PROBLEM SIGNS

MOLD IN THE CRAWL SPACE

Common Signs of Mold in the Crawl Space

Most people don’t spend time underneath their homes in the crawl space, making issues difficult to identify. However, there are many signs that mold may be present in the crawl space.

MUSTY ODORS: What we can’t see, we can often smell! Musty odors are active mold spores. This smell could be radiating from the crawl space into the home, or could be an indicator of high humidity and the presence of mold inside the home, or both.

CUPPING WOOD FLOORS: When wood floors have more moisture in the bottom side of the board than the top, they will cup – meaning they will raise on the ends of each board and dip on the center. The excess moisture in the floors is likely being wicked up from the crawl space when negative pressure is created via engaging the AC.

FALLING INSULATION IN CRAWL: Insulation will absorb moisture. This can cause it to tear and drop from the top of the crawl. The excess moisture will also cause the insulation to mold, causing more musty odors.

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PREVENTING MOLD IN THE CRAWL AND HOME

The most effective way to deal with mold is to prevent it. With encapsulation and dehumidification, a controlled environment is created where humidity can be maintained at safe levels below the mold growth threshold of 60% relative humidity.

Using this method in Pensacola, Destin or Mobile, AL home will protect your structure and create a healthy indoor environment where indoor relative humidity will be maintained at 40%-50%.

Our products are fully warrantied. Our commercial grade dehumidifiers come with a 6-year warranty and we offer a lifetime warranty on our vapor barriers.

After two decades of creating healthy homes, we have 100% satisfied customers, which is a testament to our superior knowledge regarding moisture control, efficient installations, fair pricing and outstanding results.

Take the step towards superior indoor air quality and lower energy costs by contacting us today for a free evaluation and estimate.

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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT CRAWL SPACE ISSUES

Can the mold in my crawl space get into my home?

Nearly 50% of the air we breathe inside our homes comes from the crawl space. When the AC is running, negative pressure is created inside the home, creating a wicking effect that pulls the unhealthy air from the crawl space into the home. This air is moist, and creates a potential mold hazard inside your home.

Will mold remediation take care of my mold issues?

While remediation is sometimes necessary, it is not preventing the mold from returning. The underlying cause of mold growth is moisture. To prevent mold, you must eliminate the excess moisture. Encapsulation and dehumidification is an effective, preventative solution. 

Will a ground barrier without dehumidification help?

Without dehumidification, encapsulation can make your moisture issues in the crawl space worse. The moisture in the crawl space remains trapped and contributes to wood rot and structural issues. 

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