mold in crawl space

What To Do If There is Mold in My Crawlspace

Most people do not often check their crawlspaces. It might go unchecked for months or years. This can be a major issue if there is mold growth. Your crawlspace and your basement are the two most common places to find mold. Mold can spread and cause significant damage. Here are a few ways to help you if you find mold in your crawlspace in New Jersey. 

Causes of Mold in Your Crawlspace

Most mold issues in your crawlspace are caused by high moisture and humidity. Some crawlspaces have a plastic vapor barrier, but many do not. The barrier acts to prevent soil, dirt, and moisture from entering the area. Moisture is one of the two requirements for mold growth in your home. The wood acts as the second requirement and helps to feed the mold growth. Crawlspaces are the perfect breeding ground for mold. 

Mold Remediation for Your Crawlspace

If you find yourself needing to eliminate mold in your crawlspace in New Jersey, you will find it can be a painstaking experience. It is best to call a professional at HS Restoration to help you with this process. Once you have found the mold, it could be a problem too big for you to handle on your own. If you attempt to work on this DIY style, make sure you have the proper clothing like a mask, gloves, and protective clothing. 

A crawlspace with mold requires detailed HEPA vacuuming, spraying, and scrubbing the wood in a very tight/confined space. Call a professional to help you with this process. 

Preventing Mold in Your Crawlspace in New Jersey

In order to avoid the painstaking process of dealing with mold in your home, it is best to understand how you can prevent the mold from growing in the first place. You can start by checking the foundation walls and make sure there are no cracks. This is where the water may enter. The next step is to make sure gutters and downspouts are channeled away from your home at least 6 feet away. During the rainy season, this is especially important. Otherwise, water accumulation will find its way into the houses. Next, check for adequate ventilation in your home. There should be at least 1 square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of crawlspace. A well-ventilated crawlspace will be the key to preventing mold growth. 

DIY Is Not Always the Safest 

The tips listed above can help prevent mold in your crawlspace in New Jersey. However, if you find yourself with a mold problem, especially in your crawlspace, it’s a good idea to call a professional at HS Restoration. We have years of experience and know-how – and, most importantly, the right equipment to eliminate the mold and help you prevent further growth. Dealing with mold without the proper equipment can lead to hazards to your health. HS Restoration is available for homeowners in the New Jersey area. Give us a call today.