A Guide to Mold in Crawl Space

Mold growth anywhere in your home is a serious cause for concern, and the crawl space is no exception. The mold growing there will release its spores into your home, affecting your indoor air quality and possibly making residents sick. If your home has a crawl space foundation, you should know the signs of a problem, how to handle the mold remediation, and how you can prevent future growth in this area.


Crawl Space Mold and Mildew

Due to their openness, crawl spaces accumulate moisture quickly. Mold thrives in these conditions, triggering asthma attacks and severe allergic reactions in some people. If repair experts improve drainage, direct water away from the house, and improve air circulation, crawl space mold can be avoided.

 Signs of a Mold and Mildew Infestation

Because you don’t really spend time in your crawl space, crawlspace mold can grow undetected unless you pay close attention. Getting down there once a year with a flashlight allows you to look for visible signs of growth. You should also pay attention to whether your home has a musty smell to it, which is a common side effect of mold. You may also see condensation around your windows and pipes, indicating there’s enough moisture for mold to grow below.


How to Handle Mold and Mildew Growth

Is there anything you can do if a crawl space is unfortunately infested with mold? Mold remediation professionals can help. An expert should always be contacted when there is a large mold or mildew infestation in the crawl space. As the work progresses, you may have to evacuate the home (or at least make sure certain areas are clear) depending on the extent of the problem. Typically, if the mold is in a crawl space, it can be remedied without evacuating. 


Crawl Space Mold Prevention

Keeping the area dry is key to preventing black mold in your crawl space since mold grows when it is moist. Adding insulation under the floors of your home will help you keep your crawl space cool. It is possible for moisture to get into your crawl space through certain conditions, causing mildew in crawl space areas,  so if you are concerned, have an inspection done. The barrier might be damaged if you have leaking pipes or an air conditioner or if you had a pest infestation recently and the barrier was damaged.