Is Your Crawlspace Environmentally Healthy?
An exposed crawlspace has been linked to serious health hazards.
Radon, mold, mildew, musty odors, insects, rodents, high humidity levels, poor insulation, standing water, corroding ventilation, rotting floor joists, and cold floors are some of the health hazards and problems associated with an unfinished crawlspace.
EPA states: "Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell, or taste. It's presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims more than 20,000 lives annually.
Mold spores will certainly irritate someone with allergies. The number one allergen, however, is the fecal matter of dust mites. Dust mites don't drink water, but absorb it out of the air through their skin. In order to live, dust mites need relative humidity over 50%. Reducing the relative humidity below 50% will cause dust mites to die off.
Odors are common to crawlspaces because of the cool environment. Mold thrives in damp environments. Sealing a crawlspace is the best solution to lower the relative humidity and this prevents mold growth.
A dirt crawlspace will distress you and your entire house. To make your home healthier, cleaner, and more energy-efficient, your crawlspace needs to be encapsulated - separated from the earth and sealed from outside air.
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