It’s important that you pursue a permanent fix for crawl space mold, not just a fix that will last for a few weeks or months. This process will usually be the process a crawl space expert will help you go through for permanent mold removal.
Remove the Existing Mold
The first step should be to remove existing mold from your crawl space. Whether you’re dealing with very small spores of mold or you’re dealing with gigantic sheets of mold, you need to remove the mold before you can get to work making your crawl space inhospitable to mold. Otherwise, the work will go on around those mold spores.
Of course, mold removal is a pretty dangerous process. Although most mold isn’t always toxic, it can still do a number on your lungs. That’s why most mold removal requires breathing and eye protection. It’s important that you consult a mold removal expert for this rather than trying to do it yourself, because that can be extremely dangerous.
Encapsulate Your Crawl Space
With crawl space encapsulation, you’re addressing the root problem rather than just tackling the symptoms. That’s right: mold growth is a symptom, not an initial problem. When you’re experiencing mold in your crawl space, it’s because of that crawl space humidity, and if you remove your crawl space humidity, you’ll be able to stem mold growth.
Crawl space encapsulation is a process that can be difficult to complete, but it’s absolutely worth it. On top of avoiding future mold growth, encapsulation can lower your energy bills, help you avoid high indoor humidity, and make it less likely that you’ll encounter wood rot. These are just a few of the reasons people opt for crawl space encapsulation.
Install a Dehumidifier
Typically, crawl space encapsulation utilizes a dehumidifier, but it’s an important enough step that it bears repeating. It’s important that you install a dehumidifier in most cases to help keep your crawl space humidity down to a manageable amount, even if you only have to install this dehumidifier in your home for a short period of time.
Whether you install it for good or you have it in your crawl space temporarily, a crawl space dehumidifier can be very useful for avoiding future mold growth. After all, as long as you’re paying attention to make sure you don’t end up with standing water or condensation, an energy-efficient dehumidifier can essentially ensure that your crawl space stays mold-free.
Observe General Crawl Space Maintenance
Once you’ve removed the mold from your crawl space, you need to make sure you’re observing crawl space maintenance as a whole. This will help make sure the mold is truly gone for good, which is an important part of this process. There are a number of things you should do as a part of your crawl space maintenance every so often.
For example, it’s a good idea to do a crawl space inspection at least once a year. With a yearly inspection, you’ll be able to see whether mold is happening in your crawl space and catch it before it has a chance to spread. Additionally, you should keep track of any potential symptoms of crawl space mold and let your inspector know about them when you get in contact for your yearly maintenance.