Water under house
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#1 Jun 26, 2013
Does anyone know of anyone I can get to fix crawl space under house. It has been sitting for a few years and has got some water standing and mold issues. I need someone that can dig perimeter, install the drain lines and fix the mold issue and put down moisture barrier.
I want someone that has experience with this and can do it right not a handyman looking for a quick dollar.
Thanks for any recommendations.
#3 Jun 27, 2013
I bought a home and just went through the same thing i would say that it is the with mold that is all through the south,you will see all kinds of ways too get rid of the mold(vinegar,bleach,plus a whole lot more)the beat thing is con-bleach the stuff they use on decks and such the bleach you use on your clothes will not kill the mold deep down in the wood and will grow back but the concentrated bleach will kill it that is what the companys that charge a arm and leg use they will say they dont but i have a buddy that owns a company in cincinnati that is bonded that does clean up work and when he went too school for mold treatment this is what they showed him i used the little trick last summer and checked under my house today and it has not returned and iam here too tell ya that was better than paying $1500 that a local corbin company wanted too charge me,i did it myself for $100 plus adding a sump pump my problem is solved..good luck.
#4 Jun 28, 2013
Thank you for the information, I appreciate it.
#5 Jun 29, 2013
Bleach wont stop mold from coming back. Actually I doubt there is anything on the market that actually stops it from coming back eventually if you dont stop the source of the moisture.
Get rid of the moisture first. Make sure you have no more water intrusion, Use some type of mold remediation product. You can use bleach for this but dishwashing liquid or just about any kind of cleaning solution will work since you still have to scrub the mold off the affected surface. Make sure the active mold is wet before you start scrubbing. Dry mold releases millions of spores. Breathing those in can cause health problems for some people.
After you stop the moisture, scrub the mold off and apply the antifungals then put down an appropriate vapor barrier your mold issues should go away.
Lowes sells a product called Concrobium for mold prevention. Its made by the same company that manufactures MicroBan. It does kill mold but it wont stop it from coming back.
The IICRC writes mold remediation protocol for the insurance industry and for mold remediation contractors. Insured remediation contractors have to follow those guidelines or face a lawsuit every time they go out on a mold claim.
I have the revised edition of Professional Mold Remediation from the IICRC if any of you all would like to read it.
I can only assume my admirer in Williamsburg will get on here and post some derogatory negatives about my post but every word is true. Mold can and will destroy your buildings if not addressed properly. It only takes one viable mold spore to recontaminate any given area. The key to success is to stop the water from getting into the crawl space. The rest is fairly easy but please remember to wear reliable eye protection when applying any kind of antimicrobials.
I hope this helps anyone out there with excessive moisture under a house. If you still have questions about mold remediation put them on here. I will try to answer them for you and it wont cost you one penny.
#6 Jun 29, 2013
Thank you for the information. Someone else told me they use "shock" that is used in pools to kill mold. I agree on the water problem, I have to get rid of it. The way the property drains, the water just runs under the end of the house and sits.
I'm guessing I will have to dig a trench around the perimeter and install drain lines to route it away.
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