Musty Odors in Crawl Spaces
If a home doesn’t have a basement, then it likely has one of these spaces underneath it. When it is not sealed off from the outside environment, or if a waterproofing system is not installed, moisture and humidity can cause a lot of problems. It can flood whenever it rains, or when there is melting snow on the lawn. Wood inside on supports and floor joists can start to rot and become ruined. All of this rotting wood is very attractive to unwanted pests, as well. The moisture can also lead to the growth of dangerous mold, which could make someone very sick, and it has been known to cause many different health problems, including: asthma attacks, skin rashes, fatigue, headaches, eye irritation, and cold/flu-like symptoms.
Musty odors inside a home are an indication of a mold or mildew colony growing in the crawl space below the floor. Mold and mildew are fungi which are perfected adapted to grow and spread in environments which have excessive moisture, humidity, as well as wooden materials for the fungus to feed and grow on. If your basement or crawlspace was not originally properly prepared to deflect moisture in the dirt and soil, then your house could very well experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a known health risk fungus which colonizes wooden supports and floor joists in your crawl space or basement. As mold spreads, it shoots spores into the air. These spores spread into your home’s air. Studies indicate that nearly half of the air in your home originates from the space below it. Thus most foundation repair companies feel it is critically crucial to address the problem in a timely manner as the fungus is widely known to be the cause of many common health problems such as asthma issues, skin rashes, fatigue and headaches.
Below are the warning signs of water and humidity in your crawl space:
- Uneven floors
- Cracks in the home’s walls
- Doors and windows which do not open and close
- Rotten wood joists
- Standing water below the home
How To Fix Humidity Problems in Your Crawl Space
We can easily control moisture levels in your basement or crawl space with a dehumidifier system. Dehumidifiers are a simple and reliable solution because a water-free crawl space is a healthy crawl space. By removing moisture and humidity, mold will not be able to grow in your crawlspace.
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