Crawl Space Solutions
A crawl space is an area underneath a home that is not as tall as a basement, and it may have a dirt or concrete floor. These areas are often overlooked by homeowners in Kansas City since they never need to go into this area, and there is nothing typically kept here. However, when the area is not properly sealed, it can become inundated with water whenever it rains, or when there is melting snow on the lawn. All of this moisture can damage the inside of this environment, and this includes wooden support beams and floor joists in the area which are used to help with supporting the weight of a home. This rotting wood isn't just unattractive and it doesn't just make the rest of the home smell musty, but it can also be very inviting to unwanted critters, such as termites, roaches, snakes, mice, rats, mosquitoes, spiders, skunks, and other pests a homeowner doesn't want taking up residence below their home.
Water here can also lead to the development of black mold. Mold is a dangerous fungus that grows whenever moisture, high humidity levels, and organic materials to feed off of are present. Moisture, humidity, and the wooden materials found here can act as the organic materials for the fungus to live off of. The mold spores are released up and into the air, and they eventually make their way up and into the living areas of a home. It can effect a home's indoor air quality, and it can also make its inhabitants very sick. Mold has been known to cause a variety of health problems, including: breathing issues, asthma attacks, headaches, skin rashes, allergies, fatigue, cold/flu-like symptoms, and more.
The solution to preventing or stopping these problems is to have the area properly sealed off from the outside environment through a process that is known as crawl space encapsulation. When this area is sealed off, water will not be able to get inside, nor will excessive humidity or unwanted critters. Also, the floor will be sealed and dangerous soil gases, such as Radon will not be able to get inside. This will improve the indoor air quality of your Kansas City home and make it a much safer and healthier place to live.
Contact Dry Basement® Foundation Repair today to get a free estimate on your crawl space encapsulation by submitting our online contact form.
Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation
- Improved structural integrity for the home
- No mold, mildew, or bacteria growth
- No rotten, decaying, or deteriorating wooden materials
- Increased property value