Crawl Space Hazards To Your Home and Health
If your home is built over an exposed crawl space, it is not a matter of “if” you will ever need to deal with any of these issues; it’s simply a matter of “when.”
An exposed crawl space becomes an ideal breeding place for mold, mildew, spores, rotting wood and a long list of highly destructive pests, such as termites, carpenter ants, mice, rats, dust mites and many other insects.
Additionally, the quality of air in a crawl space can become extremely hazardous to your health and that of your family.
This air is drawn up into your home by the normal current of air exchange. As the air in your home rises, it draws the crawl space air after it, much like a vacuum.
Crawl Space Venting
Thinking used to be that crawl space air vents would prevent the crawl space from becoming laden with excessive moisture. However experience has shown that this approach actually makes the crawl space extremely susceptible to damaging levels of high relative humidity.
The reality is that rather than let moisture out, these vents actually draw moisture into the crawl space as air currents move upward into the house. This vacuum effect traps the moisture in the crawl space and before long; a whole host of undesirable conditions ensue.
When combined with the moisture continually released into the crawl space from the soil, the relative humidity levels in a crawl space can become extremely high and remain that way for long periods of time, if not indefinitely.
Crawl Space Deterioration
As a result, wood rot begins and can lead to the gradual deterioration and collapse of the joists and support beams under the floors of your home.
Mold and mildew can begin to grow at an alarming rate, and even travel up the wall cavities of your home, contaminating your insulation, and leading to expensive repairs. Once inside your home, even while unseen, mold and mildew can cause serious and ongoing deterioration of the air quality within your home and lead to serious health conditions, chronic allergies and lung disease.
Termites, carpenter ants, dust mites, mice and other vermin find themselves right at home in these ideal conditions and begin their destructive task, undetected, right beneath your feet — multiplying and invading your home inch by inch!
Mildew Busters provides several highly effective Crawl Space Conditioning solutions.
Depending upon the climate, ground conditions and other factors surrounding your home, Mildew Busters will employ one or more of these solutions as needed.