation to prevent future outbreaks.