Because of the damp environment, mold can cultivate easily in a crawl space. Spotty, black mold on wood, paper, or other such material are all evidence of mold contamination. Molds create allergens and irritants; in extreme cases, it can also potentially produce toxic substances. Because the crawl space shares the air with a home, spores can be inhaled and cause allergic reactions. If a crawl space has more than 30 square feet, experts like Bloom Crawl Space Services are necessary.
Pests, such as rats and mice, prefer environments crawl spaces create. Signs of rodent infestations include found droppings, puddles of urine, and the sound of scratching in the walls at bedtime. Rodents carry the pathogen to the hantavirus that can be spread through urine and feces. Because of the lack of UV radiation in crawl spaces, the pathogen is able to thrive and may lead to the Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome (HCS), which has no known cure, vaccine or treatment. Symptoms include headaches, fever, difficulty breathing, and possible death. Opossums also make homes out of crawl spaces, and carry potentially fatal diseases. Professionals trained to handle these hazards would help protect your family from exposure.
Asbestos pipes that have been disturbed, damaged or deteriorated can cause the asbestos to fall on the floor. These microscopic fibers can become airborne, and prolonged exposure can cause mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest and abdominal cavity, as well as asbestosis, or scarring of the fibrous tissues of the lungs. Signs of disturbed pipes can only be seen, so it’s best to have experienced professionals do maintenance estimate.