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Crawlspace Health Issues

Is your personal health the result of your crawlspace health?

Mold and mildew are microscopic organisms that thrive in damp, dark conditions like those found in your crawlspace. They’re everywhere – a natural part of our environment that breaks down and eats anything that contains organic matter. Mold spores can feed on a wide variety of material including decaying leaves, dust, dirt, wood products, insulation, drywall and carpet.

In the right conditions, and in only a matter of hours, mold populations can explode – growing and reproducing on a damp surface until they eventually destroy the entire food source. Mold spreads by producing millions of floating, airborne spores. When these spores mix with the natural bottom-to-top airflow in a house, they create a very unhealthy environment for people.

Typical symptoms resulting from mold exposure include everything from respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, to eye, nose and throat irritation. Some people, including infants, children, pregnant women, and the elderly are at higher risks for adverse health effects. Others, like those with chronic lung illnesses, may suffer even more serious infection when exposed to mold and even worse, Radon gas.

Like it or not, it’s hard to avoid breathing your mold-infected crawlspace air! Crawlspace health is important!

The natural air flow is from bottom to top, known as the “stack effect”. The question is: Where does this air come from? Much of the air comes from the crawlspace beneath your home. In older, more “leaky” homes, the air exchange rate can be as high as two complete air changes per hour. Some building professionals say up to half the air you breathe on the first floor of your home came from the crawlspace. Therefore, whatever is in your crawlspace air comes into your home affecting you, your family, even your pets.

If there is mold, mildew, or gases in the crawlspace, it is likely these will be inside your home, too.

Proper ventilation is absolutely necessary to keep your crawlspace healthy! Keep the air in the crawlspace fresh with outdoor air.