Most people don’t give their crawlspace enough attention. After all, to most homeowners, it seems pretty useless. It doesn’t offer any usable living space. It’s just something that’s there. But in actuality, the crawlspace does have two important roles in your home. First and foremost, a crawlspace is there to promote air circulation through the home. Secondly, it allows you to access your plumbing. Crawlspace waterproofing and encapsulation are both ways to ensure that your crawlspace is healthy. Encapsulation entails placing a vapor barrier that prevents harmful gases from escaping the crawlspace and entering the home. Now, it’s time to learn why a healthy crawlspace matters.
Your health and the health of your family
As mentioned above, the primary purpose of your crawlspace is to promote air circulation. The air from your crawlspace rises. Therefore, if the air in the space is unhealthy, you run the risk of that unhealthy spreading through your home. When the air in your crawlspace is unhealthy, the following can build to dangerous levels.
- Radon – This is a gas that occurs naturally. It does not have a smell, and you can’t see it. However, this gas is very dangerous and can cause lung cancer.
You don’t want air with any of the above spreading through your home.
Humans won’t enjoy an unhealthy crawlspace but some pests will be thrilled to take up residence in the space. Rats, mice, snakes, termites, and spiders enjoy the dark, wet space. They will thrive in this environment. In addition to the unpleasant thought of having these pests living under your home, there is another concern. Rodent droppings can cause health problems.
Other potential problems
There are a number of other problems that your crawlspace can cause. Your foundation could be damaged due to the water and moisture. Your belongings could end up covered in mold. The sheetrock in your home could also be damaged.
As you can see, your crawlspace is very important and it is something that deserves some consideration. Making sure that your crawlspace is healthy is one way to ensure that your home is healthy. An unhealthy crawlspace can lead to a lot of damage and health issues. Make sure that you have your space checked out and professionally taken care of by a company that is skilled in this type of work.
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