Crawl Space Mold and Mildew in San Francisco
When water enters your crawl space, it becomes a breeding area for mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew thrives in damp, dark places. Sometimes it is not obvious that you have a damp or wet crawl space. Even if you don’t see standing water, you could still have a crawl space that is wet and damp, creating mold and mildew. Some of the other signs besides standing water that may indicate that you have a damp, wet crawl space are:
- Condensation on insulation or ductwork
- Musty odors in your living space
- Buckled flooring
- Insect infestation
- Wood rot
All of these are signs that your crawl space is damp or wet and should not be ignored. A crawl space is by far the largest source of moisture in your home. Mold reproduces by forming spores and when these get into the air, it causes an unhealthy living environment for you and your family. Mold will grow on any of the organic materials in a crawl space, but mainly the wood components.
Water enters your crawl space through ground water, heavy rain, and plumbing leaks. If your crawl space is not properly waterproofed, the moisture will find its way into the crawl space. Some of the health issues associated with mold and mildew are:
- Skin irritation
- Organ damage
- Runny nose
- Eye irritation
Don’t let your crawl space cause you and your family health issues. The experts at Bay Area Underpinning will come and inspect your crawl space and offer you the best solution to keep it safe and dry. We have the experience and use the best products for making sure your crawl space stays dry and keeps mold and mildew away.
Crawl Space Mold & Mildew Solutions in the Bay Area
Bay Area Underpinning has the solution for keeping your crawl space dry and prevent mold and mildew. We use crawl space encapsulation for crawl space waterproofing in the Bay Area. Crawl space encapsulation is done by installing a vapor barrier. The vapor barriers that Bay Area Underpinning installs are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best waterproofing products in the industry. ECP vapor barriers are 10 and 16 mil thick and puncture resistant. They are made of a thick, puncture resistant, high tensile strength material. The barriers that are sold in neighborhood hardware stores are much thinner and are not puncture resistant. Once a barrier gets torn or has a hole, they become useless and your crawl space will become wet and damp, promoting the growth of mold and mildew.
Crawl space mold spores can enter your home through open cavities in the sub floor for the plumbing and electrical wiring, register vents, inside accesses, and especially the heating and air conditioning system. With crawl space encapsulation by Bay Area Underpinning, you will be preventing the growth of mold and mildew in a wet crawl space.
Bay Area Underpinning is a family owned and operated business that puts the customer first. We will work with you from start to finish and answer any of your questions and concerns. We have the experience and use only the best products for crawlspace encapsulation. Prevent mold and mildew by contacting the professionals at Bay Area Underpinning for your crawl space encapsulation needs.