The problem with mold is that it permeates your crawl space and affects the air quality of your home. The Environmental Protection Agency confirms that mold leads to allergy-like symptoms, and worse for those with medical conditions. Since much of the air in your home comes from your crawl space, it’s imperative that it remains dry and mold-free. From chemicals to encapsulation techniques, here are some crawl space mold removal tips and some of the ways professionals get rid of mold in the Carolinas.
Keeping Your Crawl space Dry
Mold thrives on water. Without moisture in your crawl space, you won’t have any mold problems. Therefore, it’s an absolute necessity to address any leaks, floods or other ways that water seeps into your crawl space as soon as possible. Even if you get rid of all visible mold in your crawl space, if there’s still water, you can expect it to return. For that reason, determining the source of your moisture and stopping it is the first crucial step toward a mold-free crawl space.
Chemicals That Kill Mold
There is a vast array of products on the market designed to kill various types of mold. It’s important to note that there are many, many strands of mold, and these products target specific strands in some cases. If you don’t know the type of mold you’re dealing with, then you may not know the best tool for eliminating it. If you’re comfortable entering your crawl space, then small amounts of mold may be eradicated with products like anti-microbial scrubs or popular consumer-grade sprays like Mold Control. However, it’s important to note that those will only handle small instances of mold in your crawl space. A professional can test the mold and determine the most effective solutions for your problem.
For More Severe Cases…
Professionals understand that the ideal chemical to use for killing mold depends on factors like mold-type and severity. The pros at PES Crawlspace only use ANABEC mold products. These highly potent cleaning and coating solutions include warranties of up to 50 years. Note that personal protective equipment is often required when using professional-grade chemicals in your crawl space.
Manually Removing the Mold From Your Crawl Space
Another core part of the mold removal process is physically removing the mold from the area. This will typically involve a combination of pressure blasting and scraping depending on the amount and location of the mold. If you intend to pressure blast mold in your crawl space, it’s likely to stir up particles you won’t want to breathe. It’s recommended to wear safety equipment such as a respirator and eye goggles when using a surface blaster or cleaning mold in your crawl space—or let an expert handle the dirty work for you, safely and efficiently.
Creating a Mold-Proof Crawl Space
Once you’ve sealed the source of moisture, applied the appropriate chemical and physically removed the mold, then it’s important to take action to prevent future mold problems. Preventing future mold outbreaks may include any of the following solutions:
- Installing dehumidifiers
- Strategically placing vapor barriers
- Sealing areas that are at risk for flooding or leaks
- Encapsulating your crawl space
Tired of Mold? Request a Quote From PES Crawl Space Today
Mold infestation is a situation that most people don’t want to deal with, especially when it’s taken over their crawl space. Entrust your mold problems to PES professionals who have years of experience fighting mold in North and South Carolina. The environment matters when getting rid of mold, and we know exactly what to look for in this sub-tropical climate. We only use the highest quality products and offer a wide range of options for solving your mold problem.
Contact PES Crawlspace for a free quote today!