As with every aspect of avoiding mold, controlling the moisture will control the mold. This is especially true of your crawl space. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the vast majority of homes have a crawl space. A crawlspace is meant to be a buffer between the damp ground and the wood-building structures of the house. Unfortunately, some engineering flaws require modifications by homeowners to keep the naturally occurring ground moisture from damaging the wood structures directly above it.
Moisture Science Crawlspace Services
MSE provides crawl space inspection services that determine if any moisture intrusion problems exist and what damage has been caused such as mold contamination or rot of the wood structures.
Our crawl space service includes:
- Moisture Mapping
- Moisture Inspection
- Mold Inspection
- Mold Remediation
- Vapor barrier installation
- Crawlspace dehumidifier installation
If you have any questions about the crawl space inspection services that we perform then please contact us.
Crawlspace Inspection by Moisture Science Environmental
The inspection process for a crawl space can be very difficult since many entrances are only 18” high by 36” wide. Also, once a person enters the space they are typically crawling.
It is very important for a mold inspector to be able to get to all aspects of the space which can sometimes mean crawling up to 60 feet on their stomach. The inspector must document the conditions (relative humidity, condition of dirt, condition of wood subfloors, condition of the foundation as well as the condition of the insulation.
Crawlspace Mold Removal
Performing mold remediation in the crawl space is quite an undertaking. It is one thing to have to crawl around and take pictures and do moisture readings, it is entirely another thing to have to bring in lots of equipment, lighting and several technicians.
Insulation between the floor joist must be removed, bagged up and taken out of the space. The overhead joist need to be HEPA vacuumed, scrubbed, sprayed and then encapsulated. Of all the types of mold remediation in a home or business, the crawl space is the most difficult working environment there is.
Please contact an experienced crawlspace mold removal specialist for a quote.
MSE Performs Crawlspace Waterproofing
Waterproofing of a crawl space can be a very difficult process. If the standard moisture barrier and humidity-activated fans do not greatly reduce the moisture intrusion into the crawl space then the work is typically performed from the outside. This process involves digging a trench around the entire foundation, installing gravity irrigation drains and applying a waterproofing sealant to the outside of the foundation walls below grade.
If you live in Philadelphia or New Jersey then email Moisture Science for professional crawlspace waterproofing.
Moisture Science: A Crawlspace Specialist
MSE is one of the leading crawl space mold removal companies in NJ and Philadelphia, PA area. We are a crawl space specialist with a scientific background in controlling moisture. We love educating our customers and providing personalized crawlspace solutions to local businesses and homeowners.
If you’ve been looking for a “crawl space contractor near me” to help with your crawl space remediation, then contact Moisture Science for experienced and knowledgeable crawl space solutions.
Crawlspace Mold FAQs
Can mold in the crawlspace affect the air quality of the home?
Yes, the stack effect causes air to enter through the crawl space and rise throughout the living areas.
Should I seal off my crawlspace or install a crawlspace fan to allow air movement?
The jury is out on this particular question. It used to be common practice to allow air to freely move in and out of the space. The latest building science sees builders sealing off the crawl space from the outside environment.
Let a moisture science professional evaluate if a crawlspace cover or installing a crawl space circulation fan is right for you.
Does reducing the relative humidity of a crawl space reduce insects including ants, termites and roaches?
Absolutely! Insects are attracted by moisture. The wetter a space is, the more insects there will be.
Call Moisture Science to investigate your crawlspace foundation for humidity control.
How often should a crawlspace be inspected after it has been sealed and/or has had mold remediation performed?
Crawl spaces in Philadelphia and New Jersey should be inspected every 4-5 years to make sure the vapor barrier and other systems are still in place and functioning properly.
Is it normal to have some mold in a crawlspace?
While having a small amount of mold in a crawl space is not unusual, the problem comes when that mold is allowed to spread. The focus should be on controlling the moisture and keeping it below 55%.
Should I worry about mold in crawlspace?
Everyone should be concerned about whether there is mold in the crawl space because aside from the fact that the air quality in the home will suffer, mold is a sign of moisture issues and that is a much bigger problem.
Do I need a dehumidifier for crawlspace mold?
If a vapor barrier and vents do not control moisture then a crawl space dehumidifier should be considered. A crawlspace dehumidifier with pump is a specific product that is made to be in a very damp environment which can freeze or become very hot since crawl spaces are not controlled by HVAC systems.