Recipe for Mold

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017


There are 4 things that make mold grow in your crawl space. When these 4 things mix together the result can be terrible for the health of your home, as well as you. Mold starts as a seed, and until the feeding components are controlled it will eventually take over your home.

The 4 things that will cook up a mold disaster.Conditions that make your crawl space a perfect place for mold to grow

  1. Spores – seeds of mold
  2. Food- organic materials, such as wood
  3. Water- high humidity
  4. Temperature- between 32 and 100 degrees

We can’t eliminate the organic material because our homes are made of it, lots of it. We can’t get out of the temperature zone because we like that zone ourselves. We can’t get away from spores because they are everywhere, you’re actually breathing them right now! The only component left that is controllable is moisture. Moisture control is the secret to mold prevention.

Your doctor is never going to tell you that mold in your home is a good thing.  Mold loves to give families allergy problems and actually cause asthma. Do you really want your family to have to suffer?

Moisture control can be preventative or a solution to a current issue in your home. Homes that are built these days feel much tighter than they used to. In fact, the homes built today are far from tight. Things like vapor barriers and insulation are big in the fight to keep the outside air out. When air gets into a below-ground space such as a crawl space, the homeowner will pay the energy penalty in the winter and in the summer when the condensation sets and creates mold.

Tar Heel Basement Systems provides the ultimate solution for crawl space & basement moisture control. Our patented CrawlSeal vapor barrier protects the crawl space from groundwater as well as water vapor from the earth. What controls the moisture in the air of a crawl space? Our Tar Heel or Aprilaire crawl space air systems of course! The self-draining dehumidifier conditions the air to the correct relative humidity level needed to prevent mold in your crawl space.