Fungus & Mold

Fungal and mold growth is something that can affect any home, and it can quickly become a major concern for the homeowner. Mold grows quickly in damp, humid areas, and most building materials provide the food source mold needs for growth. If you’re having a mold issue in your home, it’s important to get professional mold removal services to ensure your home is safe and clean.

The experts at Pinam have years of experience providing complete mold remediation services that are designed to providing a lasting solution to mold problems. Our fully trained and certified experts know how to identify fungal growth and provide remediation services.

Why Should I be Concerned?

One of the easiest places for mold to grow is in your crawl space since it doesn’t necessarily require sunlight to grow. In fact, the major factor that mold needs for growth is moisture.

Mold can result in a negative impact on your health and continued exposure to crawl space mold can lead to a range of health issues.

The air from your crawl space finds its way into your house and circulates. Since heat rises, warmer air rises which then brings along with it various particles. Some of these particles are crawl space mold. Therefore, spending time in a place with mold present such as your crawl space is a potential cause of ill health.

If you do have a serious mold issue, it is very important to the to both the health of your crawl space and the rest of your home to get it removed and remediated so that it does not return.

Mold in the crawl space is very common in high humid areas. Wood rot fungus in the crawl space should not be ignored because every minute of every day it eats more and more of your joists and subfloor.

Each year mold destroys more wood than all the fires and termites combined.

(Luke Armstrong, 2016)

Key Facts...

Any kind of water damage (flood, pipe burst, leakage) can facilitate the growth of a mold in as soon as 24-48 hours. (ServiceMaster Restore, 2016)

Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home. (Source: https://realtimelab.com/mold-statistics/)

93% of chronic sinus infections have been attributed to mold. (Mayo Clinic, 1999) (Source: https://realtimelab.com/mold-statistics/)

Up to 25% of the population has a genetic pre-disposition that makes them more susceptible to mold illness. (Mold Sensitized, 2015) (Source: https://realtimelab.com/mold-statistics/)

What Causes Fungus & Mold?

Water Penetration

Moisture can make its way into your crawl space after originating from an entirely different source. These sources may include walls, plumbing leaks or even HVAC or mechanical failures above or within the crawl space.

High Humidity

Outside air tends to be a lot warmer than the air in the crawl space. This then becomes a problem in warmer climates especially since warmer air continually flows into the ventilated crawl space.

 

Ground Water

Rising ground water travels upwards from the ground, causing major problems for crawl spaces that haven’t undergone encapsulation and been protected with a vapor barrier. The continuous wetness in your crawl space encourages mold and wood-decaying fungus.