Crawlspaces: To Vent or Not to Vent, that is the question

We have discussed mold activity at length regarding water intrusion and mold growth in basements. As we know, crawlspaces are also under the house, but are a different beast altogether. The lower building areas, such as basements and crawlspaces, most frequently develop mold amplification. We know that moisture is the limiting factor in mold growth.

So the question is: Should I vent my crawlspace or seal it up?

Historically, crawlspaces were vented by definition. Our most frequent finding has been that the ventilation is inadequate or somehow impaired. We wanted ample cross ventilation to capture and remove moisture that originated at floor level. We also recognized that because that meant bringing in outside air, there was the potential for moisture, either liquid or very high humidity, to be drawn into the space and increase the moisture load in the space. [Read more…]

Mold Activity in Basements: Where Does the Water Come From?

We have discussed mold activity at length in previous posts and videos. Mold contamination has become the most common indoor air quality issue we encounter, both in commercial and residential buildings. And the lower building areas, such as basements, crawlspaces and slab on grade areas, most frequently develop mold amplification. Since we know that moisture is the limiting factor in mold growth, we arrive at the following question:

Why does mold like the lower building areas and where does the moisture come from? [Read more…]