Moisture Control and Removal

Moisture Control and Removal

Basement & Crawl Space Moisture Control

Mold spores, the seeds of mold, are in the air everywhere. All they need to grow is organic material such as wood, the right temperature range, and moisture.

Of these, the only one that can be controlled is moisture. Dirt crawl spaces have high humidity levels necessary for mold growth. Humidity levels necessary for mold growth. Humidity levels from 50% to 90% are easily found in dirt crawl spaces that have never flooded.

Mold can grow on dirt, insulation, framing, and even under your carpet on the first floor. Mold destroys organic materials as it feeds on them. Mold reproduces by producing millions of floating airborne spores, which some people are very sensitive to. Spores can be dormant for many years, waiting for the right conditions to grow. Some molds produce mycotoxins, such as the black mold Stachybotyrs. Many articles can be found on the effects of mold, and toxic mold.

Mold could lead to asthma. Houses with mold are damp, and have dust mites and other things in them that can cause illness, especially in children.

Don't panic; there is a solution that will stop your crawl space from being a hospitable environment for mold. Mold will not grow when the humidity levels are reduced below 50%.