Deep within your home’s crawl spaces is something that can make you and your family ill: mold. Mold leads to upper respiratory infections and may worsen asthma and allergies. The dark and damp environment inside your crawl space is the ideal breeding ground for mold, but you can help prevent it.
How Can You Avoid Mold in Your Crawl Spaces?
Humidity is a major cause of mold growth. These four tips can help you to reduce the chance of mold thriving in your crawl space by the air below the 70% humidity danger zone for mold:
- Check your crawl spaces for leaks. Inspect the walls and the joints of all of your vents for holes or cracks. The best time to inspect your crawl space is right after a strong rain to get the best idea about any possible leaks.
- Ensure that your crawl space is correctly vented. Professionals suggest for every 150 square feet of crawl space, you should have one square foot of ventilation. Adequate ventilation helps to increase the flow of fresh air into the space to cut down on mold growth.
- Attach waterproof sheeting to the walls of your crawl space to help control condensation. If your crawl space is already insulated, check it at least twice a year for missing, sagging or damp insulation. Replace problem insulation immediately.
- Properly vent your HVAC and washer/dryer to avoid the systems’ exhaust from emptying directly into a crawl space. This warm, moist air can encourage mold to form.
Don’t Be Worried, Take Precautions
Are you still worried about mold in your home’s crawl spaces? Don’t worry, call the professionals. Parker Young Construction has been handling disaster repair services in Atlanta, Georgia for over 25 years. Whether you need help with fire, flood or mold restoration, Parker Young can help. Call toll-free at 1 (888) 303-9288 to speak with a specialist who can help you schedule an appointment.