How To Prevent Mold Growth in Crawl Space

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Molds in your crawl space can threaten your family’s health and your property’s structural integrity. Such fungi feed on and break down organic matter in the underside of your home, such as cardboard, fabrics, and wood.

Molds can also cause problems like burning eyes, stuffy nose, recurring sinusitis, coughing or wheezing, skin rash, chronic fatigue, cognitive issues, and sore throat. To avoid these, you should prevent such fungi from infesting the underside of your home. One way to do so is to insulate your crawl space. But aside from crawl space insulation, here are other methods you can consider.

Encapsulate Your Crawl Space

Encapsulation involves lining the underside of your home with heavy-duty polyethylene barriers that seal or cover your walls, floors, and sometimes, even your ceiling. By encapsulating your crawl space, you can manage the area’s humidity levels, increase your property’s energy efficiency, and prevent mold and insect infestation.

Install a Crawl Space Dehumidifier

If the underside of your home is already encapsulated, experts typically recommend installing a dehumidifier to ensure your crawl space stays dry. Remember that molds thrive in damp environments. So, there’s a low chance of them infesting your dried-out crawl space.

Utilize Vapor Barriers

A vapor barrier is a thick plastic liner or sheet installed on your crawl space’s floors and walls. Like encapsulation, it can prevent mold growth in the area by eliminating moisture. It also offers many benefits, like improving your home’s energy efficiency and keeping indoor air humidity at normal levels.

Contact Dry-Tek Environmental Today for Assistance!

If you want to prevent mold from infesting the underside of your home, seeking the help of our experts at Dry-Tek Environmental would be wise. We offer services such as crawl space insulation, encapsulation, and waterproofing. Our team can also help you with a dehumidifier or vapor barrier installation.

For questions, clarifications, or more information about our services, please call us at (410) 543-4848 or (302) 468-1811. You may also visit our office at 400 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD. Our friendly staff will gladly help you in any way we can. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.