Instead of a basement, some residential properties are equipped with a crawl space. This space is designed to provide access to plumbing, gas lines, and other important elements that run underneath the home.

A crawl space can also act as a host for toxic mold. Since mold thrives in dark and damp areas, your crawl space can provide the perfect environment for mold growth. You need to be prepared to tackle a mold problem in your crawl space safely and quickly to avoid having the mold spread throughout your home.

Inspect for Mold

The first step in managing mold within a crawl space is identifying whether or not mold exists within the space itself. A mold inspection can be completed in a few different ways. You can don the proper safety gear (respirator and safety suit) and conduct a visual inspection of the crawl space for evidence of mold growth.

You can also have a professional come to your home and complete an air quality test inside the crawl space. The air quality test will help to identify mold spores that might not be visible to the naked eye.

Identify the Root Cause

Once you have verified that there is a mold problem within your home's crawl space, you will need to investigate to uncover the root cause of the mold growth. The mold will simply return after it has been removed if you don't address the root cause of the problem.

Moisture is typically at the center of any residential mold problems. You may have a leaking pipe inside the crawl space. Your home may have been hit by a flood that caused water damage in the crawl space. You may have humidity problems caused by improper ventilation or lack of a vapor barrier.

All of these moisture-related issues should be investigated thoroughly, and the cause of your mold growth should be corrected before you begin the removal process.

Determine the Extent of the Mold Growth

After you have taken the necessary steps to prevent mold from growing back in the future, you will need to determine the extent of your mold problem. The EPA recommends that you hire a professional mold remediation company to handle the removal of any mold growth that is larger than 10 square feet in size.

Mold infestations smaller than 10 square feet can be handled alone, but the dangers associated with handling any toxic mold make the help of a mold removal professional invaluable no matter how big your mold problem may be.