Crawl spaces are notoriously difficult to keep clean and sanitized and are frequently the source of mold growth in your home. Crawl spaces develop mold quickly because of the high humidity and moisture levels that are often found there. Without proper protection, like vapor barriers, moisture can seep into your crawl space and provide the perfect environment for the growth of mold.
Since it’s also difficult to remove mold from crawl spaces, your best bet is to put in place protection that prevents it from growing in the first place. Crawl spaces are not places you often visit in your home – they are hidden away on purpose – so you may have a mold issue without even knowing it!
The good news is that you can do some very simple things to prevent a costly mold removal and mitigation problem by putting in place measures to create an environment in your crawl spaces that hinders the growth of mold.
What are some things I can do to prevent the growth of mold in my crawl spaces?
The first thing you’ll want to do to make sure your crawl spaces are protected is to inspect the foundation walls. Look for cracks or leaks in walls, as well as holes or cracks in the ceilings. Even the smallest gap can allow moisture to seep in. Also, check your gutters and downspouts to make sure that rainwater is channeled away from your house properly.
Ventilation is a crucial component in keeping the growth of mold at bay. If the crawl space is vented, you’ll want to tightly insulate against the subflooring. Another thing to check is the proper functioning of your HVAC system and ductwork. Make sure that they are sealed, and there are no leaks. Experts recommend that your dryer vent goes outside of the house, rather than into the crawl space.
Most importantly, check with a crawl space professional about whether or not a vapor barrier is a good idea. Vapor barriers are special materials that are used to keep moisture out of your crawl space. They are typically constructed of a plastic or foil sheet designed to resist the movement of water through the floor, ceiling, wall, or roof. They prevent both the invasion of moisture as well as the condensation on surfaces.
Once you have your vapor barrier in place, have a crawl space professional check to ensure everything is adequately ventilated. Good ventilation airs out your crawl space, and in conjunction with a vapor barrier, is very effective in keeping everything perfectly dry.
How do I get started making sure there is no mold in my crawl space?
That’s the easy part! Give us at Attic Projects a call. One of our crawl space professionals will come out, conduct an inspection, and let you know if there are any areas of concern. If there are, we’ll work with you to create a mitigation plan to solve the problem. With our help, you can safely ignore your crawl spaces, secure in knowing that professionals have taken care of any trouble you may have had!