The trained professionals at American Crawlspace Solutions can provide your home with Crawlspace Encapsulation services. A sealed crawlspace is a more energy-efficient alternative to the traditional wall-vented crawlspace. Other benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include improved indoor air quality, increased home value and appeal, energy efficiency, increased home value, and humidity control.
If your home was constructed on a crawlspace, chances are you have foundation vents in your foundation walls. Contrary to popular belief, instead of forcing humid air to exit the crawlspace, the vents allow the humid exterior air to have access to your basement. This leads to excess moisture beneath your home which leads, in turn, to fungus and musty odors in the crawlspace. Crawlspace vents need to be sealed to keep out unwanted humid air. Dirt crawlspaces should also be covered with a proper vapor barrier installed on the floor and exterior walls. This is called Crawlspace Encapsulation. An encapsulated crawlspace will perpetually manage humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
Warning Sign of a Damp Crawl Space:
- Uneven floors in the first floor of a house
- Musty and moldy odors emanating from the basement
- Unexplained health problems
- Insects and pests are colonizing the crawlspace
- Water standing around the footing of the home
Crawl Space Moisture Solutions
To further assist with excess moisture in the area beneath your home, we can also install an automated dehumidifier to remove humidity from the air. Dehumidifiers are a straightforward solution. By removing moisture and humidity, mold will not be able to grow in the area beneath your house. A low humidity crawlspace is a safe crawlspace.
The last thing you should do as a homeowner is ignore the warning signs of ongoing foundation and basement problems. Protect the value of your home by addressing and repairing all foundation and basement issues. Call us today for a free assessment and estimate.
Musty Odors from Crawlspace
Musty, moldy odors inside a home are indicative of a mold or mildew issue in the crawl space in your homes crawlspace or basement. Black mold is a fungus which are perfectly adapted to grow and spread in dark places which have excessive moisture, humidity, as well as wooden items for the fungus to grow on. If your basement or crawlspace was not originally properly outfitted to divert moisture in the ground around your home, your home could very well experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a fungus which grows on wooden supports and floor joists in your crawl space or basement. As the fungus reproduces, it shoots spores into the air. These spores will float into your home’s air. Engineers indicate that nearly 50% of the air in a home enters from the space beneath it. Thus most foundation repair companies feel it is critically crucial to address the problem promptly as mold is widely known to be the cause of many common health problems such as asthma issues, skin rashes, fatigue and headaches.
Warning signs of excess water and humidity in your home:
- Rotten wood joists
- Uneven floors
- The appearance of cracks in the interior drywall
- Sticky windows and doors
- Standing water in the basement or crawlspace
Ridding Your Crawl Space of Humidity
Our friendly and helpful team of experts can help you reduce the stress and anxiety of ongoing foundation problems with prompt, professional estimates and repair services. Call us today to schedule an appointment. For your safety and peace of mind, everything our American Crawlspace Solutions experts do is licensed, insured and guaranteed.
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