Do I Have Mold in the Crawl Space?

 Mold in the Crawl Space

A crawl space is a small area beneath some homes that is no more than 3 feet high--just enough for a person to crawl through, as the name suggests. It elevates your home off the ground, providing a pier-and-beam foundation, and is a convenient space to contain plumbing pipes, electrical, wires and HVAC components that you don’t want to be exposed to the elements.

Because of its location, it can be a prime place for mold to grow because damp, dark, wet conditions are prevalent. If you spot mold in your crawl space, the proven professionals from Ox Foundation Solutions can help you remediate the situations quickly and permanently.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that consists of small microorganisms that can be found practically anywhere – even in the air we breathe. While mold spores are usually harmless, they can grow rapidly when they’ve found a damp, humid environment. An overabundance of mold in the home, or the presence of toxic mold, can cause serious health risks for residents.

Some of the common types of mold that cause those problems include:

Alternaria is a common type of mold that can be found in house dust embedded in your carpeting or draperies, as well as showers and window frames. They can also be found in fruit. Alternaria exposure can cause symptoms that mimic the common cold, such as sneezing, a runny nose, and coughing.

Aspergillus is also a very common mold type that can be found in house dust. For healthy people, exposure to aspergillus poses no real threat, but if your immune system is weak or you are particularly sensitive to mold, you may have an allergic reaction or even develop a chronic infection.

Penicillium is the type of mold that is used to created penicillin – specifically the species Penicillium chrysogenum. There are more than 300 species of this mold, though, and not all of them are friendly. They are often found in homes that have been damaged by floodwater or a pipe leak. Penicillium also is found in spoiled fruit and decaying vegetation. In certain cases, it can grow in fiberglass insulation systems. Penicillium species that carry mycotoxins can cause asthma, nasal allergies, and other upper respiratory infections.

Cladosporium is a mold type that is not typically found indoors. It is mainly an outdoor fungus but can end up inside your home via the HVAC system or an open door or window. It will deposit itself on anything damp or humid such as wet wood or insulation materials found in the ductwork. Just like other mold types, Cladosporium can cause a variety of respiratory tract infections and discomfort.

Stachybotrys is by far the worst of these mold types. It is commonly known as black mold and, if spotted in your crawl space, you should never attempt to remedy it yourself. Black mold can cause hearing and memory loss, dizziness, difficulty breathing and even bleeding in the lungs. It is usually found on damp wood joists and support posts in the crawl space. If you find black mold, call a mold remediation expert immediately.

Don’t risk your family’s health by taking a gamble with mold growth. Get it fixed immediately and then prevent it from coming back by having your crawlspace dehumidified and drained of any water, then sealed from the outside elements.

Ox Foundations offers crawl space repair that can keep mold out of your home altogether, so get in touch with us now. You may call us at 205-303-3404 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. To help prevent molds, our company also offers basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and moisture control services.

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