Crawlspaces are dark, damp, and notoriously difficult to work in which means mold growth can become a serious problem very quickly.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) December 04, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of mold remediation services in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to address mold problems in crawlspaces. Crawlspaces are dark, damp, and notoriously difficult to work in which means mold growth can become a serious problem very quickly.
Crawlspaces are empty spaces between a home and the ground, acting as a permanent foundation for the structure, usually taking the place of a traditional basement. Key prevention steps are recommended to keep a home’s crawlspace mold free.
The area should be kept as dry as possible, since water provides nutrition for mold to grow. Dehumidifiers can be used to keep levels within acceptable limits. The area should be regularly inspected for signs of leakage from pipes. Water standing for longer than 24 hours runs the risk of developing mold.
It is also recommended to remove the mold’s food source, since mold feeds on any porous, organic, material such as wood, paper, fabric, rust, and other sources of food. This allows the infestation to spread. Don’t use the crawlspace for storage since it opens up a number of nutritional sources for mold to grow.
If mold is found, it should be removed immediately, since the problem will not improve on its own. Mold will continue to be a growing and developing problem until it is properly addressed and the area made inhospitable to future occurrences of mold spores. It is important to remember that mold can have a serious effect on those with compromised immune systems, such as the very young or the very old.
Mold removal should be handled by licensed, certified mold remediation professionals, who have the equipment and techniques available to remove the mold without spreading it to other areas of the home.
Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services in the US, with providers in 30 states, 24/7 availability, and same day emergency service. They are certified by the Clean Trust (IICRC) and Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.