Most people are not aware that a large amount of air they are breathing inside the home comes from or passes through the crawl space. There are thousands of strains of mold growing in North Carolina and Tennessee. At Crawl Space Brothers, we rarely go into a crawl space that does not have some form of growth. White, yellow, and brown wood-eating mold are the most common.
Fixing the crawl space mold issue requires two steps. First, killing the existing mold by spraying an anti-mold solution directly on to the colonies. Second, by hand cleaning all visible colonies from any surface in the crawl space, usually the floor joist and sub-floor. To treat the mold growth, we use an organic, non-harmful, thyme oil-based spray called Benefect Decon 30. This comes highly recommended from our Bio Chemist partner at NC State.
All the Crawl Space Brothers staff are personally experienced in both identifying mold/fungal growth in crawl spaces and worked to treat and clean it. Having your crawl space inspected for mold growth by a professional who has done it before is always a good idea. We are your crawl space mold removal and moisture remediation experts. Give us a call to set up a convenient appointment time!
Out of the thousands of crawl spaces in the Southeast that Crawl Space Brothers have been in over the years, guess how many were mold-free? At best 1 in 100! Every home has some sort of mold/mildew/fungal growth happening in the crawl space. Mold is commonplace in crawl spaces and is usually not something to panic about. However, there are varying degrees of mold in a crawl space. Ture mold remediation is generally required only when the mold is a 9 or 10 on a 1-10 scale. Mold remediation means hazmat suits, vacating the home, mold in the walls and drywall, and much more. Most crawl spaces can be fixed with a simple mold/fungal growth clean up job. This consists of spraying the colonies and wiping them clean.
If you think there may be mold in your crawl space, it is always good to have a professional do an inspection. Crawl Space Brothers does not offer full mold remediation and is not licensed to do so; however, we do offer great fungal growth/mold cleanup that is enough for almost every crawl space.
The number one thing homeowners think when they find out there is mold in their crawl space….kill it! Crawl Space Brothers takes that a step further by killing it, then also ensuring it does not come back! The only way to do this is by creating an environment where mold and mildew cannot grow.
This means controlling the relative humidity. Mold and mildew cannot grow when the relative air humidity in the crawl space generally stays at or below 50%. Homeowners invest in killing the mold then wonder why it comes back in 6 months. The reason is that there were no preventative measures taken to keep the humidity low. Preventative measures consist of a dehumidifier and often an encapsulation. Guess what the most expensive home improvement you can do is? The one you do more than once! Avoid the cycle and kill the mold right the first time!
Treating the mold in the crawl space always starts with a great mold spray. Year after year, Shockwave Mold Killer takes the #1 best-seller spot for mold spray used to in the United States. Over the last few years, organic alternatives have been catching up. Most recently, Benefect Decon 30, an all-organic thyme-based mold treatment spray, outperformed Benefect in head to head lab tests. Since then, Crawl Space Brothers uses Benefect exclusively to treat all mold and fungal growth in the crawl space. It’s 100% safe for homeowners, people, and pets! You could even drink it!
Once the best mold treatment solution is in use, the important part is spraying and cleaning effectively. Crawl Space Brother’s process is to thoroughly soak each joist in the crawl space (side, bottom, side, subfloor, repeat) — a painstaking yet necessary process. The spray will soak into the porous wood and kill the mold spores harboring inside. Then we will scrub and wipe down all sections of the wood, leaving it looking like new.