Crawl spaces tend to be damp, have foul smells and odors, and develop mold and mildew that can be hazardous to you and your family members' overall health. Different types of mold and mildew can cause topical skin rashes, skin irritation, reddening of the skin, breathing difficulties and unexplained continuous flu-like symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to seek medical attention, as these symptoms, if left untreated for a long period of time, can cause mild to severe health issues.
You can vastly improve the conditions by sealing your crawl space and reducing the moisture.
Can Water Be Completely Eliminated?
It can be quite a task to rid your crawl space of water, but it can be achieved. This task can be achieved by installing an appropriate crawl space drainage and sump pump system. This process eliminates water from entering into your crawl space. However, moisture can still enter through the concrete walls and floor, which is why sealing doors and vents and using sump pumps and dehumidifiers are so important.
What is a Vapor Barrier?
Well, it's a very important aspect of waterproofing your crawl space and removing the moisture that's causing mold! A vapor barrier is used to reduce the amount of water seeping through your concrete walls and floor into your crawl space. A vapor barrier also helps prevent your crawl space and upper living levels of your home from being consumed with foul smells and bad odors. Your crawl space is more prone to moisture, as moisture tends to flow from warmer locations into colder locations.
Sealing Doors and Vents
Some homeowners tend to overlook their doors and vents as a possible source of air and moisture. By properly sealing the doors, and installing vent covers, you can reduce or possibly stop the cycle of cold air, humidity and moisture from entering your crawl space from the outside.
If you seal your crawl space door and there is still air and moisture entering into your crawl space, you may want to consider investing in new doors to provide the airtight seal you desire. New doors are an inexpensive way to rid your crawl space of moisture.
What About Structural Damage?
Structural damage should be a great concern to any homeowner. It is best to schedule routine examinations of your basement or crawl space for rotting, warping, sagging or damage caused by moisture, dampness, wetness, mold and mildew. Sagging floors are very common in crawl spaces consumed with moisture. The best option is to resolve the problem before it becomes too significant.
In one word, yes! Bad smells and foul odors come from a hidden source of mold and mildew. Mold can grow anywhere, and is prone to growing underneath sub-flooring, on the floor joists, and on debris that has been left behind and forgotten about. The only sure way to rid your crawl space of bad smells and foul odors is to completely rid your crawl space of mold and mildew--thus find the source of moisture. This can be achieved by waterproofing the crawl space!
Contacting a waterproofing expert is the best and most effective way to protect your home from the effects of moisture. Contact the experts at JES Basement Systems for crawl space repair in Virginia.