Why Your Crawl Space Needs Inspecting & Cleaning
Many crawl spaces in Wilmington, NC and surrounding regions still have dirt floors. Yes, dirt! The space and the structure are subject to a considerable amount of moisture, whether the space is ventilated or not. And since many these spaces often aren’t even insulated, they experience wild temperature swings.
Once you have moisture in your crawl space, the insulation and wood become much like a sponge absorbing water. The insulation becomes heavy, falls, and your house can lose as much as 50% of the insulation’s initial “R” value. This can lead to higher heating and cooling bills. The wet insulation holds moisture against the wood which stimulates the growth of mold.
Once the Wood Moisture Content (WMC) reaches 28%, the result is wood-destroying fungus, or mold, which will destroy the structural integrity of the wood. This will cause buckling, sagging floors, doors sticking, cracking, and separating walls.
Humid air outside the crawl space enters the crawl space through the foundation vents and meets the cold, dry air inside the air ducts. This causes the air ducts to “sweat” creating condensation which stimulates mold growth and deterioration of the integrity of the wood as well.
Studies show that as much as 30% of the air you breathe inside your home is exchanged with the crawl space. The mold in the crawl space is carried through the heating and air conditioning system where it grows on the coil, blower motor, inside the air ducts. This can lead to asthma, allergies, nausea, headaches and migraines, sinus problems, respiratory issues, and eye irritation. This can be an issue in business and office spaces as well as homes.
This combination of warm and wet causes wood damage, mold, insect infestation, allergens, and high energy bills. Crawl spaces need to be stopped!
Consider a Crawl Space or Basement Encapsulation
Encapsulating a crawl space or basement may sound scary, but this process simply ensures that moisture can’t travel up from these areas and into your living spaces. For basements, we’ll cover the foundation walls, floor, and every other surface with a 6-mil to 20-mil polyethylene vapor barrier and encapsulation depending on circumstances. For crawl spaces, we seal off crawl space vents, covering all dirt and concrete surfaces. Lastly, we install an energy-efficient crawlspace dehumidifier. This unique process may involve more or less work depending on the severity of moisture infiltration, but it’s very important to ensure the livability of your home. Have one of our qualified professionals examine your home and better explain this unique process. Contact Advanced Air Solutions today by calling us for a FREE estimate at 910-791-7888 today!