Crawl Space Mold Remediation and Removal

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Crawl spaces are especially susceptible to mold development. All that porous building material and a potentially poor building envelope design can greatly contribute to crawl space mold development. All too frequently, crawl spaces are built with undersized wall vents that cannot provide sufficient ventilation for moisture control.

Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair’s mold removal professionals can provide mold testing and inspection to identify if your crawl space has a mold problem and help us determine the best course of action to implement a remediation plan. Once your crawl space is clean and safe, we will make recommendations for preventing mold from returning.

The longer you wait, the worse it gets, and the more time spent waiting, serious problems like mold have time to develop. We have worked on many types of jobs, including those with hardwood flooring, and take pride in utilizing industry standards for water loss removal. Below are a few simple steps to take in every situation.

What Causes Crawl Space Mold?

Crawl spaces can be the ideal environment for mold development because crawl spaces tend to experience quite a bit of moisture buildup. Unfortunately, crawl spaces are not always easily accessible for homeowners to conduct routine maintenance checks. Often times, homeowners are not even aware of mold development until the odors have permeated through to the main living space.

Here are some common problems that can leave your crawl space vulnerable to a mold contamination:

  • Elevated relative humidity – 55% or higher
  • Undersized wall vents
  • Insufficient air circulation
  • Flooding
  • Seepage
  • Leaks/backups
  • Dirt or sand floors- emit moisture/water vapors

Signs of Crawl Space Mold

If you notice a musty odor or visible mold growth in your home, you may have a crawl space mold problem. Other signs of crawl space mold include:

1. Musty Odors:

If you notice a musty or moldy odor coming from your home, mold is likely growing somewhere in your crawl space. Mold can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have a strong, pungent odor.

2. Water Damage:

If there has been water damage in your crawl space, such as from a leaky pipe or flooding, this can create the ideal conditions for mold growth. Mold thrives in damp environments, so any moisture issues in your crawl space should be addressed promptly.

3. Discolored or Stained Insulation:

If your crawl space is insulated, check for any signs of discoloration or staining on the insulation. Mold can grow on and inside insulation and can cause the insulation to become discolored or stained.

4. Wood Rot or Decay:

If the wooden beams or joists in your crawl space appear to be rotting or decaying, this may be a sign of mold growth. Mold can feed on the organic material in wood, causing it to break down and weaken over time.

5. Increased Allergy Symptoms or Respiratory Issues:

If you or anyone in your household has been experiencing allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, or itchy eyes, or respiratory issues, such as asthma, this may be a sign of mold exposure. Mold spores can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory problems, especially in people with pre-existing conditions. 

How to Remediate Mold in Crawl Space

The mold remediation process for a crawl space includes the following:

1. Isolation: We will seal off the crawl space from the rest of the home to prevent the spread of mold spores.

2. Removal: Our team will remove all visible mold growth and contaminated materials, including insulation and wood.

3. Cleaning: We will clean all surfaces in the crawl space using specialized equipment and techniques to remove any remaining mold spores.

4. Drying: We will thoroughly dry the crawl space to prevent future mold growth.

5. Restoration: If necessary, we will restore any damaged areas of the crawl space, such as replacing insulation or repairing wood rot.

How to Treat Crawl Space Mold?

We recommend crawl space encapsulation to prevent mold growth in your crawl space. This process involves installing a vapor barrier and sealing off air leaks to prevent moisture from entering the crawl space. This helps improve indoor air quality, reduce energy costs, and prevent mold growth.

Choose Us For Crawl Space Mold Remediation

The professional crawl space mold removal technicians at Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair will develop the safest and most efficient crawl space mold removal solution that is tailor-made for your individual mold removal needs. Every Lamunyon crawl space mold removal is backed by a 5-year, mold-free warranty that promises that the mold has been successfully removed and will not return.

Call us today to learn more about mold removal services if you detect signs of potential mold development in your crawl space. A team member will be happy to answer all your questions and set you up with an appointment with a certified mold inspector.

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