Is your Crawl Space Unhealthy?

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If you are like many homeowners, you probably don’t spend any length of time in your crawl space. We get it. Crawl spaces aren’t the most elegant and comfortable areas of your home. But, it is a place that you should be mindful of, and check every so often to make sure you do not have any unwanted moisture or mold. Inside every home is more air pollution than you may realize, which can make lung diseases or allergies worse. And, there are even some long-term health problems associated with breathing polluted air. If your crawl space is full of moisture that inhibits mold growth and rotting wood, then the air quality inside your home is even worse.

How can you tell if your crawl space is unhealthy? Ameri Care Services, a top-rated waterproofing company in Murfreesboro, wants to help homeowners understand the signs to look out for in determining whether they have an unhealthy crawl space. You can always book an appointment, and one of our specialists would be happy to take a look at it for you.

Check for water or moisture

Water accumulation or moisture is where the problems start. Water or moisture can rot the wooden structure of your home. If you notice any visible signs of rot on the wood in your crawl space, then you’ve certainly got an issue. Moisture also makes the foundation more likely to crack, which could pose a serious threat to the structural integrity of your home. Concrete and blocks often will appear darker in color wherever moisture is present. So, even if you don’t see standing water in your crawl space, moisture can still infiltrate the foundation of your home, leaving behind a dark gray color on the bricks.

Look for mold or mildew residue

Mold can be black, gray, or white. It tends to have a fuzzy look to it. While mold naturally occurs in our environment, you don’t want it spreading throughout your crawl space. As the air from your crawlspace seeps into your home, which is natural for any home, you could breathe in air that is tainted with mold spores – not good for anyone with asthma, COPD, lung cancer, or even healthy individuals either. If you see mold anywhere in your crawl space, have it checked out. The humidity levels in your crawl space could be too high.

Check the humidity level

You know that feeling when you step outside in the middle of August here in Nashville? That sticky feeling that the air has, making it almost feel thick, is humidity. It actually is moisture in the air. Of course, the air inside your crawl space may have some humidity, the level should remain below 70%. Above that, mold and mold spores can grow. You can purchase an inexpensive humidity checker for less than ten bucks.

The best way to know if you have moisture in your crawl space, or if the humidity levels are too high is to contact a company that offers waterproofing services, such as Ameri Care Services. Don’t wait to call (615) 893-7111. There could be damage occurring to your home without you even knowing it! We provide waterproofing and pest control services to homes and businesses in Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, and Nashville.