Fifty percent of the air you breathe at home comes from your home’s crawl space, says Tampa Bay mold remediation expert Brandon Faust.
That’s the area under your home that serves as the foundation of the house itself, houses various structural components, and which should be properly built to stave off moisture intrusion, usually through the use of vapor barriers.
Solid concrete walls are typically considered the best base for a Florida home, as moisture more easily seeps through both brick and cinder block. The home in question, with a mold problem causing the occupants various health symptoms, was built of cinder block.
Mold growth in a crawl space is one of the most common situations Faust and his mold remediation team helps area clients with, but it’s not the most common. That would be moldy air ducts, an especially common problem in Florida given the high-moisture content in the air and nearly year-round rains.
Mr. Faust, the owner of Mold Solutions (formerly Mold Solutions USA), is an IICRC and NORMI-certified mold remediation specialist that has treated more than one-thousand homes in the area.
In a video shared Tuesday, June 27, Mr. Faust takes viewers under a home and into its crawl space, where mold is clearly visible.
Unlike mold inside of a home’s living quarters, crawl space mold is rarely actually seen by homeowners, many of whom don’t think to consider it a problem, or simply never visit their home’s foundation.
Out of sight, it’s also out of mind.
“About 50 percent of the air you breathe comes from the crawl space, impacting the overall indoor air quality.”Brandon Faust, Tampa Mold Remediation Specialist
Here’s what that looked like in one Tampa home, treated by Mold Solutions last week.
If you suspect you have mold in your crawl space, or are experiencing negative health effects you think might be caused by mold, call Mold Solutions for a free environmental consultation.