Could That Smell Be Crawl Space Mold in Springfield Missouri?
If you are smelling something funky inside your home and can’t find the culprit, there’s a good chance that smell could be coming from your crawl space. If not protected properly, crawl spaces are notorious for having unwanted critters and insects. A damp crawl space can be the ideal breeding ground for crawl space mold in Springfield Missouri.
The first step in determining if your crawl space has unwanted smells coming up through the floor and causing your family to breathe unhealthy fumes is to go down and take a look.
If you aren’t someone who wants to crawl underneath your home on your hands and knees (or sometimes your belly) and you don’t have any desire to come face to face with spiders, bugs, or the occasional opossum or snake, then you’ll need to call a professional to come take a look at your crawl space for you.
Your best bet is to call Dog Gone Mold. Our crawl space inspectors can identify mold, plumbing leaks, critters, and any potential for water intrusion. These are usually the most common culprits for causing those foul smells.
Trash & Left Behind Items
You’d be amazed at all the things that are found in a crawl space that could be causing you odors. Some contractors and builders treat the crawl space like a garbage can and they leave behind packs of cigarettes, soda cans, lunch, and many other items. Some of those items can cause some pretty funky smells that will rise up into your home as they begin to decompose or once they get wet.
Critters (Dead Or Alive) And Their Droppings
If live critters, bugs, and insects get down into your crawl space, that doesn’t always mean they’ll make it out alive. A dead rodent in your crawl space can cause a pretty foul smell that you will definitely notice inside your home. These critters also leave behind droppings and urine that can get into air vents and ductwork that can potentially make your family members sick.
This one is pretty powerful. If there is a sewage backup in your crawl space, you will definitely be smelling that inside your home.
Crawl Space Mold
There can be many different sources of moisture that can create the perfect breeding ground for mold. High humidity, moisture rising from the soil due to lack of a vapor barrier, water intrusion from foundation cracks or faulty drainage pipes, and leaky plumbing can all give you the necessary moisture in your crawl space for mold to grow.
And since a crawl space is usually out of sight and out of mind, this mold will continue to grow over time as moisture continues to accumulate.
If you have a musty smell inside your home, there’s a good chance you have a crawl space mold problem and the smell (and mold spores) are rising up into the main level of your home.
Whether you have a mold problem or an odor problem that you think is in your crawl space, we can help determine what’s going on and can come up with the best long term solution for your problem. Call Dog Gone Mold for all of your crawl space needs or concerns.