Everything You Need For a Dry Crawl Space in Illinois Do you have a musty crawl space? Do you have mold in your crawl space? Is your crawl space constantly damp, wet, or leaky?
At Reliable Basement Services, we are committed to making sure that your musty crawl space is transformed into a clean, dry, and energy-efficient space. Most homeowners avoid their crawl spaces at all costs! Most don't even want to go down there to inspect or find out what might be lurking! Typically, crawl spaces are foul-smelling, moldy spaces. Many crawl spaces flood, and they're often filled with debris. In more extreme cases, they can be rotting structures with rodents, animals, and other pests living within.
Instead of struggling against nature to remove moisture from a crawl space, our Crawl Space Encapsulation System, seals a crawl space off from that moisture coming up from the dirt and from the damp air outside. Your home is a system, and every part of that system plays a role that affects the rest of the structure. If your crawl space begins to rot, grow mold, or experience structural problems, this will extend to every part of your home.
Typical Symptoms of a Crawl Space in Need of Repair
- Drywall Cracks in the Interior
- Uneven Floors
- Foul Odors in the Home
- Heightened Allergies or Asthma Symptoms
Crawl space repair and crawl space encapsulation will help create a healthier living space, and save money on your utility bills. And once you've encapsulated your crawl space with a vapor barrier, you've gained valuable storage space in your home.
Why Venting a Crawl Space is not an Effective Solution
Two primary ingredients are needed for rot and mold to thrive: one is organic material, like the wood beneath a home, and the second is water. Since replacing the wood in a home is very costly and practically impossible, the best way to prevent structural damage and those musty smells is to eliminate the moisture altogether! Previously the solution was to add vents to a crawl space. The theory was that this would help dissipate the moisture in the air. However, instead of becoming less damp, the venting can cause crawl spaces to be more wet and damp. This is due to several reasons and mostly a result of air flow through a home.
Understanding the "Stack Effect"
Instead of letting moist air out, a house has a natural tendency to suck in moist air from the lower levels, through an effect called 'The Stack Effect’? So venting a crawl space doesn't address the issue of moisture and damp air rising through the home. In fact, the biggest issue - moisture from the dirt beneath a home - is not even addressed with venting. Preventing Mold and Rot in Crawl Spaces with Encapsulation Even if a crawl space is not flooded or visibly wet, that additional humidity can spell trouble for your home - and your health. The fungus responsible for rot and mold not only eats away at the structure of a home, but spreads by producing millions and millions of airborne spores. These spores are a prime suspect for aggravating allergies and many people don't even know what it is that bothers them when they are at home.
Our Crawl Space Encapsulation System seals a crawl space off from that moisture coming up from the dirt and from the damp air outside. This durable, bright white crawl space liner installs on the walls and floors, preventing water vapor and humidity from passing through. By keeping your crawl space dry, you protect your structure and insulation from mold and rot. Call Reliable Basement Services for a Free estimate today (630) 621-9980.