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What is the Purpose of a Crawl Space and Why Mold is Common in Them?

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in crawl space on wood Mold in Point Pleasant crawl space on the wood before the mold clean up process begins.

What is the Purpose of a Crawl Space?

A crawl space is essentially a hollow area under the floors of some homes between the ground and the first floor. Usually it is about 1 foot to 3 feet high, just high enough for someone to enter by crawling, as its name implies. Aside from elevating your home off the ground, a crawl space’s purpose is a convenient and inconspicuous place to contain stuff of the house that would normally be in a basement, such as its air conditioning and heater, duct work, insulation, plumbing, and electrical wiring according to Realtor.com.

Why Mold is Common in Crawl Spaces?

Wood, insulation and dirt floors all allow mold growth given the right circumstances such as moisture. A crawl space with excess moisture needs to properly vented or it may become a perfect breeding ground for mold. If there is a water issue of any kind and the source of the problem is not addressed, the crawl space is the perfect place for microorganisms like mold to multiply, according to Homelight.com.

If you find your crawl space has mold, you have 2 issues that need to be addressed:

  1. The cause of the mold
  2. The mold

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant has highly trained technicians that specialize in mold damage remediation. We arrive quickly to get your home back to normal, along with our specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

Have a mold emergency? Contact us at 732-202-3001.

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