In this home, the crawlspace was damp and the homeowner noticed a stinky smell permeating the floor. He was about to replace the flooring on the main level, but discovered that his wet crawlspace was the culprit! In this picture, you can see where the Healthy Spaces Installation crew has already started transforming the crawlspace into a semi-conditioned space with dimple roll. The dimple roll is the first step in creating a Healthy space. Besides adding to comfort when crawling across the floor, it also allows the vapor barrier to better resist tearing or punctures.
The natural airflow in a house is from bottom to top. This sucks the moist air and everything in it up into the living areas of the home. Mold spores, odors, humidity and critters create a very unhealthy environment for people. Many people are allergic to these things, and experience a host of symptoms and don't realize that their dirt crawl space is affecting their health.
“Poor indoor air quality can cause short-term problems such as coughing, headaches and dizziness, and can contribute to and worsen chronic breathing problems.” ~John L. Kirkwood, President & CEO, American Lung Association. A vapor barrier slows or prevents the evaporation of ground moisture into the crawl space air. If coupled with a waterproofing system, moisture and water can be expelled from the crawl space before it can cause problems. No more rot, rust, mold, odors, insects or other moisture-related problems.
A vapor barrier, by its nature, resists the passage of air. By stopping air movement from the ground, it can also turn your crawlspace into a semi-conditioned space – one that is close to the temperature of the living spaces above. When that occurs, your floors feel warmer in winter and your energy bills go down. A vapor/air barrier can also slow or block most of the movement of harmful gases, such as radon, from the soil. Coupled with a radon mitigation system (in the event that radon is present in higher than acceptable levels), a vapor barrier can significantly reduce radon levels in the home.
The “Clay Bowl Effect” can also be lowering your air quality, too. The stagnant water under your foundation creates a musty, muddy crawlspace where mold and other allergens can hide out. These mold and mildew particles are then mixed into the dusty, dry air from rest of the house through the duct system and the end result is an allergy cocktail that can leave our families feeling lousy.
Here, you can see that the installation experts have been able to stop moisture from passing through the floor. This combination of vapor barrier over dimple roll will allow for servicemen to use the space without damage, and it has transformed the crawl space into usable storage space.
We’re committed to increasing the environmental quality of every home in Muldraugh, KY and the CleanSpace system is just one of the products that can help. Our System Design specialists would be happy to recommend ways to mitigate mold in your crawlspace, remove unwanted moisture, and keep creepy crawlies from living in your crawlspace. If you’d like to learn more about our environmental quality enhancing products to make your crawlspace into a Healthy Space, please visit us at https://www.healthyspacessystems.com/ or click on our Free Estimate button for an appointment!
A dirt, vented, or unconditioned crawl space under a home in Muldraugh creates a high humidity problem as the earth contains high levels of moisture. This moisture or water vapor moves up into the crawl space. Moisture and organic material are the right combination for mold and mildew, the cause of musty smells and odors.
Damp environments are unhealthy and destructive places where mold thrives and spreads by producing millions of airborne spores. In turn, heating and cooling costs are higher, especially if you have a vented dirt crawl space. Insects and critters of all kinds love damp environments and wet materials. Rot and decay occur in damp environments causing structural damage. Crawl spaces do not have to be wet or flooded to be extremely unhealthy. A brand-new home with dirt crawl spaces is just as much at risk as a older home.