Some homes are more susceptible to taking in water in their basement or crawlspace. Homes that are built in regions with high rain counts and moist soil may be more prone to standing water problems. The good news is that there are several precautionary measures you can take. When examining the outside base of your home, be sure that the dirt slopes downward so that any water will flow away from your home. In the event that water settles around the base of your home, it could seep through and cause issues with mold, while also threatening the foundation. That [...]
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Mold can be the silent and unseen cause of many different problems within a home. In many cases, the mold usually originates from a moist crawlspace or basement. It can affect the actual home as well as its inhabitants. This reality has led to several important factors every homeowner should know as it could help them identify, treat and remove mold in the home. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS When you are looking for mold, it is a good idea to take safety precautions. That means refraining from touching any mold spores as gloves should be worn at all times. It is also [...]
When hot air meets cold air, condensation is created. Inside a crawlspace, that produces humidity which can cause an array of problems. However, it is not as if homeowners can take a simple look inside and immediately figure out the humidity level in all parts of their crawlspace. What they can do is identify any signs of condensation. Condensation is an indication that the humidity level has reached 100%. That means the air cannot hold any more moisture, which is why water starts to form condensation. Once that condensation appears, it is often followed by the growth of mold and [...]
Jeff from Carolina Crawl Space shows us a common problem found in crawl spaces in North Carolina, which is mold. North Carolina’s humidity creates the perfect environment for mold growth in unprotected crawl spaces but, that mold doesn’t just stay in a crawlspace. As the air continuously circulates throughout the entire home it carries mold spores with it. This means all home occupants are vulnerable to its potential health effects. If you are peeking in your crawlspace and notice anything similar to what Jeff is pointing out in this video then you may have a mold problem. It is important [...]
One of the many things any homeowner dreads when it comes to the condition of their home is a leaky basement. Not only a wet basement it difficult to detect (until it becomes obvious), it causes a lot of damage within a short time - think warped wood, huge cracks and lots of mold and extensive rotting. The problem, however, is that no matter what foundation you have used, or what the condition of your home is, these leaks are bound to occur one day or the other. It is imperative that you are able to detect the signs of [...]
Sealing off a crawl space is a smart move for homeowners as it provides a wealth of benefits. There are plenty of reasons for homeowners to go with this option and here is a look at how such an endeavor can work for you. ENERGY SAVINGS It comes down to dollars and cents. The bottom line is that it is easier to heat or cool a house that is dry because there is no lingering humidity to conflict with that task. As soon as a crawlspace is sealed, the energy savings will start to roll in and can total as [...]
The crawl space is usually the most-often ignored part of any house - it is, after all, a space that simply cannot be used for any purpose. What goes on in this place, however, can and does have a strong impact on your home and the health of its occupants. Once upon a time, houses were built by contractors and carpenters who used their own wisdom and expertise but little to no building science. These builders had the good idea to create a space, like a miniature basement, beneath houses that were large enough for a person to crawl through. [...]
No matter how big your home may be, there will always be room to say things like, "I wish we had more space," or "Where am I going to put this?" There comes a time when you've run out of practically every idea you could use to make more space in your home. All the places you could use have already been occupied. There is, however, one place you may still be able make use of - your crawlspace. While the crawl space is not considered as a multifunctional (what with all the potential mold, insects, rodents and moisture), it [...]
When we generally think about unwelcome intruders in our home, we think of pests and pest infestations. What we forget to remember is an unsealed crawlspace, which can host a variety of unwelcome living creatures, from pests and rodents to stray (or even wild) animals! There are several reasons as to why an unsealed crawlspace acts as a welcome ground for such pests and animals: Easy Access: Crawlspaces are easy to climb into, and can be accessed by pests and animals in a variety of ways - from wall cracks, dirt floors and vents and many more Moisture and warmth: [...]
There is a long list of issues that can create problems in your crawlspace and one of the most common is humidity. Those who live in areas where the humidity exceeds 55%, there is a higher chance that mold spores and dust mites will be more active. Mold spores will grow in great abundance if the conditions are right. In order for mold spores to form and grow, they need to have water. When air has a humidity level that surpasses 70%, there is enough moisture to enable mold spores to grow. Another sign of trouble with humidity comes in [...]