Most mold issues in crawl spaces are caused by high moisture and humidity. Consider the location of the crawlspace or basement water damage it sits underneath your home right on top of the earth. Many crawl spaces have a plastic vapor barrier, but many don’t. Soil and dirt from the earth contain moisture. And moisture is one of two requirements for mold growth (the other being a food source such as the wood that acts as the ceiling of the crawlspace). And since moisture forms so easily in confined areas, dirt crawl spaces are fertile breeding grounds for mold for this you should call for Crawl Space Cleaning Saratoga.
**IMPORTANT: If your sump pump fails and you’ve got a flooded basement, you MUST contact a professional water damage and dry-out company within 24 hours so they can bring in their equipment to rapidly dry the basement. In other words, eliminate the mold before it has a chance to grow
What Should You Look For?
You may be able to easily check for signs that your crawl space needs cleaning just by opening it up and looking in with a flashlight. If you notice mold, animal droppings, or water discoloration, all of these indicate that it’s time for a cleaning. Smell may also let you know that it’s needed, as foul odors emanate from both animal waste as well as mold.
The disease, mold, allergens, and generally “rancid air” that can fester in a dingy old crawlspace can seep up into the air in your living spaces. If your ducts run through the crawlspace, then it’s even more likely bad crawlspace air will pollute your good “upper level” air.
A much as 40% of the air circulating in and out of a home passes through the crawlspace, and breathing contaminated air can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, or worse.
Plus, diseases can spread from rodents (alive or dead), insects, and germ-infested water and dampness.
A total crawlspace makeover can save you as high as 30% on your monthly energy bill. How? By eliminating the conditions that attract insulation-destroying rodents and sealing holes to keep them out. By replacing damaged insulation if necessary, by air sealing, and by upgrading your ducts if they’re inadequate.
By preventing air coming in/out through the crawlspace cleaning from diluting your conditioned indoor air, you won’t have to spend as much to heat/cool your home.
Air ducts get damaged from a number of factors such as age, poor design, and rodent damage.
Damaged duct work or air duct leaks affect the indoor environment in two main ways:
Cold air is lost before it effectively cools the indoor space. This makes your HVAC system work harder, using more energy and driving your utility bills up.