Moldy Crawl Space
Crawl spaces are very handy for homeowners as they provide easy access to pipes or other utility components, or they can be used for storage. On the downside, if your crawl space isn’t properly ventilated, it will usually tend to attract moisture which opens up a whole other, more serious problem. Different factors can produce the moisture necessary for mold to thrive – outdoor air conditions, soil conditions (such as high clay content), and plumbing leaks. Over a period of time, this can create the perfect environment for toxic mold to settle in and flourish.
Why Mold is a Problem
Crawl space mold can become a critical and hazardous problem for a homeowner and their family because many types of mold, especially the more toxic black mold can create an unhealthful condition by contaminating the indoor air of the home with toxins. Once a mold colony forms, it can spread rapidly. The more it spreads the more damage it can do to your home’s structure, your flooring, and other organic components in the vicinity.
If you suspect that you have mold growing in your crawlspace, call in the professionals to remediate it. You should be aware that crawl space mold will eventually spread into other areas of the home. Studies have indicated that almost half of the air you breathe in your residence comes from the space beneath. So, if mold is living in your crawlspace you and any other occupants of your home are breathing in its toxins.
Black mold is greenish black to gray and has a smell that may resemble mildew which permeates the air of the affected area. Mold is a type of fungal micro-organism. To survive, it needs an organic surface to feed on, oxygen, and a pervading moisture in a place where air currents are infrequent so the moisture is not dried.
When a person is exposed to black mold toxins for a period of time, they may show signs of confusion and headaches. Other symptoms include, but are not limited to skin irritation, dizziness, confusion, shortness of breath, and damage to vision. The symptoms are treatable if the person is cut off from exposure. Though few fatalities have been reported as a result of prolonged exposure, when the toxins are inhaled the victim can become very ill.
Detection and Remediation
A test conducted by an Industrial Hygienist (IH) can verify the type and level of mold toxins inside your residence and is usually conducted before cleanup procedures begin and after they are completed. Some remediation companies will perform their own test; however, a homeowner might consider hiring a third-party. If the test indicates a level of toxins greater than what is found outside the home, then remediation should begin. After the cleanup is completed, the levels should read approximately equal to the outside air.
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