Crawl Space Mold Remediation & RemovalDon't allow your health to be compromised by mold in your crawl space.
Don’t jeopardize your health with mold in your home.
Mold spores are present almost everywhere, but when mold colonizes in your home’s crawl space it’s time to consider mold remediation with Crawl Pros.
There are several reasons why mold can be become an issue in your home:
- Improper ventilation
- Blocked bathroom vents
- Crawl space flooding
- Natural moisture generated in all homes
All of these can be culprits of mold build up in your crawl space allowing moisture generated in the home to become trapped and not escape the closed environment.
Mold build up in your home can lead to several health risks.
Your health is the primary consideration when faced with mold issues because mold can cause serious respiratory system health issues. Symptoms may include:
- Itchy eyes
- Scratchy throats
- Difficulty breathing issues
These issues may not be related to allergies like you may think – they could be an extreme sensitivity to the presence of mold in your home.
Mold can also impact the resale value of your home.
Studies indicate an average property devaluation of 17 to 23 percent because of the presence of mold. Other issues such as the unavailability of insurance can make it difficult to sell any property that is infested with mold.
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Dangerous Types of Mold
Aspergillus, the mold (a type of fungus) that causes aspergillosis, is very common both indoors and outdoors, so most people breathe in fungal spores every day. It’s probably impossible to completely avoid breathing in some Aspergillus spores. For people with healthy immune systems, breathing in Aspergillus isn’t harmful. However, for people who have weakened immune systems, breathing in Aspergillus spores can cause an infection in the lungs or sinuses which can spread to other parts of the body.1
This type of mold can cause the ‘musty’ scent that is often found in household items that have a tendency to collect moisture.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/aspergillosis/causes.html
Penicillium, a genus of ascomycetous fungi, has a long history of interaction with mankind; sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful, the genus Penicillium contains over 300 species and remains poorly understood by the general public despite its widespread medical use. Penicillium is best-known as an agent of food spoilage; many species prefer to live on organic biodegradable substances and as such, they contribute heavily to the growth of visible mold on food products which are stored improperly.
Penicillium can, however, also be an airborne threat; many species have been found present in the air and dust of residences.2
2. IndoorDoctor: Media Blog, 5/7/16 https://www.indoordoctor.com/hidden-risks-complete-guide-penicillium-mold-indoor-environment/
Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold. It can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.3
If you think that this type of mold is present, it’s dangerous to your health and steps should be taken to safely remove it from your home.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm
Mold will never get better. It will only get worse.
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