Crawlspace Mold and Mildew in San Francisco
When water enters your crawlspace, 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 crawlspace. Even if you don’t see standing water, you could still have a crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace is damp or wet and should not be ignored. A crawlspace 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 crawlspace, but mainly the wood components.
Water enters your crawlspace through ground water, heavy rain and plumbing leaks. If your crawlspace is not properly waterproofed, the moisture will find its way into the crawlspace. Some of the health issues associated with mold and mildew are:
- Skin irritation
- Organ damage
- Runny nose
- Eye irritation
Don’t let your crawlspace cause you and your family health issues. The experts at Bay Area Underpinning will come and inspect your crawlspace and offer you the best solution to keeping is safe and dry. We have the experience and use the best products for making sure your crawlspace stays dry and keeps mold and mildew away.
Crawlspace Mold & Mildew Solutions in the Bay Area
Bay Area Underpinning has the solution for keeping your crawlspace dry and prevent mold and mildew. We use crawlspace encapsulation for crawlspace waterproofing in the Bay Area. Crawlspace 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 crawlspace will become wet and damp, promoting the growth of mold and mildew.
Crawlspace 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 crawlspace encapsulation by Bay Area Underpinning, you will be preventing the growth of mold and mildew in a wet crawlspace.
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 crawlspace encapsulation needs.