Naples and Mold Problems from Contaminated Crawl Spaces
SERVPRO Explains Why Mold Infestations Occur in Damp Structures and Remediation
If a water leak inside your Naples home ever goes unnoticed, many problems can result. For example, if your crawl space stays wet for more than 48 hours mold damage repair may become necessary. In some cases, the initial problem does not get noticed until it is too late. Once a fungus has formed inside your house, the issue can become worse quickly if the problem is not mitigated.
If you notice wet materials inside your home or smell a musty aroma, it is a good idea to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We can conduct mold damage restoration in Naples that can help prevent future problems from occurring. Once fungi have developed, it grows spores that can spread to unaffected areas and create more issues. Proper mitigation can prevent spores from spreading.
Crawl spaces are a likely place for fungal problems to exist. The temperatures are often elevated in these confined spaces due to poor circulation underneath the house. Coupled with dampness in the dirt means that adding water can quickly increase moisture and humidity levels. The crawl space is also the home to a large number of organic materials such as insulation and floor joists.
If mold grows inside your crawlspace, many different problems can quickly arise. Fungi first develope at the source of the elevated moisture levels but can then spread quickly to other areas of exposed wood underneath your house. As a fungus grows it forms root-like structures called hyphae that contaminate materials in all directions. For example, the hyphae can grow deep into the wood of the floor joists, across the surface of the joist, and out from the surface of the joist making the mold visible. If your crawl space is contaminated, spores can easily get into the airflow system of your house. Once spores get into your ventilation system, they can affect your entire home.
When mitigating fungal issues, our SERVPRO technicians always contain your crawlspace so that particles created by the work process do not infest other sections of your structure. We then work to remove the fungi from the affected building materials by scrubbing or sanding. We also use air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to remove small hazardous particles from the air.
If you ever notice mold or excessive moisture inside your crawl space, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 24/7.
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