Clearly, crawl space mold is a problem. That leads to the question, how do you remove it? The good news is, there are a variety of options you can use to remove mold from your crawl space. A JES expert can help you discover the right option.
Although you might want to try and perform these fixes yourself, it’s typically a much better idea to leave it to the experts. When you consult a JES expert, you know you’re getting a fix that will actually remove the crawl space mold for good.
First off, if you’re dealing with standing water, you have to remove it. This also means you have to shut off any significant sources of water, which may mean sealing open crawl space vents, fixing plumbing leaks or closing foundation cracks.
Of course, this isn’t the only thing you need to do. It’s important that you stop the problem at the root, which may take more digging than this. Installing a sump pump won’t necessarily fix the problem immediately.
However, a JES expert can help you remove the water from the area, which is definitely the first step. This way, you don’t have to purchase the pump and do the fixes yourself. An expert can help you through the process instead.
If you have a dirt crawl space, you’re probably going to need to go through a process called encapsulation. This term describes the process by which you make sure moisture can no longer enter the crawl space as a whole.
Typically, encapsulation requires a thick barrier, which an expert can install across your entire crawl space. It’s not just a thin vapor barrier. It’s a very thick, hearty liner that can keep moisture out reliably.
Homes that don’t have a dirt crawl space might not need to go through this process. However, it’s still important that you seal off all potential entrances for water, which means closing open crawl space vents and fixing foundation cracks. An expert from JES can help you survey your crawl space and determine a way forward.
Lastly, dehumidification will allow you to make sure the crawl space is actually dry. Leaving overt moisture in the area will continue the mold-growing process, and that’s never a good option. You need to make sure your crawl space returns to a low-moisture environment.
You’ll probably need to have a dehumidifier in your crawl space for a small amount of time regardless, to return the crawl space to a healthy moisture level. However, crawl spaces at high risk for moisture problems may need a dehumidifier at all times.
A JES expert will help you understand what you may need to do when it comes to dehumidifying your crawl space. Plus, this expert can direct you to energy-efficient dehumidifiers that won’t make a serious impact on your energy bill.