What Lies Beneath Your Home?

When was the last time you went into your crawlspace? Have you ever been down there? Truth be told, I don’t blame you for not wanting to be down there. The environment of the traditional crawlspace is not one that most people would want to spend any time in. Water and moisture seep in from the cold wet winters outside through open vents, evaporation from tears in the vapor barrier, high outdoor temperatures in the summer, or water left at construction,  and all of this evaporates up into the insulation causing it to sag and fall down. Falling insulation provides absolutely zero benefit and provides a channel for that wet air to travel up into your home. Up to 50% of the air on the first level of a home comes from that crawlspace. This air could be full of mold spores, allergens, and other potentially hazardous air pollutants. That is why having a crawl space inspection is so important to your families health and your homes well-being.

Many homeowners will say, “I looked at the pictures on your website and my space doesn’t look anything like that”. Or “My space just needs a few little things and I’d like to make it look nicer.  Well, we deal with that situation also. I’d like to clarify though. Just because it doesn’t look bad does not mean that you don’t have an issue. You don’t have to have water to have potential health concerns or structure damage. The true risks and issues with a crawlspace stem from the relative humidity being too high. The relative humidity in a dry crawlspace is between 70 to 80% year round. Mold begins to grow at a relative humidity of 60%

Muddy crawlspace

For some of you, there may be no water or moisture and you may just want the air and energy benefits that come with our products and services. Maybe you just want to transfer that damp dark space into a livable portion of the house, our systems ensure that as well. Our CleanSpace encapsulation system will save your roughly 30% in energy savings from heating and cooling. You will also see improved indoor air quality and many people report a significant decrease in cold and flu-like symptoms and allergies. Our crews work hard daily to help customers combat their water issues and provide reliable and affordable solutions to make that space better. We are a team of specialists dedicated to hard work, integrity, and doing everything we can for our customers.

With the years has come a great deal of trial and error, as well as costly mistakes. For example, if you seal one area water will find another way to get out, if you seal the floor without an outlet the pressure will lift the floor. If you wrap the vapor barrier around the posts the moisture will quickly rot out the foundational posts. Now 40 years in, we are experts in basement and crawlspace science and water control methods. Now is the best time to get your free inspection and have your work done before the rains hit the valley. Call our office today to schedule!



Humidity brings mold, mildew, and risks to your health and home

Our phones ring endlessly when the rains come. Homeowners with water leaking into their basement, invading their space or their duct work. In the spring the phones stay steady with reports that the home inspector said they have water in the crawlspace that needs corrected to sell the house. Yet once summer comes the calls wind down as things begin to dry out and the water issues are not so immediate or intrusive. Summer is when water and moisture issues can create the most damage though. Warm air means Condensation. This moisture then leads to mold, mildew and musty smells inside the home.
Humid 80 degree air outside the home (like we have had this last week), entering 55 degree crawlspaces through open vents creates problems for homeowners. The warm 80 degree air holds more moisture than the cooler 55 degree air inside the crawlspace does. When the warm air that enters is cooled in the crawl space and the relative humidity increases, condensation occurs. In effect, it’s raining in the crawlspace. Left unaddressed, within 48 hours mold begins to grow on the organic material in the crawlspace. The off-gasses of the growing mold produce musty, moldy odors that permeate up into the living space of the home. Most homeowners have no idea that this is even occurring below them. What they are aware is that these nasty smells are now in their home and they were not there when it was cooler inside.

This musty moldy insulation could be under your home
This musty moldy insulation could be under your home

It truly is the moisture not the water that creates the majority of health issues under the home. A SaniDry dehumidifier will eliminate this condensation and keep mold and mildew from growing. It would also be a prime time to get those water issues addressed before you are dealing with water in your home!!!