Fiberglass Insulation Can Lead To Crawl Space Mold in Springfield Missouri
With winter coming up, homeowners will be trying their best to keep the floors inside their home warm. Some believe that insulating the sub-floor in the crawl space is the answer to that cold air staying in the crawl space where it belongs. Although fiberglass insulation can be helpful in certain situations, this can also be quite dangerous in your crawl space.
If you have moisture in your crawl space, that fiberglass insulation will soak it up like a sponge and hold it against your sub-flooring and floor joists. This creates crawl space mold in Springfield Missouri. Not only can mold begin to grow on the wood, but it can grow in and on your insulation. Once you have mold in your crawl space that needs to be mitigated, all of the insulation must be removed and thrown away.
If you have taken all of the proper precautions to keep moisture out of your crawl space, then having fiberglass insulation in your crawl space is less risky. There is still some risk though. If you have a plumbing leak of any kind and there is insulation around the pipes, guess what gets wet? What comes after the insulation gets wet? Crawl space mold. Now we are back to having a crawl space mold mitigation needed and all of that insulation needing to be removed. Not to mention that the presence of the insulation around the pipes could hide the leak for some time.
If you are wanting to insulate your sub-flooring, you should check with a mold and moisture prevention professional before having it installed. You don’t want to waste your hard earned money on insulation, only to have it all removed and thrown away months later.
You also should look into having foam insulation applied instead of any kind of fiberglass insulation. The correct foam insulation can be much more effective than fiberglass insulation and will give you less worries when dealing with a high moisture area like a crawl space. You can even get foam insulation that is anti-microbial to help prevent mold growth on your insulation.
Here are some other steps you’ll want to make sure to take care of before insulating your crawl space:
- Make sure you have all potential plumbing issues addressed.
- Make sure to have a proper vapor barrier installed, to keep moisture coming from the soil from rising up to your sub floor.
- Have a professional mold inspection specialist assess your crawl space. Dog Gone Mold can point out any present, or potential future moisture issues, hopefully, before they become a major issue.
Although insulating the floors in your crawl space can have some benefits, there also some dangers to be aware of. Call the crawl space mold inspection professionals to assess your situation, before creating more problems than you solve with fiberglass insulation.