Checking for Mold in Your Crawl Space on a Regular Basis is Important to Avoid Negative Health Effects
A raised house usually means crawl spaces, which are known for trapping moisture. When your home has crawl spaces, mold growth is a constant concern, especially in humid climates. While the mold may not be in the spaces where you live, it still affects your health and should be removed as soon as possible.
Why Mold Grows in Crawl Spaces
In the humid south, moisture is constantly present in the air. Combining moisture with a dark and undisturbed area will often lead to mold growth.
Crawl spaces are rarely bothered as they are usually small, dark, closed off, and house various bugs. When we avoid crawl spaces however, we prevent air circulation and sunlight in the area. The unbothered area is an ideal place for mold growth because moisture is not evaporated, and the temperature is kept relatively constant.
Mold thrives in areas that are moist and kept at a temperature ranging from 60 to 80 degrees. A crawl space ends up being an ideal place for mold growth due to its environmental conditions.
Why Having Mold in Your Crawl Spaces is Bad for You
Considering you don’t regularly go into your crawl space, and it isn’t open to the rest of your home, you may think a little mold is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, mold in these areas can still affect your and your family’s health.
Mold spores are tiny and easily released into the air. Spores can slip through cracks, be pulled in from air conditioning systems, or even float through open doors or windows. The mold spores can cause negative health effects ranging from allergic reactions to infections when breathed in on a regular basis.
How to Find and Get Rid of the Mold in Your Crawl Space
The easiest way to find out whether or not you have mold in your crawl space is to simply look and see. If crawling into a dark and wet area is not for you, you can call a mold remediation company instead. Mold remediation companies have sensitive moisture detecting meters that will indicate whether crawl spaces have enough moisture to promote mold growth. They will also inspect your crawl spaces for visible signs of mold.
After your mold remediation company inspects the area, they will begin to contain and remediate any mold. Once the harmful mold has been removed, it will be important to prevent new mold from growing. Your remediation company will provide you with tips on how to prevent mold from growing in your crawl space again.
Crawl spaces are not appealing places to us, but they are the perfect environment for mold. Checking your crawl spaces for mold on a regular basis will help you avoid the negative health effects mold can cause when breathed in. Be sure to check your crawl space frequently or call CLEAR Restoration and keep your home safe.