Prevent Mold By Drying Out Your Crawl Space

8 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

You want the air quality in your house to be as pure as possible. One of the biggest threats to that air quality is mold. Mold grows by releasing spores into the air. Those tiny spores can get a foothold in your house and start growing. Those spores can cause breathing problems in people who have things like asthma or COPD.

Mold grows best in places that are damp, dark, and warm. It can grow in your crawl space or inside your walls without you even knowing about it. One way to make sure that you don't have mold in your crawl space releasing mold spores in your house is to make sure that your crawl space is staying dry. 

Wet Crawl Spaces

Wet crawl spaces can be caused by a lot of things. One of them is problems with your foundation. If your foundation starts cracking, it can let water into that area. The more water that gets into your crawl space, the more damage it can cause to your foundation. Another problem is that the moisture barrier may have been improperly installed. That barrier keeps water from getting into places it shouldn't. 

Drying A Wet Crawl Space

If your crawl space has gotten wet, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that you dry it out. You can't do any repairs while it's wet. The repairs won't work as well as they should. Plus, any moisture that stays in the crawl space can continue to contribute to things like mold and mildew. 

The first thing you need to do is pinpoint the problem. Look for things like leaky windows or foundation cracks. You need to make sure that no more water is going to get into your crawl space while you are trying to repair it. That defeats the whole process. Once you have that problem repaired, it's time to start the drying out process. 

You'll need to remove everything that is wet. It doesn't matter if it's just a little damp, it needs to come out. That includes any insulation that you have in your crawl space. You can replace that insulation later, but leaving wet insulation in your crawl space just gives mold a nice place to grow. 

If there is any standing water in your crawl space, you will need to get a pump so that you can get that water out. Another thing you are going to need is a dehumidifier. That will suck out any residual moisture. Be very careful when you are using anything that requires electricity. Electricity and water don't play well together. You need to make sure extension cords and machinery aren't in the water.

Drying out your crawl space before any repairs are made is important. That way the repairs will work as well as possible. It also is the best way to guarantee that no mold will grow and endanger the air quality in your home. Contact a professional water-proofing company, like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc., for more advice.