Crawl Space and Mold -Why is moisture accumulation so common in crawl spaces? Consider the location of the crawl space: it sits underneath your home right on top of the earth as your home’s foundation. Soil and dirt from the earth contain moisture. And moisture is one of two requirements for mold growth (the other being a food source such as the wood found in crawl space sub flooring). And since moisture forms so easily in confined areas, dirt crawl spaces are regular mold breeding grounds.
Moisture from dirt normally will evaporate into the atmosphere but can get trapped in a closed area like a crawl space. When moisture is not vented to the outside, it can start to condense on foundation walls or subflooring, which can be especially a problem if the sub flooring is wood (wood is a food source for mold).
Two other points to keep in mind about crawl spaces:
- Air travels from bottom to top. Thus, any moisture formed in crawl spaces will be carried by the moist air upwards to your living spaces naturally (or mechanically through the HVAC system), which can lead to mold growth beyond just the crawl space.
- You do not need standing water in crawl spaces to trigger mold growth. High humidity levels (above 60%) are enough to cause crawl space mold growth; And high humidity levels are very common in crawl spaces even in the absence of flooding!
At Southern Pest Control we offer Crawl Space Care.
CrawlSpace Care is a system that was developed for closing and protecting your home’s crawl space. Using innovative technology, the CrawlSpace Care system reduces moisture underneath your home, which can lead to low energy bills and improved indoor air quality.
The CrawlSpace Care system protects your home from the bottom up and controls moisture with:
- High quality reinforced vapor liner to cover the ground and walls
- Taped seams
- Sealed foundation vents
- Mechanical drying
With CrawlSpace Care, you’re protected against:
- Condensational moisture
- High levels of humidity
- Ground moisture vapor
- Moisture intrusion from inside of the foundation walls
The air in the crawlspace will be cleaner, improving the air quality in your home. You can even monitor the conditions of your crawlspace right from the comfort of your home with the thermo-hygrometer.
Call us at Southern Pest Control at 800 527-9832 to set up a free estimate to learn more about treating molds issue in your crawl space area and learn more about CrawlSpace Care. Also visit our website www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and review all our services.