You probably don’t give much thought to what’s beneath your floors, but your crawlspace serves an important purpose as the foundation for your home. It promotes air circulation and offers easy access to your plumbing, electrical wiring, and HVAC system. Crawlspaces do require maintenance, and Advanced Air Solutions offers crawlspace services to protect the integrity of your home.
Why Your Crawlspace Needs Inspecting and Cleaning
Many crawlspaces in Wilmington and the surrounding areas 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. Since many of these spaces aren’t insulated, they experience wild temperature swings.
Once moisture enters the crawlspace, insulation and wood become much like a sponge absorbing water. The insulation becomes heavy, falls, and your house can lose as much as half the insulation’s initial “R” value. This can lead to higher heating and cooling bills. The wet insulation holds moisture against the wood, stimulating the growth of mold. When the wood moisture content gets high enough, mold can destroy the structural integrity of the wood. This can cause buckling, sagging floors, doors sticking, cracking, and separating walls.
Humid air outside the crawlspace enters the space through the foundation vents and meets the cold, dry air inside the air ducts. This causes the air ducts to “sweat,” creating condensation that stimulates mold growth and deteriorates wood. It can also lead to insect infestations, high energy bills, and health problems.
Much of the air you breathe inside your home is exchanged with the crawlspace. Thus, mold in the crawlspace is carried through the HVAC system, where it grows on the coil, blower motor, and inside the air ducts. As a result of poor indoor air quality, your family could experience allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, nausea, headaches, sinus problems, eye irritation, and other symptoms.
Consider a Crawlspace or Basement Encapsulation
To minimize these effects on your home and family, consider a crawlspace encapsulation. It may sound scary, but encapsulating a crawlspace or basement simply ensures that moisture can’t travel from these areas into your living spaces. To encapsulate basements, we cover the foundation walls, floor, and every other surface with a polyethylene vapor barrier and encapsulation. For crawlspaces, we seal off vents and cover all dirt and concrete surfaces before installing an energy-efficient crawlspace dehumidifier. The amount of work needed depends on the severity of moisture infiltration, but the encapsulation process will help everyone live and breathe happily in your home.
Advanced Air Solutions has been trusted by Wilmington homeowners for crawlspace, HVAC, and indoor air quality services for over 25 years. Call us today at (910) 791-7888 for a free estimate on crawlspace services!