Battling Crawl Space Moisture in MI
The problem with a dirt or concrete crawl spaces is that as warm air rises in your home, it brings up with it the air that was previously in your crawl space, including moisture and mold spores, as well as anything else that may be airborne. Consequently, whatever is in the air at the lowest point eventually flows up into the living sections. Up to 40% of the air we breathe on the first floor of our home comes from the crawl space.
Moisture ruins houses by providing a hospitable environment for the growth of mold, fungi, and insects that destroy wood framing. Crawl space moisture and the mold and mildew that thrive in this environment, affect not only the floor system directly above, but also the entire house.
It's the moisture that leads to mold growth, musty odors, and structural damage, not to mention that insects and critters love moist environments and energy costs are higher.
Properly sealing the crawlspace and removing the moisture from the ground and air is part of the solution that helps provide a mold-free, radon-free, and insect-free environment, which leads to a more energy-efficient and healthier home.
To avoid moisture's negative affects, a crawlspace should be completely sealed and isolated from the ground and the humid outside air.
Just remember that your crawlspace, although often neglected until it's too late, is one of the most important spaces in your home. It can be a spawning ground for mold, bugs, embarrassing odors, and even radon gas. The moisture generated in the crawlspace will lead to structural damage and higher energy costs! On the other hand, a clean, sealed crawlspace can be an extra source for much needed storage while making your home more energy efficient, healthy, and safe for your family.
Contact us today and we’ll discuss how we can help you into a healthier life by having a dry, clean crawl space.