Wondering how to spot mold growth in your crawl space? Here are some clear signs of mold growth in your crawl space!
A crawl space that is not properly ventilated acts as a breeding ground for bugs, decay, fungus, and mold. Mold growing anywhere in your home is a big problem. However, mold growing in your crawl space is particularly damaging to the structural integrity of your home. Mold thrives in moist and warm environments and a crawl space presents the ideal environment. The worst thing about mold growth is that once mold takes root, it is hard to get rid of it completely and it spreads quite rapidly throughout the house.
Furthermore, early visible signs of mold are often dismissed as being specks of dust and dirt. More often than not, homeowners realize that it is mold and not dust when the situation has gotten too far out of hand and mold has spread throughout the crawl space or more of the home.
Here are some signs that you have mold growing in your crawl space:
A Musty Smell
A musty smell coming from your crawl space and spreading throughout your home is a telltale sign of mold growth. If you have not properly insulated or ventilated your crawl space, it is easy for moisture to get in and get trapped. This will lead to a damp and musty smell which ultimately indicates mold growth.
Presence of Moisture
Condensation in the crawl space can quickly promote mold growth. Make sure to inspect your crawl space for the presence of moisture. You can prevent the growth of mold by improving the ventilation in your crawl space and by controlling the moisture levels. Install downspouts and seamless gutters on your home. Use a dehumidifier and install a draining system to tackle the moisture in your crawl space. Prevent air leaks in your crawl space by sealing and encapsulating it and restricting the flow of air in it.
Higher Utility Bills
If your utility bills have spiked and are inexplicably higher than usual, there could be mold growing in the crawl space of your home. Pay special attention to any water leaks from home appliances, such as your dishwasher and AC, and have them fixed right away to prevent further mold growth.
If pests have entered your crawl space, then so can water and moisture. If the pests gained entry into your home by damaging it somehow, then moisture can easily enter your home and crawl space the same way which can lead to mold. Inspect your home for any such signs of forced entry and fix the problem.
Your body has a way of telling you when something is awry with the environment in your home. This is exactly what happens when mold takes root in your crawl space. You breathe the same air that comes through your crawl space. The presence of mold spores in the air and continued exposure to them can lead to an allergic reaction. Listen to your body. Inspect your crawl space, and see if there is mold growth. If there is, call a mold clean up service right away.
Make sure to routinely inspect your crawl space for signs of mold growth. If you do spot mold growing somewhere in your crawl space, contact a mold remediation service to remove it when it is in the early stages. Make sure the mold clean up service encapsulates your crawl space to prevent it from further damage.