If your home has a crawl space underneath, its overall condition will have a direct effect on the overall health of your property and family.
Air naturally flows from the bottom up to the top in your home, meaning that it will have to travel through the crawl space beforehand. This means that if any harmful contaminants such as mildew, mold, insects, and even animal excrement are present in the crawl space, you and your family will be breathing them in without even realizing it – until such time as someone becomes ill or mold makes its way into your home.
Preserve your Home
Homes with crawl spaces that are cluttered with debris or that have not been correctly sealed will eventually cause wooden flooring to rot and other fixtures to become water damaged as time goes by.
Some companies are now providing a crawl space encapsulation system that will prevent dirt, debris, toxic gases, and other contaminants from entering your home through its floor. It will also help prevent insects and other small animals from making themselves comfortable in this part of your home.
Reduce Energy Bills
Another advantage homeowners will enjoy after having the crawl space encapsulated is that of lower energy bills. Encapsulation will prevent heat and cooled air from exiting your home through its flooring, meaning that your air-conditioners and heating systems won’t have to work as hard as they did before.
Maintaining your Home’s Crawl Space
Many homeowners make the mistake of forgetting that their crawl spaces exist – until such time as something goes wrong such as a rodent infestation, for instance.
It’s strongly recommended that you have your home’s crawl space inspected on an annual basis – or sooner if you notice any strange smells or mold forming on indoor fixtures. Although it’s possible for many homeowners to do this job themselves, elderly or disabled persons will require the help of a professional. An annual inspection will also help detect issues before they become more serious – and costlier – to address and rectify.
Keeping your home’s crawl spare clean and free of contaminants or animal infestations will ensure that your family and home remain healthy.