Examination of crawl spaces is essential when considering the overall health of a home. For homes built on a crawl space, studies show up to 50% of the air you breathe in your home actually comes from the crawl space. When poorly constructed, and particularly when moisture problems exist, they can create a disaster for your home's Indoor Air Quality and even compromise the structural integrity of the home.
Moisture is the greatest enemy to any home. Because crawl spaces so commonly have moisture problems, these spaces become a breeding ground for mold (not to mention pests and rodents). Crawl spaces have been incorrectly built for decades. Venting crawl spaces in a hot humid climate is a bad idea; this allows moisture laden air to enter the crawl space preventing you from managing moisture within the home.
The proper solution is to seal the crawl space, AKA Crawl Space Encapsulation. When kept sealed and maintained properly, a homeowner can more effectively:
Below are some of the common signs of how a crawl space problem can affect your home.
We perform a thorough inspection of the crawl space for mold and any signs of excess moisture or water damage to structural components in the crawl space.
Prior to sealing the crawl space, all mold must be remediated. All excess moisture must also be collected and removed from the crawl space.
We install a high quality vapor barrier to seal the crawl space and prevent moisture in the Earth from rising up and making contact with the underside of the home.
In the humid climate of the Southeast, we recommend all crawl space vents be sealed to keep humid air out.
In very humid areas, such as the Southeastern United States, it may be necessary to add a permanent dehumidifier in the crawl space to manage moisture.
In situations where there is water pooling in a crawl space, a sump pump drainage system is recommended to collect the water and pump it out.
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Mold is a microscopic fungus that is part of the natural environment. Mold is all around us, indoors and outdoors. It is a necessary part of our ecosystem. While mold is necessary in the outdoor world, too much mold inside a structure can be dangerous and unsanitary. Mold reproduces through spores that float freely in the air. Once these spores land on a moist surface in the right conditions, mold will begin to grow.