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  1. The Importance of Crawl Space Encapsulation

    50% of the air in your home comes from your crawl space.

    It’s true, half of the air you’re breathing in your home is rising from the crawl space beneath your house. Most people are unaware of just how significant it is to the rest of their home, but as it turns out, a moist, moldy crawl space that is left unsealed can bring allergens, radon, mold and more into your home.

    Not convinced that your crawl space can be a danger?

    Let’s pose it as a question. Of the images below, which would you prefer to have under your house? Consider maybe kids or pets running around on the floor, or playing near vents.

    crawl space 1

    crawl space 2

    It’s likely that you preferred the sealed crawl space to the unsealed one. Even if you’re not quite convinced that an unsealed crawl space is harmful, you wouldn’t risk your family’s health for certainty. And that is precisely the point. Encapsulating your crawl space should not come after your kids develop allergies or you yourself develop a cold. It’s a prevention method to ensure that your family stays healthy for years to come.

    When a homeowner finds signs of mold in their home and an inspection shows mold in their crawl space, it makes sense to remove that mold.

    But how do you ensure that the mold does not return?

    You eliminate areas of moisture. The most certain way of eliminating moisture is by separating the crawl space from the earth and keeping out the weather…encapsulation. This will protect your crawl space and ultimately, protect your home.

    More benefits of encapsulating your crawl space.

  2. Reasons to Hate Moisture

    Excessive rain this winter means leftover moisture will cause issues in homes as we transition to spring and summer. There are a number of reasons to hate moisture in the home. Moisture in homes can damage walls, cause wood rot, and lead to the development of harmful mold.

    There are a number of ways in which a home can be exposed to moisture. Excessive rainfall and poor drainage can lead to ponding of water in vented crawlspaces. Otherwise, moisture will develop in and around basements, plumbing pipes, ductwork, shower stalls, under sinks, and anywhere condensation is likely to form.

    Moisture Can Lead to Mold

    moldMold is one of the main reasons to hate moisture. Molds are fungal species that spread and thrive in moist conditions. Mold development in the home poses health concerns for families, especially those with allergies and/or asthma. There are a number of reasons to hate mold:

    • Mold is very difficult to remove. Even if all visible mold is removed, invisible spores can survive and lead to its redevelopment.
    • Mold stinks. Mold often has a musty odor, similar to that of a wet dog.
    • Mold is bad for your health. The most common health effects of the presence of mold are allergies. Symptoms of mold allergies are similar to the common cold: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, etc. Furthermore, mold can exasperate asthma and lead to the development of more serious health conditions.

    Other Reasons to Hate Moisture

    Besides mold, there are a number of other reasons to hate moisture in the home:

    1. All American Heating and Air says, moisture and humidity are the enemies of home comfort. Besides the feeling of dampness in your home, humidity causes your HVAC system to work harder to cool the air, which leads to higher energy bills.
    2. Excess moisture can cause wood surfaces to become deformed and warped. Water damage can lead to wood rot, which threatens the structural integrity of a home.
    3. Moisture can lead to the cracked and peeling paint and wall paper.

     

    sealed-crawlspace-captionOur friends at New Light Electrical and Plumbing write that the best way to prevent the development of moisture and mold in your home’s crawlspace is to have it sealed and dehumidified.

    If you suspect there is excess moisture in your home, water damage, or harmful mold, give us a call today. We are here to help.

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