Mold and Moisture
Your crawl space can be the greatest source of moisture and resultant mold, mildew and dust mites in your home. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and countless scientific studies all agree: the key to mold control is moisture control.
If your home smells musty or someone in your household has sinus or breathing problems, the crawl space could be the reason. An unconditioned or leaky crawl space can potentially bring gallons of water into your home every day in the form of water vapor. Mold and dust mites flourish in such a humid environment.
Mold is present in every home, as well as outdoors, but without moisture it cannot grow to harmful levels. The U.S. EPA states: “Molds are usually not a problem unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and potentially toxic substances. The key to mold control is moisture control.” “The mold will not grow if moisture is not present.” (Source: EPA “A Brief Guide to Mold, Mildew and Your Home,” publication #402-K-02-003.)
A dirt/stone crawl space is by far the #1 source of moisture in any home. HomeSpec BasementFix’s EcoSeal Encapsulation System will eliminate this source of moisture and rid your home of musty smells from mold and mildew.
Dust Mites…A Trigger for Asthma Attacks
Mites are microscopic animals that thrive on dead human skin cells in bedding, carpeting, and upholstery. Dust mites leave behind fecal matter and disintegrating body parts measuring 10 to 24 microns in size (the diameter of a strand of human hair is 80 to 100 microns) – a powerful allergen when inhaled.
But like mold, dust mites must have moisture to survive. They do not drink water, but absorb moisture from the air. They cannot live in low humidity conditions but thrive in high humidity conditions.
Your main weapon against dust mites is to eliminate the sources of moisture. The EcoSeal Encapsulation System will permanently seal out moisture from the crawl space, by far the #1 source of moisture entry in any home.
At HomeSpec BasementFix, we are professional installers of our EcoSeal Crawl Space Encapsulation System. This system conditions your crawl space and, since it won’t rot or decay, provides a lasting seal against moisture. Our Encapsulation System includes floor liners, insulating blanket, radiant barrier and batt insulation, to create a safe and healthy environment in the hidden room under your house: your crawl space.
Contact the Crawl Space Experts
A crawl space project is only as good as the company who provides it and team who installs it, and HomeSpec BasementFix has the best of the best for products, installation and service. For over two decades, we have gained the experience and trained our in-house crews to handle the toughest crawl spaces. Our commitment to exceptional quality has earned us the Angie’s List “Super Service Award” for many years, along with numerous awards from HomeAdvisor and inclusion as one of Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 remodeling companies.
As a BBB-accredited business, we’ve met the needs of thousands of homeowners throughout the Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, and Toledo areas—and it would be our pleasure to help you next!
To learn more about crawl space encapsulation for dust and mold control, simply call HomeSpec BasementFix today or fill out our online form now. We’ll be happy to schedule a free consultation and in-home cost estimate.