Moisture and trapped water pockets can become a problem within home and business
crawlspaces. In some situations, given the right conditions and environment, crawlspaces
become mold reservoirs, leading to mold exposure throughout the home or business. To best
address water and crawl space mold damage situations in your home or business, contact the nearest
Rainbow International® location.
A few tell-tale signs can tell you if the crawl spaces in your home or business may be in need of
water and damage restoration and cleanup:
- Poor air quality is a problem within the living and working spaces of the structure
- A musty odor permeates throughout the structure
- Family members or employees suffer from increased allergies and/or asthma
- Family members or employees suffer from chronic headaches
- Multiple and/or recurring pipe breaks
- Cable or wiring issues
- Warped or buckling floors
- A certified home inspector mentions crawl space mold and moisture growth
Many crawlspaces are built with foundation vents which are designed to help keep moisture
problems in check. However, research indicates such vents may actually allow in more moisture
than they block. Traditional vented crawlspaces have one vent for every 150 square feet and
one vent from each corner of the crawlspace. Some also feature fan systems to draw additional
moist air into the crawlspace.
Recent years have seen a rise in closed crawlspace systems to help control moisture and mold.
Such a system works by enclosing the crawlspace with a moisture barrier and installing liners
up piers and walls, thus sealing vents from the outside air.
In addition to blocking moisture, closed crawlspaces can help the environment by reducing
heating and cooling bills for home and business owners.
Mold requires moisture to grow. Vented crawlspaces can serve as a hospitable environment for
mold to grow. During humid or rainy weather months, a vented crawlspace can become damp
with moisture. This warm moisture encourages mold growth on wood, HVAC ducts and other
organic material in the crawlspace.
Mold growth is sometimes visible on wood beams and joists. Mold can grow, however, on most
organic host surfaces. Condensation can form on HVAC duct lines when homes and businesses
use air conditioning systems. Cool flooring and air ducts offer an environment for mold growth.
Regular inspections, moisture control within crawlspaces and a sealed crawlspace system can
offer protection from this crawl space mold growth.
If you suspect your home or business might suffer from excess moisture and crawl space mold growth in
its crawlspace system, contacting a qualified and skilled restoration specialist like Rainbow
International is critical. This type of specialized work requires the right technology and
equipment, established processes and trained service professionals to properly complete. Call
your local Rainbow International location today for more information.