Encapsulate Your Crawl Space And Get Rid Of That Musty Mold Odor For Good

When the musty smell in your crawl space overwhelms your home, it's time to get rid of it. That musty scent is most likely a sign of black mold growth. Black mold isn't safe for you to breathe or live around. In addition, it can permeate the surfaces of your bathroom, laundry room and other living spaces. You can encapsulate your crawl space and get rid of the mold for good. Here's how encapsulation works in your crawl space – and what you can do to remove the smell from your home.

How Does Mold Grow in Your Crawl Space?

Mold grows best in dark, dank places like you crawl space. If it rains a lot in your area, water can soak into the ground around the home's foundation until it saturates the soil with moisture. This excess moisture eventually penetrates the siding or cement material covering your crawl space, as well as the soil or dirt beneath it. With time, the damp crawl space becomes the perfect home and food source for mold spores.

Mold spores can enter any hole or opening on your crawl space. Sometimes, the spores already live inside the dirt below the space and only need water to help them grow. The only way to stop the growth of mold is to remove its food source from inside the crawl space. This is where encapsulation comes into play.

What Does Encapsulation Mean?

If you didn't insulate your crawl space when you built or purchased it, you should encapsulate it now. Encapsulation is a process of adding plastic or some other insulating material on the foundation of the crawl space, including on or over the pipelines that run through it. It also pertains to covering the dirt or soil your home sits on with cement or another type of waterproof material.

When you decide to encapsulate your crawl space, you should be aware of a few things first. For example:

  • The technicians who work on your home will need to remove the mold growth from the space's foundation prior to insulating it. They generally use mold removing chemicals to do this.
  • The technicians may also treat the soil around your home to remove the excessive moisture, or refer you to a company that specializes in waterproofing soil with drainage lines and concrete.
  • The technicians may request that you turn off the water to your home temporarily during the work, especially if you have major pipe and sewer lines running under the house. This helps to prevent accidental damage to your pipes and lines.

After the technicians complete the steps above, they install the insulation. If your crawl space is large, it may take some time to complete the work. However, the technicians will give you an estimate for the repair time before they start the job.

Once the technicians finish encapsulating your crawl space, you can remove the musty scent from inside the home.

How Can You Remove the Musty Scent from Your Home?

The first thing you may want to do is remove all signs of mold growth in your home. Mold spores can enter your home's ventilation system from beneath the house. As a result, mold can inhabit any moist rooms in the home, including the laundry room and bathroom.

You may want to use commercial mold cleanser to do this job, or you can make your own. A good homemade mold killer and remover is white vinegar and warm water. White vinegar contains acids that neutralize or stop the growth of mold spores without leaving behind a harsh, chemical scent.

Here's what you do:

  • Put on a pair of utility gloves to protect your hands from the mold and vinegar.
  • Mix ½ bottle of white vinegar in a spray bottle filled with ½ warm tap water.
  • Spray the solution on the surfaces of your laundry room equipment and flooring.
  • Use the spray vinegar and water solution to treat the bathroom. Apply the solution to the wall tile, sink, shower or tub, and flooring.

If necessary, apply the solution to the counters in your kitchen and around the faucet. After you do every room that may contain mold spores, wait 30 minutes until it soaks into the surfaces, and then use a slightly damp cloth to wipe down the treated surfaces. 

To remove the musty scent from your furnishings, you may want to ask the crawl space technicians for advice. If you use the wrong chemicals or treatments on leather, cotton or some other soft material, you can damage it.

Getting rid of the mold inside your crawl space is easy when you have the right help. Be sure to contact your crawl space technicians for an appointment today. For more tips about crawl space repair, try these guys.