If your crawl spaces have excessive moisture, you can be sure that mildew and mold will begin to grow and thrive there. These are living organisms that will grow on furniture, carpeting, walls and wherever else they are able to find a source of food. Mold can cause allergies and sickness in the occupants of the home where they grow. It is therefore important to ensure that crawl space mold is removed as soon as possible.
Before you can deal with mold decisively, you need to understand where they grow. Mold needs to have dark, cool and damp areas where they will find food to eat and grow. As such, crawl spaces form an ideal home for them provided there is moisture seeping into the space. Here the mold will form, proceed to grow and to cause you problems. They will easily eat through paper, wood, organic material and boxes.
You will need to have professionals come in and get rid of the mold for you. It is important to do so in order to protect your health and that of your family. Mold has been linked to nerve and respiratory complications. The remediation and removal of crawl space mold must be carried out prior to properly waterproofing the space.
Once you have removed the mold, it is critical that you waterproof the space. This will ensure that you do not have another mold and mildew problem by removing one of the main elements needed for mold to thrive – moisture. You will be happy to know that when your crawl spaces are dry, there will be less moisture problems and fewer bugs.
There are several advantages to be gained from having your crawl spaces sealed and made waterproof. They include the following: