If you and your family are constantly experiencing symptoms of colds and allergies, there could be a problem in the crawlspace of your home. The quality of the air in the home is a direct reflection of the health of this area of your house. Below are five ways to keep your crawlspace in good condition.
Professionally Inspect the Crawlspace for Mold
Mold can be lurking in the cleanest of homes. It gains access through areas like the crawlspace. Nearly 90 percent of the air in the first floor of your home is brought in and up through this dark and often-moist area under the home. Mold spores will settle in darker, damp areas of your home and start multiplying. It is wise to have a professional inspect the crawlspace area of the home to look for signs of mold problems. You can have it removed right away.
Repair Plumbing Leaks and Water Drainage
Leaking water pipes, drain pipes and faulty drainage of rain water from the home can make the crawlspace a mess. This is especially true if the floor is dirt. Find areas of water intrusion and have them repaired, or properly diverted. Allow the area to dry completely and get with experts on how to keep the area moisture-free.
Place a Vapor Barrier
A well-placed vapor barrier is one way to stop the problems from moisture intrusion immediately. It is a sensible and affordable way to reduce the humidity in this space, which reduces energy use and the chance for mold growth. This process is quick and greatly improve the air you and your family breathe in the home. Another benefit to a vapor barrier is the reduction of deterioration in the materials that make up the foundation of your home.
There was not a lot of quality information available about the quality of air in a crawlspace in the design of older homes. Proper ventilation is necessary to maintain good air quality. Ventilation methods will have to be added in homes missing this important feature. This is generally an affordable project that will make a difference in humidity and moisture levels throughout the home.
Complete Crawlspace Encapsulation
Expert crawlspace encapsulation will eliminate the worry of moisture in this area of your home. This involves completely insulating the crawlspace on the bottom, top and sides. It has proven to be effective solution for homes that are located in high humidity areas.
Monitoring and maintaining the crawlspace of the home is an important part of keeping the air quality excellent and avoid premature aging of the materials of the home. Consider getting an expert inspection of this critical area done as soon as possible.