Have Mold in Your Crawl Space? Take These Steps to Remove It
No one ever wants to find mold in a crawl space, but if you do it’s important to remove it quickly.
Moisture in your crawl space can lead to fungi. Any type of fungi infestation can affect your health and the well-being of anyone spending time in your home, ranging from minor respiratory irritation to chronic cough, headaches and more.
Here’s a primer on crawl space mold removal:
- Protect yourself with the proper gear. You’ll need an OSHA-rated respirator, non-vented safety goggles that fit snug against your face, heavy gloves and disposable coveralls. You don’t want any part of your body exposed to the mold.
- Inspect the problem. Wearing the safety gear, assess the location and extent of the fungi infestation. Make sure you have enough light to work efficiently. Put down plastic sheeting to collect mold that scatters during cleaning. If the job looks overwhelming, contact a professional for help.
- Start with a mold spray. This foaming spray is designed to do one thing: remove mold. You’ll spray it on the affected area and, following the manufacturer’s instructions, give it time to expand and loosen the mold. Then begin scrubbing the mold off.
- Kill any remaining mold. You use a bleach solution, a white vinegar solution or purchase a mold-removal cleaner. Let it soak in, then scrub again, this time with a stiff bristle brush. Be patient and thorough.
- Throw everything mold has touched away. This includes your protective gear, the brushes, and the plastic sheeting on the floor.
- Address the moisture issue that led to the mold. You don’t want to make this kind of clean-up a regular chore,
If you have any concerns about mold or fungi in your home, the professionals at CrawlSpace Care are ready to help. We are Roanoke’s premier source for fungi prevention services. Call us today.