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Diagnosing Crawl Space Mold

For homes with crawl space foundations, it is vital to ensure that the crawl space is well protected from moisture. If water is allowed to seep into the area, it will result in moisture issues such as mold and mildew growth. The best way to prevent mold and mildew issues in your home is to make sure that your entire home has adequate drainage. This can be done in a variety of ways. The professional waterproofing team at Basement Masters Waterproofing in Virginia can provide you with all of the best drainage and waterproofing systems to prevent a mold problem in the crawl space of your home. Signs of Basement Water Problems

If mold and mildew do develop in your crawl space, the air in that area could become harmful to breathe. You may not consider this a big problem since you probably don’t spend much time in your crawl space. However, most of the air throughout the home is actually air that comes from below. This means that you and your family could be breathing the mold infected air from the crawl space no matter where you spend most of your time.

Signs of a Wet Crawl Space

It is important to call a waterproofing expert as soon as you see the signs of a wet crawl space or mold and mildew growth. Some of the most common signs include:

  • Damp Walls
  • Water Stains
  • Wet or Damp Insulation
  • Rusting Metal
  • Musty Odor
  • Rotting Wood
  • High Humidity
  • Condensation on Pipes
  • Visible Mold and Mildew

These issues are usually the result of water in the yard seeping into the crawl space through foundation cracks or the porous concrete foundation. When this happens, not only does it lead to moisture issues inside the home, but it also causes the foundation to become weaker. If you notice mold or mildew in your home, invest in one of the reliable waterproofing and drainage systems from Basement Masters Waterproofing.

Crawl Space Mold and Mildew Solutions

To seal moisture out of your crawl space, one of the most effective methods is crawl space encapsulation. To do this, a vapor barrier is installed to block excess moisture from leaking into the crawl space. This barrier is made of a water-resistant material, such as plastic or foil sheeting. The vapor barrier is put in along the interior surface of the crawl space to effectively create a waterproof seal, eliminating moisture entry from the outside.

Putting in drainage systems around your home can also prevent mold. These drainage systems utilize:

  • Drainage wells
  • Gutters
  • Downspouts
  • Waterproof membranes

These are all for the foundation. Drainpipe systems are used to remove water from the yard and keep it away from your basement or crawl space. This type of drainage solution stops the mold before it can create an issue in your home. Interior waterproofing systems such as a sump pump and sump pit can also help to keep water at bay, preventing the formation of mold and mildew.

Contact Basement Masters Waterproofing

If you are in need of basement waterproofing or drainage to fight the mold and mildew in your crawl space, get in touch with the professional Basement Masters team. We provide solutions such as vapor barriers, interior drainage, exterior drainage, and other drainage systems to keep your home dry and comfortable. If you’re ready to fix your home, call today for a free quote!

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