The crawl space of a home is an area that most homeowners (hopefully) don't have to worry too much about. But a crawl space with moisture issues can be a major health hazard to anyone inside the house. Crawl spaces with moisture and leaks in them can lead to health hazards such as exposure to radon, methane, rodents, and insects. The polluted airflow from these crawl spaces must be dealt with and crawl space waterproofing can help.
By waterproofing your crawl space, you keep your family healthy and prevent serious issues.
Examine your crawl space to determine if it needs to be waterproofed. A buildup of moisture or moist soil are warning signs of potential issues. Better yet, enlist the help of 1-800-Busy Dog Basement Technologies to get the job done right.
Some of the issues that can be resolved or prevented by waterproofing your crawl space include:
- Wet insulation
- Foundational damage
- Poor air quality
- Mildew/musty smell in basement
- High cooling costs
- Insect and/or rodent problems
Moisture can also be an invitation for insects to take up residence in your crawl space. With increased insect activity, rodents are likely to find their way inside the crawlspace. Dead rodents can also pollute the air quality of the home.
Many homeowners don't know that much of the air they breathe is circulated through the crawl space. Issues with the crawl space can seriously affect overall household air quality. The effects can be particularly bothersome for children with allergies.
To waterproof your crawl space, a professional will encapsulate the crawlspace with a polyethylene barrier. This barrier will cover the dirt floor and run up the wall. The barrier will also be sealed. A professional will then use an industrial grade dehumidifier to control the humidity level. The crawl space will also need air exchange. By exchanging warmer air from upstairs the crawl space will be kept at a proper level of humidity.
There are systems designed to draw moisture up from under the encapsulated area. These systems will draw moisture out of the soil, preventing it from seeping into the crawl space
To speak with a professional about a free crawl space assessment and estimate, contact 1-800-Busy Dog Basement Technologies at (800) 287-9364.