New Jersey crawl spaces are one of the many hotspots for major mold development. Often times, crawl spaces suffer from dampness that can easily go unnoticed for extended periods of time. In the presence of water, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold spores to germinate and spread to be a major contamination. That is why it is important for NJ homeowners to take the time to learn the signs of potential mold growth and how to implement preventative measures to avoid mold development all together. Taking the time to routinely check your crawl space and implement a few moisture control methods can go a long way to ensure crawl space mold prevention and avoid serious repairs later down the line.
Crawl space mold development can lead to serious health problems and serious structural damage to your NJ home or business. Certain species of mold have the potential to produce mycotoxins that are dangerous to humans. Exposure to mold can result in symptoms ranging from mild allergies to serious upper respiratory problems. Reactions to mold exposure will vary per individual. Some may be more sensitive than others due to various factors: the individual themselves, the length of time of exposure, the species of mold and several other factors.
The purpose of mold in the natural, outdoor environment is to breakdown dead organic matter to be recycled back into the ecosystem. Now, imagine mold doing that to the building materials of your home. Mold and the underlying water problem will eat away at the structure of your home and do some serious damage to your property.
New Jersey crawl spaces can be the ideal breeding ground for mold if a homeowner is not careful. If all that porous, cellulose-based building materials are exposed to moisture buildup, you will run the risk of mold development. When it comes to mold, excess moisture is one of the main causes. Effective crawl space mold prevention requires a thorough understanding of what causes crawl space mold in the first place. Here are some of the more common crawl space moisture sources:
Constant moisture control and regular home maintenance are important parts of crawl space mold prevention.
Leaks– Regular leak checks will allow you to spot and address leaks early on to prevent major damage.
Foundation– Damage to your foundation or water buildup outside your foundation can leave your crawl space vulnerable to water intrusion.
Landscape– Your home’s surroundings are very important to keeping rising water out. You always want water to flow away from your home.
Gutters– Regular gutter checks and maintenance
Insulation– Crawl space insulation helps to prevent humidity and condensation by reducing heat loss and cool air loss.
Vapor Barrier– A crawl space vapor barrier is a layer of plastic installed over the dirt floor of a crawl space to control moisture emitted through the dirt floor.
Ventilation– Properly installed and sufficiently sized crawl space vents can help air flow to aid moisture control.
Dehumidifier– Crawl Space dehumidifiers can help to keep your NJ crawl space dry. If you crawl space is especially damp or humid, a dehumidifier can help.
If you suspect you may have developed a mold problem in the crawl space of your New Jersey home or business, contact a professional mold company to have your crawl space inspected. A Mastertech crawl space mold inspection in NJ will determine if you have mold, how bad it is, what caused it, and how to safely and effectively remove it.
The NJ crawl space mold removal professionals at Mastertech Environmental will specifically develop the most efficient and safe NJ crawl space mold remediation scope of work to ensure the most thorough and successful cleanup of your property. Each Mastertech mold removal is backed by a 5-year, mold-free warranty. It is our promise that the mold has been safely and properly removed, and it will not return.