Why Should You Consider an Exhaust Fan for Your Crawl Space?

by Allied / Thursday, 15 September 2016 / Published in Mold Remediation

Crawl Space Fans: a Solution for the War on Mold

You probably cringe at the thought of mold growing in your home, because it can be problematic for your woodwork and other parts of your home if they are affected. It probably also seems like it could be difficult to remove. But are you also familiar with the health dangers it can pose? Read on to learn more about the health problems that can result if mold is present in your home.

Then, if you decide it’s best to take a proactive approach to prevent mold from growing in your home, learn about one particular type of mold remediation in Montana that might benefit your home: installation of a crawl space exhaust fan.

Health problems caused by mold

  • Allergic reactions: Because molds produce allergens, those who are allergy-prone may experience allergic reactions from touching or inhaling mold or its spores. These allergic reactions may take the form of sneezing, red eyes, a skin rash or a runny nose.
  • Asthma attacks: Mold can also trigger asthma attacks in those who have asthma and are allergic to mold.
  • Irritations: People who are both allergic and not allergic to mold may experience irritated eyes, nose, throat, lungs or skin.

Common sites for mold growth

Potential locations for mold to hide include:

  • Inside ductwork
  • Roof materials above ceiling tiles (if the roof leaks or it is improperly insulated)
  • Walls around pipes that are experiencing leaking or condensation
  • Walls behind furniture
  • Behind dry wall, wallpaper or paneling

Benefits of an exhaust fan for your crawl space

One way to reduce the chances of hidden mold developing in your home is to hire a professional to install an exhaust fan in your crawl space.

If you have mold in your crawl space, it is likely a result of moisture stemming from ground evaporation that can then enter other parts of your home via cracks in the floor. However, an exhaust fan will remove this moisture, as well as replace it with fresh, dry air from outside your home.

As an additional benefit, the ventilation from an exhaust fan in this area of your home will aid in removing intense odors and radon gas (which is highly dangerous) from the crawl space.

If you decide to have an exhaust fan installed in your crawl space, there are several types of fans you might consider. They include:

  • Portable fans: This type of exhaust fan brings air to difficult-to-reach spots in the crawl space to provide a stream of air with an effective cross-flow.
  • Shutter fans: These remove moisture, radon and odors from the crawl space while pulling in fresh air from outside your home. They feature shutters that swing open when the fan comes on, and that close when the fan is no longer on.
  • Door-mounted fans: These perform the same functions as non-door-mounted shutter fans, but are placed in the door of your crawl space. They are easy to install and provide clear access to the crawl space itself.

Ready to work with a professional?

To find out more about installing an exhaust fan in your crawl space, contact the experts at Allied 24/7 Property Restoration. We are the most experienced home damage restoration company in the local area and are committed to providing you with high-quality mold remediation in Montana to help keep your home safe.

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