Mold in the crawl space isn’t unusual. In fact, any crawl space with moisture issues is going to develop mold at some point. But the kind of mold that develops isn’t exactly like the one that emerges on stale food. It’s much worse because it releases mold spores to the air. Some of it may get into the living space above and cause health problems.
If you suspect that black mold has infested your crawl space, you need to act quickly. Contact your local basement and crawl space repair service and ask them to carry out an inspection. That’s the only way you’ll be able to determine the level of infestation.
Should You Worry About Crawl Space Mold?
What’s out of sight is out of mind seems to be a mantra among many homeowners with crawl spaces in Denver, CO. Don’t follow suit. Mold isn’t something you should ignore or take likely more so if you have moisture problems. Why? The infestation will get worse and in no time, you’ll start noticing its effects.
Black mold isn’t the only issue that could arise. Other non-toxic types such as white mold, which manifests as fungal growth and mushrooms should also worry you. Benign as they sound, they can still impact your health negatively.
But it’s not health that will take a hit. Your home will become less hospitable as mold spores rise and float in the indoor air. Mold may also attract pests and rodents to your crawl space as it’s a great delicacy for critters. When pests come, they will bring mites and fleas. You don’t need to guess what both can do to your home.
What Health Problems Can Mold Cause?
As you are reading this, you’re probably wondering what kind of health problems might arise because of the mold infestation in your crawl space. It’s good to know what risks you’re facing especially if you’re not planning to enter or inspect the crawl space yourself.
The truth is mold can impact your home in various ways.
- Worsening Allergies/Asthma: Exposure to mold spores can trigger new allergies or exacerbate existing allergies and asthma. You will find your body reacting more to these foreign particles. As a result, you will find breathing becomes strenuous or painful. So it’s important that you deal with black mold the moment you discover it.
- Respiratory problems: Your lungs are only meant to take in oxygen. Any foreign particle in the indoor will likely cause breathing issues such as wheezing and sneezing. Where there’s serious mold infestation, you may experience breathing difficulties and sinus congestion. Your body will spend more energy dealing with these particles leaving you tired or lethargic. Even if the problem isn’t serious, the level of discomfort can make indoor living unbearable.
- Toxins: Mold itself is a toxic substance but it also excretes mycotoxins, which are dangerous and deadly. Even small amounts of this excretion can become toxic if they grow too much.
Worried that your crawl space has black mold and dangerous mold secretions? Get in touch with crawl space experts at Complete Basement Systems for assistance.
How to Deal with Crawl Space Mold
Mold is a mortal enemy. You have to remove it from the crawl space as soon as possible. We wouldn’t advise you to attempt a DIY as you could expose yourself to spores and put your health on the line. Leave it to seasoned professionals who know how to fix the problem. Typical solutions include:
1) Removing stagnant water: Standing water has to go. Remove it and then find the source of the leaks and fix it. Otherwise, the problem will recur. Check and seal cracks and vents in the crawl space and fix leaking water pipes.
2) Installing a plastic vapor barrier: Plastic encapsulation is the other viable solution to moisture, which triggers mold growth. During encapsulation, crawl space experts seal up the walls and crawl space floor with a thick and durable polyethylene barrier. It will go around obstacles such as wooden joists or beams. In most cases, a 20-mil plastic is your best bet, and the only one Complete Basement Systems recommends.
3) Dehumidification: Sealing the crawl space doesn’t mean moisture issues will disappear. Internal moisture may persist. And this can manifest as condensation. To deal with internal moisture, it’s advisable that you install an energy-efficient dehumidifier with an air filter. It will help you control moisture levels.
Not sure what solution suits your crawl space? Talk to the experts at Complete Basement Systems and explore your options. Our professionals will be happy to inspect your crawl space and recommend the best fixes to moisture and accompanying mold.
What Triggers Crawl Space Mold?
A couple of factors could make your crawl space attractive to mold and fungi. Some of the common causes include open crawl space vents, plumbing leaks, wet soil, and flooding. Initially, people thought venting the crawl space would improve the quality of indoor air but studies show venting is harmful as it raises humidity levels. Leaking pipes can introduce water to the crawl space and so do floods and wet soil. Mold grows in humid and dark conditions. If you don’t fix any of these, you’re openly inviting mold to take over the crawl space.
Struggling with Mold in the Crawl Space?
Complete Basement Systems can help you resolve your crawl space issues effectively. Schedule a free crawl space inspection and discover what the root cause is and how best to fix it.