Your crawl space may be out of sight, but it shouldn’t be out of mind. Moisture and poor air quality in your crawl space may be negatively affecting you and your family. Warm air rises, and the air that rises in your home brings with it the air that was in your crawl space – including possible mold spores, unpleasant odors, and even radon gas. In fact, up to 40% of the air we breathe on the main floor of our homes comes from a basement or crawl space!
Typical crawl spaces are located underneath a home, and are most often designed with dirt floors, making them dangerous breeding grounds for moisture, mold, insects, and dust mites. Moisture can cause structural damage to your home’s wood framing, and it deteriorates some types of insulation. Poor air quality and allergens from mold spores and dust mites can cause health issues for you and your family, your guests and your pets.
Signs of excessive moisture within your crawl space are
- Musty odors
- Standing water or mud on the dirt floor after heavy rainfall
- Signs of rust or rot in the crawl space
- High radon levels
- Pest infestations
- Peeling paint on the home’s exterior
- Allergies, asthma, headaches, or respiratory discomfort
Thankfully, there is a way to prevent or eliminate these problems! Having a proper vapor barrier installed can help prevent excess moisture and its problems. Crawl space vapor barriers eliminate hundreds of gallons of ground water per year from seeping into your home by slowing or preventing the evaporation of moisture into the air.
Vapor barriers have other perks, too. By eliminating air flow from the ground, your main floor feels warmer in the winter, causing your energy bill to go down. They also significantly reduce radon and other harmful gas levels in the home.
Restoration King is your crawl space specialist. We can help you keep your crawl space dry and safe with waterproofing and vapor barrier installation. We can assist you with filing insurance claims and with mold remediation and removal. We can take care of all of your crawl space drainage, sealing, and odor abatement needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call Restoration King today at 719-282-0997 in Colorado Springs, or 720-469-6129 in Denver.