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Most dirt crawl spaces are vented to get the moisture out. The problem is that the vents let warm humid air in during the summer. This adds moisture to the crawl space, and makes the house harder to air condition as all this moisture needs to be wrung out of the air.
Mold spores, the seeds of mold, are in the air everywhere. All they need to grow is organic material such as wood, the right temperature range and moisture.
Whether it's from standing water after a rainstorm or just the dirt floor, evaporating moisture can damage wood and insulation and eventually make its way into your home. Mold in the crawl space and upstairs living areas is a common problem caused by excess moisture
Mold destroys organic materials as it feeds on them. Mold reproduces by producing millions of floating airborne spores, which some people are very sensitive to.
When is the last time you looked inside your home's crawl space? If you're like most homeowners with a crawl space under the home, this dark, musty pit filled with cobwebs, spiders, and who knows what else, probably isn't a place you visit very often, or at all.
If there's a problem in your crawl space, such as flooding or moisture, it could be a long time before you know about it. What happens in the crawl space stays in the crawl space, right? We wish. Several studies have shown that as much as 40% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space. This means that moisture, mold, dust, and pathogens can seep into your home, where you're breathing it in. Asthma or allergy symptoms could be a response to this.