Some people wonder whether it’s even important to fix mold in a crawl space. After all, many people don’t visit their crawl spaces often, if at all. Can mold really cause that many problems?
Although mold may be present in a surprising number of homes, that doesn’t mean you can just ignore it. It’s important to fix any type of mold you’ve discovered in your crawl space.
Any Mold Can Cause Problems
Many people focus on especially toxic mold growths when describing the dangers of mold. It’s true: something like black mold in your crawl space can cause extremely serious health problems. However, that’s not the only thing that can cause health problems.
Even non-toxic types of mold in your crawl space can have health impacts. You may not even notice the health problems you’re having, but they’re still there.
When you fix the mold problems in your home, you’ll start functioning better. Even if the problems aren’t severe, it’s better that you’re not dealing with them. Healthiness matters, even if it’s a small improvement.
Mold Rises Through Your Home
The argument that you never really visit your crawl space doesn’t actually hold up. You might not physically visit your crawl space often, but as a matter of fact, you’re dealing with your crawl space’s air more commonly than you might think.
Mold spores can become airborne, which means you don’t have to be in extremely close proximity to breathe them in. The “stack effect” means that air rises in your home. These two factors combined mean that you could be breathing in mold from your crawl space on a regular basis.
Even if you don’t often visit your crawl space, it’s important to fix issues down there. That mold can have health impacts even if you never see the mold in person.
You’re Inviting Insects and Rodents Inside
You may not ever think about it, but mold is actually a great food source for insects. If you have mold or mildew in your crawl space, it’s likely you’ll start having mites and other insects as well.
When you have insects in your crawl space, you’re also inevitably going to find rodents in your crawl space too. This is especially true if you have open vents for your crawl space. Rodents are great at finding ways into a house.
Insects and rodents can both have health problems that can then transfer to humans. By not cleaning up the mold in your crawl space, you’re potentially inviting in further problems in the future.