How to Prevent Crawl Space Mold
Crawl spaces are prone to mold outbreak because of the significant levels of dampness in these dark, humid areas of the home. The most common reasons for dampness include water leaks, damaged walls and insufficient ventilation. To eradicate a mold infestation in a crawl space, you need to control the dampness and moistness levels. Here’s how to prevent crawl space mold:
Check for water leaks in the walls and roof of the crawl space — ensure there are no cracks that permit water to leak inside. While checking for cracks, make sure to also examine the HVAC pipes and plumbing parts for leaks.
Make sure that the gutters and downspouts on your roof direct water away from your home’s foundation. Water that streams toward your home could enter your crawl space and storm cellar.
Ensure your crawl space is appropriately ventilated — for each 150 square feet of crawl space area, there should be 1 square foot of ventilation. In any case, speak to an expert to decide whether you should keep the crawl space vents shut and, if you are dealing with excessive moisture, find different approaches to control the dampness in the crawl space.
Use a plastic tarp to protect/safeguard the crawl space floor and walls. Barriers like plastic sheeting keeps the dampness that is infiltrating from contaminating the area.
Once you have protected the crawl space with a tarp, make sure that you check the area at least once a year. Ensure that the sheet isn’t cracked or compromised in any way.
Make sure any dryer vents release air to the outside and not into the crawl space, storage room or other areas of the house. In the event that they don’t, the humid air can cause a significant amount of dampness.
Follow the above tips and the dampness in your crawl space should maintain a healthy humidity of 30 to 50 percent. Mold will definitely develop if the moisture is over 70 percent. Learn more tips to control the humidity in your home here. For mold removing services and water damage remediation, contact your RestoPros today.
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