Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Jaymi Lambert
Crawl spaces are pretty common throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Unfortunately, so are crawl space problems. Most homeowners don’t use their crawl space for anything, so it becomes easy to forget the space exists at all. But neglecting your crawl space can lead to problems you may not have considered. Here’s what you need to know, and what we can do to help.
Your Crawl Space Could Lead to Property Damage
It’s true – one major problem of crawl spaces left to their own devices is that they tend to have moisture issues. This moisture leads to the growth and spread of mold which, down the line, can lead to significant damage to your property. Moisture and mold cause organic materials – like your wooden floor joists – to rot.
Not only will you have to deal with a wet, moldy crawl space, but you’ll also have to shell out extra money to repair your damaged infrastructure. The losses will be even greater if you don’t discover the problem until you try to sell your home – just imagine prospective buyers walking away when they realize the repairs they’d have to make. The bottom line: if your crawl space isn’t protected, neither is your home’s structural integrity.
Your Crawl Space Can Lead to Worse Allergy and Asthma Symptoms
If you have allergies or a respiratory problem like asthma, you’ll want to make sure your crawl space is protected. An unprotected crawl space can lead to both mold – as we discussed above – and dust mites. The humid conditions of unprotected crawl spaces make them the perfect environment for dust mites to breed. Millions of dust mites – their remains, their exoskeletons, their waste – piling up in your crawl space? You’ll end up breathing that air, and it’s going to make allergies and breathing problems that much worse. Your best bet is to clean up your crawl space, once and for all.
Picture: Example of Moldy Crawl Space
Your Crawl Space Could Be Wasting Your Money
Moist air from your crawl space is likely entering your home through tiny cracks and gaps in your floor. This can lead to your home energy system working harder to condition your air, causing your home energy bills to be more expensive. Doing some work on your crawl space can eliminate the problem and save you money in the long run.
All this talk about what could be wrong with your crawl space leads to the question: what can you do to fix it? Easy! Innovative Basement Authority offers a range of products that will put your crawl space back on track. Our CrawlSeal vapor barrier is an ideal crawl space encapsulation solution: it’ll provide a barrier between your space and the elements, protecting it from moisture, mold, and dust mites. And if that isn’t enough, our high-efficiency dehumidifier will make sure no moisture lingers.
When you neglect your crawl space, you’re neglecting the overall comfort and stability of your home. Choosing Innovative Basement Authority to completely encapsulate your crawl space is a great way to make sure you save money, protect your family from allergens, and preserve the structural integrity of your home. Call today to schedule your free estimate with one of our crawl space experts!
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