Crawl Space Flooding Can Lead To Mold Growth In Your Home

1 July 2022
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If your crawl space was flooded before and you didn't follow through on ensuring the water and moisture were completely removed from the crawl space, you're likely dealing with a mold problem in your home, or you soon will be. Water and moisture that aren't promptly and effectively removed from a flooded crawl space or basement can lead to disastrous mold and mildew growth in the future.

Here are several things you need to know about removing mold from your home after the crawl space has flooded.

Mold & Mildew Develop Within 1-2 Days After Water Damage

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, mold and mildew start to develop within just 24-48 hours after water and moisture damage in the home. Mold and mildew will continue to grow until measures are taken to remove the mold and mildew, and the water and moisture are eliminated.

You cannot do one effectively without doing the other, as well. Both mold removal and water damage restoration need to be accomplished in order to both remove the existing mold from the home and also prevent it from developing and growing again. You'll need to remove the mold and dry out the space by removing water-damaged materials and drying out the space with dehumidifiers.

Crawl Spaces — Out of Sight, Out of Mind

If you are like the vast majority of people living in a home with a crawl space, there's little to no reason to go down to the crawl space on a regular basis. Because of this, the condition of the crawl space is out of sight and out of mind. Then, one day you do need to go down to the crawl space and realize that you have a mold and mildew problem because there's too much water and moisture in your crawl space.

Should this be the case for your home and the condition of your crawl space, you'll need to hire mold removal services as well as possibly encapsulate your crawl space to prevent continuing problems. Encapsulating your crawl space will help keep the moisture and dampness from accumulating in your crawl space due to issues such as having a high water table and/or foundation that is too permeable. 

In conclusion, mold removal services should be combined with water damage restoration and crawl space encapsulation to help reduce the risks of having the same problems with mold and mildew arise in the future due to a wet or damp crawl space.