Mold and Crawl Spaces
MOLD REMOVAL IN CRAWL SPACES
Visible surface mold growth is common in many crawl spaces in the Southeastern United States. The development of mold contamination requires an environment that this section of the US fosters with its damp climate combined with today’s new porous construction materials and low budget building designs. Crawl spaces used to be vented in order to lessen opportunities for mold contamination. In reality, venting may have made the problem worse. It allows moist, warm, outdoor air laden with spores and water into the crawl space. Microorganisms contained in the soil are also given the opportunity to get inside. In older homes, the mold contamination is common because of this construction. Today, the practice of venting is in decline. However, mold continues to grow despite best efforts to address it.
6 Steps to Crawl Space Mold Damage Removal
Remediation Group, Inc. utilizes a 6-step process they created to safely, effectively, and, most importantly, permanently remove mold contamination from crawl spaces (and other areas). RGI’s trusted process complies with New York City Health Department, IICRC, and EPA Standards and Guidelines.
These are the general steps RGI follows to fix the crawl space mold damage removal:
- In order to prevent cross contamination, set up negative air pressurization inside the crawl space.
- HEPA vacuum all surfaces (joist, sub floor framing, etc.)
- Wipe all surfaces clean (ductwork, framing, conduits, etc.)
- Agitate the affected surface by sanding, scraping or blasting the first layer with dry ice of affected wood framing. Such agitation techniques ensure complete source removal of mold spores and their root system from the contaminated wood framing. This is a key step!
- Wipe all of the surfaces from step 3 again.
- Apply a clear anti-microbial wood coating to the newly cleaned wood surfaces.
When hiring a contractor or mold professional, be intentional about choosing a contractor who guarantees that his or her work will pass visual inspection and surface sampling by third party inspectors. Work worth investing in will be able to be certified by third parties.
Unfortunately, no fogging techniques that offer quick and convenient mold damage removal treatments are presently available. These products may promise quick, cheap and easy results; however, they have been proven to be completely ineffective and therefore a waste of money. Don’t fall victim to claims of quick fixes and miracle solutions!
Put your money to good use and call Remediation Group, Inc. today to schedule an evaluation of your crawl space or other contaminated area. RGI will provide a free detailed estimate with easy to understand square footage pricing. Rest assured that we will treat your home as if it were our own, providing reliable and sustainable care.
RGI is the right choice for mold remediation for your home and family!