Mold Treatment and Removal
MOLD TREATMENT AND REMOVAL
Crawlspaces and More is proud to provide mold removal services for your home or business. We don’t just kill the mold; our goal is to completely remove all types of mold from your crawlspace or basement and prevent it from recurring. By using a safe mixture of bio-degradable cleaning agents and our proprietary application method, we are able to service your home in a way others can’t.
What is mold, why do I have mold in my home, and should I be concerned?
All varieties of mold (sometimes called mildew) are a type of fungus. Fungal growth is all around us in nature, in our homes, on our bodies, and even in the produce department of your local grocery store. You’ve probably even eaten some recently.
So, what’s the big deal?
The common consensus among doctors and scientists is that mold isn’t bad for you – as long as it’s not concentrated and allowed to grow in a confined space. Essentially, it’s not the mold itself that’s bad for you – it’s the buildup of toxic spores that get into the air. Once these spores are airborne in an environment that allows them to thrive, the mold multiplies quickly and emits more spores. This concentration of spores is what becomes harmful to your health. If you have respiratory problems or allergies, you’re probably already familiar with the effects of breathing in a moldy environment. Even if you’re a perfectly healthy person though, you should be cautious. Like smoking, inhaling mold spores can take weeks, months, or even years before you see the effects. Mold remediation is far less expensive than dealing with long term health problems. We offer free inspections, and solutions are probably less expensive than you’d imagine. Why risk it?
Other than the obvious health concerns to people living in my home, is mold bad for my home?
Yes. There are many types of mold, but all mold is a type of fungal growth. Fungus naturally occurs on wood and its purpose is to deteriorate and destroy wood. Aside from discoloring drywall and causing foul odors, mold growth can develop into structural problems. Some infections are as serious as termite infestations. If mold is allowed to develop unchecked, it develops mycelium, a root structure similar to the way trees grow deeper into soil as they grow larger in size. Mycelium feed on your wood, slowly destroying it the same way fungus kills trees. Eventually, it completely rots the wood, which can destroy your home. This is especially concerning for homeowners who have a home that is over 25 years old, because mold could be old enough to already be causing damage. We will inspect your foundation and framing when we evaluate your home for mold and can quote and perform repairs if needed.
How did mold get into my home in the first place?
Mold spores are always present in the environment. Every time you open a door or window, a few microscopic spores enter the home. Normally, it dies out quickly once inside. Mold needs four things to grow: moisture, warmth, food, and oxygen. As a homeowner, you can only control one of these: moisture. You cannot eliminate warmth, food (organic surfaces such as wood), or oxygen. You can easily control moisture. Mold needs moisture – a lot of it – to stay alive and flourish. Aside from direct contact with a water source (such as a leaking basement), mold gets moisture directly from the air. Fortunately, we live in a golden age of science and we know exactly home much moisture mold needs to thrive, and the number is 65% relative humidity (RH). Humidity is always related to temperature, but that’s complicated so we’ll skip the science lesson and you can research that on your own.
The point is, through air conditioning, we are able to control the moisture level in the home so that mold isn’t a factor. You may not know it, but your HVAC system is a huge dehumidifier that happens to blow cold/warm air – conditioned air. The problem is, your crawlspace and your basement need to be conditioned too, not just the living spaces of the home. Keep scrolling for specific details related to crawlspace or basement mold.
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Crawlspaces and More
234 Mountain View Road
Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone: (800) 701-9828