Crawlspace Mold Treatment
Why Mold Occurs within the Crawlspace
Mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds can grow on wood, carpet, insulation, food and paper. Being that mold eats or digests what it is growing on, and in the case of a home it will cause structural damage if unaddressed.
To prevent damage to the home and building components, save money and avoid health problems by controlling the moisture within your crawlspace’s environment and eliminating any current mold growth.
There are two main factors when it comes to mold growth within the crawlspace, the common thread being moisture. Mold occurs when the Wood Moisture Content (the amount of water in the pores of the wood) exceeds 20%, and/or the Relative Humidity within the crawlspace exceeds 55% for a period of time.
Pipe leaks or prolonged exposure to standing water will accelerate mold growth and put your home at higher risk for repairs.
How to Inspect for Mold Growth, or conditions that lead to Mold
Mold growth most often occurs on the floor joists, girders and insulation within the crawlspace. During our Evaluations our technicians test the moisture within the wood structure, and test both the outdoor and indoor humidity. We use these readings, along with visual inspection of the crawlspace for evidence of moisture intrusion or other issues that can contribute to mold growth.
Mold Growth can often be visually apparent by means of discoloration, three-dimensional growth and other factors, though our technicians rely on moisture readings as this is the recommended approach outlined by the EPA.
Mold testing is an added expense and is often deemed excessive. Mold tests can range from $200-$600 and will result in the same recommendation, which is to treat any mold growth.
Is all Mold Bad?
Some mold strains pose significant health risks, but even those that do not, trigger a number of allergy and asthma related symptoms, in addition to attacking the integrity of the wood structure.
The symptoms of exposure to mold or air borne mold spores can be:
- Nasal & sinus congestion
- Itchy, red & watery eyes
- Respiratory problems, such as wheezing & difficulty breathing
- Throat irritation
Our Mold Treatment Method and Guarantee
If it comes time to have a mold treatment, have it done right the first time with Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancement. Our highly trained technicians perform a two step treatment to clean your wood and surfaces within the crawlspace, kill any mold, and inhibit any future growth.
We offer a 10 year Mold Treatment Warranty, completely transferrable in the event of selling your home.