Crawlspace Mold Detection and Remediation

60% of Homes Have Crawlspace Mold

crawlspace moldIndoor mold can be precarious threat to your business or home and its inhabitants. The health risks which are associated with the exposure to the common strains of mold spores include: respiratory infections and irritations, eye or skin reactions, and different neurological issues like listlessness, migraines and attention or memory problems. People having some pre-existing condition like allergies, COPD and asthma are more prone to health issues related to mold but anyone can suffer after being exposed to the mold spores. Other than risks to human health, mold can also destroy physical structures in your home by eating away at the wooden materials found in framing and flooring.

It is important for the health of inhabitants of a home, including pets, to detect and eradicate mold. In most structures some type of crawlspaces exist where the access to ducts, pipes, electrical, and flooring is located. Mostly these crawlspaces have poor ventilation and they are prone to buildup of moisture. According to studies about 60% homes have crawlspace mold. Wooden wall framing or sub-flooring, dirt floors, and insulation of fiberglass are the common places where mold grows, because these materials give a source of food to crawlspace mold colonies. Moisture may easily get in to the crawlspaces by coming inside from the outside gutters and the storm window wells, or leaky interior plumbing and air conditioning systems. Mold will be inevitably present wherever there’s moisture.

Often, first sign that mold might be present is the musty or pungent odor, which is often associated with basements and crawlspaces. Fuzziness or discoloration might be visible on ceiling. This is mold. Due to dirt floors and insulation, it is likely that you won’t be able detect the mold visually, because mold grows within layers of the material. Mold tests at-home are available but we cannot stress enough, the importance of your health and possibility of spreading mold when you’re testing an area. Crawlspaces provide access to numerous areas of the rest of building via cracks in sub flooring and ventilation networks. The mold spores which get disturbed may easily travel to other locations and the problem becomes worse.

Areas you should look to find Crawlspace Mold

  • Thoroughly check all framing, girders, posts and joists and inspect their exposed sides.
  • Check the subflooring of floor overhead and do inspection of exposed underside of the subflooring.
  • You can have special screening tests. They can help in evaluating condition of crawlspaces which are inaccessible.

After the mold is confirmed in crawlspaces, you must take proper steps in order to make sure that mold does not reappear. Professional mold removal team will seal the spaces properly in order to make sure that the spores don’t make their way in to another location. Next step in stopping the growth of mold is to locate and to remedy any moisture sources in the crawlspaces. After this important step, the reputable restoration companies such as Gold Coast Flood Restorations suggest the clients to replace any insulation of fiberglass with that of less porous and less penetrable materials in order to prevent the further mold growth. Finally, dirt and wood surfaces will need to be cleaned properly with the antifungal.

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