The importance of a Healthy Crawl Space
Not many people realize that the crawl space has such a big affect on you and your home. It has a large affect to the health and energy efficiency of your home. The crawl space is actually one of the most important areas, but most people only think about it a couple times a year if the moldy and musty smell returns. More than half of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home is from the crawl space or the basement. This is why it is so important to have a healthy crawl space. When your crawl space is humid, the air is full of mold, dust mites, fungi, and other allergens that can cause asthma and other repiratory problems. There are some cases that the air from the crawl space can be so intoxicated with poisons, that it can sometimes cause death. This is a very serious situation, that needs to be taken care of. A healthy crawl space can lead to a healthy life.
The affect of a unhealthy crawl space on your home can be very large. Mold and fungi can be large factors of an unhealthy crawl space. They need to main things to grow; humidity levels above 50% and an organic food source. A lot of the times, the wood framing under the first floor is perfect food. It then begins to rot the wood and make the floors soft and creaky. The mold and fungi can also rise in the air and damage other organic materials in the house. The moisture built up in a damp crawl space can also damage mechanicals that are installed in the crawl space; furnaces, water heaters, electrical supplies, etc. They start to rust and it can greatly reduce the life span.
Not only can a damp unhealthy crawl space destroy your floor and mechanicals, it creates a nesting place for pests. Insects, rodents, spiders and other pests love to stay in that kind of an environment. Since the crawl space is usually undisturbed it is a safe home for the pests. They can further damage the wood in the house as contribute more to the unhealthy air flow throughout the home.
A healthy crawl space can also save you a lot of money. An unsealed, non-insulated, and drafty crawl space leads to higher energy cost throughout the year. For crawl space repair Alabama services, contact Grout Tech today to help you out. We are glad to be of service.