Did you know that 7 million deaths per year are linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution? Even if you can’t immediately see it, crawl space issues such as mold or pest infestations can adversely impact the quality of the air inside your home and the foundation of your home.
The crawl space in your home serves as a breeding ground for vermin and mold spores. However, you can rest assured that your crawl space and home will remain safe and healthy with the proper maintenance and repairs. Keeping your crawl space clean is attainable with the right crawl space service partner. With help from the Crawlspace Doctor, you can get your home back on track.
Here are common reasons you may need to undergo crawl space repairs:
- Excess Moisture Buildup
- Insulation & Temperature Issues
- Pest Control
- Debris Excess
Excess Moisture Buildup
Despite the fact that moisture in your crawlspace may seem harmless, it can seriously damage your home’s foundation. Mold can grow in your home as moisture increases, resulting in damage, allergies, and an unhealthy environment. One of the most important steps in protecting your environment involves a crawl space’s ability to control moisture.
It is important that your gutters and sidewalks divert water away from your house and your crawl space. With the help of curtain drains, you can keep your crawl space dry. In the crawl space of your home, if you have a lot of moisture problems, a sump pump can also be implemented to prevent further flooding. You may spend a lot on crawl space repairs if you do not include these solutions in your crawl space maintenance.
Insulation & Temperature Issues
It is essential to have proper crawl space insulation if you want to maintain maximum crawl space health and efficiency. Whether it’s hot in the summer or freezing in the winter, the right insulation can help you maintain the right temperature in your home. Different insulation types are available that can be used for different applications.
Adding insulation to your crawl space will allow your home to maintain a healthy indoor climate all year long. Make sure the vents at the foundation of your home are not blocked, as this would reduce airflow. The experts here at Crawlspace Doctor can determine whether or not you need insulation in your crawl space, and which type to use.
An abundance of pests is also a type of crawl space issue that will likely require repair services. Taking care of your crawl space can prevent pests from getting into your home and damaging the structural integrity. Keep mice and insects out of your crawl space by preventing them from chewing through insulation, wires, and wood. Keeping them out will be a lot easier if moisture is reduced, but you should seal any cracks in the walls that might allow them back in, or into your house.
In spite of your best efforts to keep pests away, you should keep your crawl space well ventilated. With ventilation in mind, water vapor barriers can be an excellent solution to keep pests out while allowing air to flow. Devices such as these must be sealed properly and be used in conjunction with techniques to remove moisture. Installing a vapor barrier in your crawlspace can help keep it clean and dry.
When you’ve looked in your home’s crawl space, you may have noticed random pieces of building material. After a house has been built or repaired, the crawl space is often filled with unused materials.
Thus, if your crawl space is not sealed properly, leaves, dirt, and other natural materials may seep under the house. Debris like this can attract pests and clog your crawlspace. The best way to improve air quality in your home is to reduce moisture in your crawl space and regularly remove debris and pests. Save yourself the time and effort by having your crawlspace treated by the Crawlspace Doctor.
Contact the Crawlspace Doctor
Your crawl space is essentially the foundation of your entire home. If this environment is contaminated with mold and excess moisture, you’re going to begin to see those aspects negatively affect the health of your entire home.
As a large portion of the air you breathe in your home comes directly from your crawl space, if the air in the lower portion of your home is unhealthy, it will negatively impact the air in the living space as well.
A moisture and temperature controlled crawl space environment will reduce these negative effects on both the air quality and support structures of your home. Mitigating and removing water intrusion can help to benefit the health of your home and your family.
Crawlspace Doctor serves a variety of areas in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Indiana. We know what needs to be done to make sure your crawl space is an asset and not a liability.