Mold within your crawl space could end up being a costly and dangerous situation if not handled correctly with the proper equipment and care. Still, it is not something that should be done without professional help. Of course, finding the right team to do the job can be tricky. Let us examine some information to help you make a decision.
Why Does Mold Grow?
Mold spores are all around us. The problem comes when mold starts to visibly grow due to excess moisture in an area. This is why after a leak in your home, or a flood, mold growth becomes a real threat. Additionally, the materials a home is built with often provides a perfect home for mold. For example, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery all can support mold growth.
Mold Growth and Your Health
Did you know that it takes as little as 48 hours before mold and mildew starts to grow? We understand mold and respond quickly to any call. Further, mold can cause different types of health issues. Even still, some types of mold can become toxic. It will often lead to difficulty breathing, runny nose, itchy/watering eyes and sneezing. If you suspect mold growth in your home, don’t wait to call us. Our professionals will be happy to assist anyway we can.
Crawl Space Mold Removal Services in Troy
The mold removing process can be complicated. First, any water in the crawl space needs to be removed. Next, mold is killed and the area is sealed to prevent mold growth in the future. Finally, the crawl space is lined with a durable encapsulation liner. Of course, Complete Detail is licensed to perform these tasks, along with any other issues that may come up.
How to Prevent Mold Growth:
Crawl spaces are susceptible to mold growth because of the high levels of moisture and humidity. Therefore, here are some tips to prevent mold growth:
- Check Regularly for Leaks
- Make sure gutters and downspouts direct water away from foundation
- Check for proper crawl space ventilation
- Inspect insulation frequently
- Make sure dryer vents don’t discharge into crawl space
About Our Crawl Space Mold Removal Services
When you have a Mold or Mildew problem at your home or business it can be very discomforting! Once our Service Technicians arrive at your home we will ask you to express your concerns prior to our visual inspection. After that, we will inspect further, take moisture readings and be able to further diagnose your issue. Our team will come up the best plan of action for you! Read why so many of our customers are satisfied.
Does Insurance Cover Mold?
It is never a good idea to presume your homeowners insurance will pay to fix your mold problems. Insurance will usually only cover a mold problem if it results from an emergency covered on your policy. However, mold that resulted in lack of maintenance, persistent moisture, or from floodwaters (unless you have flood insurance). If you are concerned about your coverage, it’s a good idea to call your provider.
The Complete Detail Cleaning & Restoration Difference
- Free Mold Cleanup Estimates
- Licensed & Insured
- 24/7 Emergency Crawl Space Mold Cleanup Availability
- Family Owned & Operated
- IICRC Certified & Insured
- We Work with Insurance
- Initial Response Under 60 Minutes
- Commercial & Residential Crawl Space Mold Cleanup
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Benefits of Mold Removal
There are many benefits that come from removing mold from your property. First and foremost, you are benefiting yourself. How? Since mold can cause health issues, ridding your home of it will improve the health of all inside. Another benefit is your property value will increase. No one wants to live in a home full of mold. Therefore, call the professionals at Complete Detail.
How Much Does Crawl Space Mold Removal Cost?
Each situation is different and will be handled accordingly. However, before tackling a mold problem in your crawl space, you should be prepared to pay between $500 to $4,000. Again, this all depends on who you hire and the magnitude of the mold damage.
How To Prevent Crawl Space Moisture
First of all, a crawl space should never be wet. However, if you find yourself with a wet crawl space, what should you do? The best thing to do is call a professional. They will be able to determine which drainage system best suits your needs. The main drainage systems include: surface, subsurface, slope, downspout and gutter systems. Finding the right system will keep your crawl space free from moisture. Complete Detail has the professionals who can help you decide!
Benefits of Crawl Space Moisture Protection
- Reduces Humidity
- Helps eliminate mold growth
- Increases the value of your home
How to Tell When Humidity in a Crawl Space is at a Dangerous Level
So, we know all the bad that can come from having too high humidity levels in your crawl space. However, how can you tell if the levels are too high? There is a tool called the hygrometer (yes, it’s a real thing) that measures indoor humidity. This is a great way to monitor the amount of moisture present. When using this tool, a professional will look to see if the humidity level is below 70%. However, as soon as it approaches 70%, it’s time to break out the dehumidifier. Keep in mind that properly insulating your crawl space and installing vapor barriers will help regulate the temperature and keep moisture levels down, resulting in fewer fluctuations in the air’s relative humidity. This will prevent mold, mildew, and rot in both the short-term and in the long run.
What is Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation is a term used to describe a crawl space that is protected from moisture. This is done by using a vapor barrier on the floor and walls. In other words, encapsulation refers to sealing up your crawl space by keeping the moisture sealed outside. There are many benefits from encapsulating your crawl space. Let us discuss a few of them.
First, when a crawl space is vented, it has a negative impact on the quality of the indoor air. After encapsulation, air quality goes up and you can breathe easy. Moisture from a crawl space can lead to wood rot and causes hardwood floors to buckle. By getting a crawlspace encapsulated, you can save on costly floor repairs. Another added benefit is added comfort to your home. Floors won’t be freezing cold in winter and your home won’t be muggy in summer. This in turn, will also lead to lower energy bills. People who have encapsulated crawl spaces can reduce their energy bills up to 20%. Additionally, those with an air handler and ducts in a vented crawl space, heating and cooling equipment won’t last as long.
Did you know that those with an encapsulated crawl spaces can qualify for rebates and tax incentives? It’s true! Some state and local governments offer incentives as well. If you ever sell your home, an encapsulated crawlspace will be an attractive selling feature. Potential buyers will love this selling point! If you are considering encapsulation, why not call Complete Detail to get started? We can help you walk through the process and answer any questions you may have along the way.
How To Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Crawl Space:
- Check the foundation walls to ensure there are no cracks that water can enter through make sure there are no cracks where water can enter.
- Make sure gutters and downspouts channel at least 6 feet away from the house. This is especially important during the rainy seasons where you live. If ignored, this water will accumulate around your home and eventually find a way inside your crawl space.
- Look to see your crawl space has proper ventilation.
- Make sure insulation is not missing or sagging in any areas. If it is, the sagging could be due to a water problem
- Make a special effort to locate leaks around HVAC ducts and around any plumbing.
- It is important to make sure dryer vents have an exit OUTSIDE the home and not inside the crawl space, or attic.
How Does Mold Effect You?
Mold effects people in different ways. For example, those with asthma, or any other lung or respiratory issues are most at risk. However, mold can be toxic for anyone to breathe in. It will often lead to difficulty breathing, runny nose, itchy/watering eyes and sneezing. If you suspect mold growth in your home, don’t wait to call us. Our professionals will be happy to assist anyway we can.
If you suspect mold in your crawl space, don’t hesitate to call at (937) 507-2927 or visit our Contact Us web page.