The crawl space is probably a properties most ignored space, although owners would be wise to pay more attention. Why?
Over time, crawl spaces, especially in older buildings, attract and retain water and moisture. Excess moisture in a crawl space is not good. It leads to rotting wood, mold, and other issues that can cause structural damage and even allow small animals such as squirrels and rodents to set up residence. And once mold takes hold, its effects, combined with the mustiness of the air in the damp crawl space environment, can permeate and negatively affect the air quality inside your building. Poor indoor air quality is a concern, especially for occupants with allergies and asthma, as their symptoms can worsen in the presence of a mold infestation.
What Causes Mold in My Crawlspace?
For mold to take hold and grow, it needs only four ingredients: mold spores, which are already in the air; organic matter, such as wood or insulation; the right temperature; and moisture in the form of water, dampness or humidity.
Of those four ingredients, the one you have the most control over is moisture. Therefore, if you want to avoid an infestation from mold in your crawl space, you have to eliminate that.
Water and moisture get into crawl spaces from three main sources: 1) outside air that enters crawl space vents and increases the level of relative humidity in the crawl space, 2) lack of waterproofing or an improperly graded yard that allows water to enter and accumulate in the crawl space, or 3) moisture evaporating from the soil or foundation walls into the crawl space air. Eliminate the moisture and humidity, and you eliminate the chance of mold growing in your crawl space.
Why Certified Indoor Environmental?
- We offer personalized service and attention to detail that is needed to finish every job properly and completely.
- We can be on property to assess the situation usually within 24 hours or less.
- We inspect to visually identify mold and determine the cause of moisture or humidity that led to the contamination and provide a detailed report for fixing it.
- Our certified master technicians are IICRC-trained and certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification organization is the most widely accepted in the industry in terms of standards for the cleaning, inspection, and restoration.
- We have over 1,700 5-star Reviews
- We adhere to EPA – Environmental Protection Agency – standards for mold remediation.
- Our mold-removal process is safe and effective.
- As technology leaders, we use the latest processes and technology for eliminating mold, including identifying the source of water entry and providing recommended solutions for reducing moisture.
- Most mold remediation projects can be completed in one day and with minimal disruption to the occupants..
- We provide a mold report that contains photos of the area both before and after our work, the mold removal process steps we followed to clean and eliminate the mold, and our recommendations for preventing future infestations.
- We are licensed, bonded, and insured.