Mold Testing & Mold Inspection in South Carolina
How do I know if I have mold in the crawl space of our home?
As a local South Carolina mold testing and inspection company we at Mold Test USA know South Carolina well. As a local company we know that South Carolina is famous for having crawlspaces. The problem with crawlspaces is, people don’t usually go underneath their house. In some cases houses are owned by elderly people that aren’t able to go under the house. In South Carolina especially around the Charleston area and Myrtle Beach as well, there is a lot of moisture in the ground. Actually the whole lower part of the state is barely above sea level. In Charleston you don’t have to dig too deep to find water. If you live in the low country, especially Charleston a vapor barrier is a must. Columbia and all the other major cities in South Carolina are by far clearer of needing a vapor barrier. If you own a crawlspace you must have a vapor barrier intact underneath your home.
If you are up against a mold issue in your crawlspace, or anywhere else in your South Carolina home call Mold Test USA
What is a vapor barrier?
A vapor barrier is a thick piece of plastic that lies on the ground inside the crawlspace. The purpose of the vapor barrier is just what it says. It’s a barrier against vapor. A vapor barrier holds the vapor into the ground, and he keeps your crawlspace from looking like your bathroom after a hot shower. One common misconception about mold is that mold needs water to grow. Mold does not need water in order to grow. The only thing that mold requires is oxygen, a food source, and moisture. It does not have to be wet only moist. So as the vapor swirls underneath your home the wood from the floor joist gets wet and it’s very common for mold the start growing on the floor joist.
Does mold in the crawlspace affect us inside our home?
Yes. Mold gets into your home in various ways. Remember mold is completely microscopic. Therefore it easily gets in around vents, light switches, and cracks in wood etc. Believe it or not 40% of the air you breathe inside of your home comes from the crawlspace so it is very important for you to have a professional mold test or air quality sample inside of your home.
If you would like to know more about mold feel free to contact our local South Carolina mold specialist at Mold Test USA