Your crawl space might not be the first thing you think of when you want to improve your home. That little-ventured place in your home, however, can also be costing you hundreds of unnecessary dollars a year! Your crawl space is usually a hollow space between the ground and the first floor of your home, usually 1-3 ft tall. It elevates your home from the ground and hides all the ugly pipes that keep your home running. It’s not usually meant to be seen — which is why problems with your crawl space can often go unnoticed, until it’s too late. Check out these four crawl space house hazards you should definitely try to avoid:
- Moisture issues
Moisture in your crawl space is the number one sign of what is about to be a much bigger problem– warped floor tiles, uneven floors, and decaying floor supports. Moisture in your crawl space can be caused by water vapor seeping up from the ground and into the hollow crawl space. That vapor can then cause condensation , which can rot floor joists and walls, and even seep all the way into your attic if left untreated. In fact, crawl space vents, while originally thought to remove moisture, actually bring in outside air that causes cold moist air to congeal in the winter and hot, moist air to get trapped in your crawl space, making it a perfect environment for mold growth. Companies like Peak Structural can prevent this by encapsulating your crawl space, preventing moisture from collecting on surfaces and keeping your crawl space stable and dry.
- Health hazards
Moisture does not just cause rotting — it can cause mold and mildew to infiltrate your home, too, which often includes unpleasant, musty odors in the crawl space. The air in your crawl space is in your building envelope and will get upstairs through the stack effect or through your HVAC system. In fact, one-third to one-half of the air that you breathe on the first floor of your house came through your crawl space. If anyone in your home suffers from respiratory issues, headaches, allergies or asthma, it could be from unhealthy air. Peak Structural specializes in solutions to properly isolate your home from the earth, sealing crawl space vents and allowing you to keep your air dry and improve the air quality of your home.
No one wants pests in the home, but often people forget about what’s going on underneath the home– and that’s where your problems start. By encapsulating your crawl space, you can ensure that pests like bugs, termites, rats, and even snakes will be kept out. This is because encapsulation removes the insulation pests love to eat up, and air seals off open areas instead. This keeps pests from making themselves at home in your home!
- Improper Insulation
Improper insulation in your crawl space can cost you hundreds of dollars a year! This is because homes with dirt crawl spaces have damp air and damp air uses more energy to heat and cool. This causes your heater and air conditioner to work overtime to keep up and makes your electricity bill skyrocket! Insulation won’t prevent heat loss in the winter and will make your home’s temperature unstable in the summer. Fiberglass insulation is loose and air passes right through it. When it’s positioned between the floor joists in a vented crawl space, it’s not doing much at all. Plus, mold and pests love that paper backing on the insulation! By sealing all outside air leaks and insulating the walls and floor, you can ensure your temperature is regulated in your crawl space and that you aren’t wasting
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