How to Deal with Mold in Your Crawl Space

Can you remember when you last inspected your crawl space?

It’s not easy. Especially if you’re afraid of spiders, darkness, bugs or confined areas.

But your crawl space could need professional attention if your property has been affected by a flood, sewage backup, leak or any other water-related problem recently. And fast.

Why?

Mold.

Let’s explore how mold affects your crawl space, how to deal with it, repairing the damage and more.

How Does Mold Damage Your Crawl Space and Home?

Mold thrives in dank, moist spaces.

And that makes your crawl space an ideal breeding ground for fresh growths.

Mold spreads by releasing airborne spores that settle in suitable new spots. Over time, your crawl space may become home to a severe mold infestation — and that means your health could be at risk.

How? Mold spores can penetrate your house and circulate in the air your family breathes every day. Inhaling spores can cause skin irritation, exacerbate asthma, trigger wheezing and more. It’s also dangerous for anyone with a weakened immune system and children (whose own systems are still developing).

The moisture that helps mold grow and thrive can damage wood in your crawl space too. Especially if it’s left for a number of days or longer following a flood or leak. Rotting wood may compromise the integrity of your property’s structure and create a safety hazard.

Dealing with Mold in Your Crawl Space

Think your crawl space is ridden with mold?

You could be tempted to grab your cleaning equipment and get down there yourself. But it’s best to avoid trying to do this yourself.

Why?

Your health and safety may be at risk — especially if your crawl space is home to black mold. This hazardous fungus is known to pose such risks as:

  • chronic fatigue
  • headaches
  • weakened immune system
  • neurological issues (mood swings, for example)
  • breathing difficulties
  • rashes
  • eye irritation

Potential structural weakness is another danger of trying to remove mold from your crawl space alone. Ongoing exposure to water or moisture build-up could make wood rot and metal rust, reducing your property’s stability.

You may worsen the damage if you’re not careful, and increase the amount of work required to get your crawl space as good as new.

Make it easier and safer for yourself. Just leave it to the professionals instead.

An experienced team specializing in mold removal and crawl space remediation is your best option. They know how to inspect and identify mold growths within your crawl space, using the proper equipment and safety gear.

This reduces the risk of exacerbating existing damage and ensures all mold is removed for good. Experts will take out rotting wood, fungus and undertake repairs to fix problems. You can enjoy total peace of mind knowing your home and loved ones are safe.

Want to learn more about SOS Restoration’s mold removal and crawl space remediation