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The damage done by neglecting a crawl space is likely affecting you more than the eye can see, says Vallone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Nancy T. of Seattle)
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It’s easy to do, but forgetting your crawl space can have plenty of negative consequences for the rest of your home from poor air quality to high energy bills.

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Mold in a basement is a common problem. My company helps people with this every day. Some of the answers you received were helpful but not all the information is correct. First, you need to eliminate the two main ingrediants that mold needs to survive. The first one is water intrusion. This is a must. I am assuming you have no water intrusion as you make no mention. The second componant that needs to be eliminated is moisture. Moisture is also humidity. Basements need to be kept airtight in the summer months. Some folks have posted that you need air flow in your basement. Nothing could be furthur from the truth. When you open any windows for example, not one micron of air goes out of the basement, Warm humid air is sucked into the basement. Houses suck air into the basement and it meets the cool surfaces and skyrockets humidity. The windows must be kept closed and a dehumidification device installed to ensure humidity stays below 60% humidity. The dehumidifier should be energy star rated and purchasing a seperate humidity guage is a must to monitor the unit's progress. We like to keep our customer's basements at 50% humidity. This eliminates the smell that is active mold spore growth. Once the water and humidity is brought under control. Remove the organic materials that have mold on them. Walls, sheetrock and studs that have been affected. Follow the advice of previous posts as you must ensure that you do not affect the rest of the home. Once removed, install new walls using as much inorganic material as possible. We also install vapor barrier over the walls and seal the floors to stopwater vapor transmission into the basement. Poly plastic is not a acceptable vapor barrier. It is not "zero-perm" and will still allow moisture transmission. It will also crack and break into pieces over the years. A PVC liner rated "zero-perm" is the correct product in this application. Depending how large the basement is and if it is sectioned off will determine the dehumidifier strength. We use the Santa Fe line of dehidifiers as they are super energy efficiant and work like a dehumidifier on steriods. I hope this helps and I wish you the best in Basement Health!
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Where is the home located, what is the exterior wall construction and type, how is the space heated?

 

It could be a whole host of different scenarios that would generate that result.  It is nearly impossible to tell but I would say that most basement moisture problems are a result of bulk moisture intrusion or condensation issues. 

 

Given the deep and hard winter this year, it could be a condensation issue that hadn't previously been shown.

 

 

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All Waterproofing Contractors in Tallahassee, FL

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Artistic Perfection Drywall And Stucco Inc

2700 Power Mill Ct
Tallahassee

Bentz Remodeling

8338 Hunters Ridge Trl
Tallahassee

Boomerang Restoration

3048 West Tharpe Street
Tallahassee

C K Decorative Concrete LLC

939 Spring Meadows Rd
Quincy

C W Meeks Construction Inc

7025 Springhill Rd
Tallahassee

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Fielder Landscapes

2910 Kerry Forest Parkway - PO Box
Tallahassee

Gutter Solutions & Waterproofing

1605 Talpeco Rd
Tallahassee

Jay Walker Enterprises, Inc.

1934 Iron Bridge Rd.
Havana

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

LRE Ground Services Inc

1115 S Main St
Brooksville

PANHANDLE ENTERPRISES

1974 Bushy Hall Rd
Tallahassee

Protective Coatings of Lake County, Inc

2307 E County Road 44
Eustis

Rainbow International of the Big Bend

222 Jean Dr
Crawfordville

sweats painting & handyman

604 S Bellamy Dr
Quincy

The Aerial Companies, Inc.

4492 MERCANTILE AVE
Naples

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