VENTED CRAWL SPACES CREATE MOLD AND MILDEW AND COST MORE TO HEAT AND COOL!
Research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has shown that a vented crawlspace usually increases the moisture level under a home, rather than keep it dry. This is because crawlspaces typically collect moisture from groundwater saturation, rain runoff, overflowing gutters, and leaky pipes. All this moisture condenses on cooler wood surfaces, promoting fungal growth, wood rot, and allowing harmful bacteria to multiple and get breathed-in by family members. Moreover, the vents allow small rodents access into the area, where they often die, decompose, and create a health hazard!
To add insult to injury, moist crawl spaces actually cost more money to heat and air-condition, as a damp and wet area takes more energy to heat or cool, and this translates into higher energy bills. While some homeowners decide to “take matters into their own hands” and seal their crawl space vent openings, this actually increases the level of moisture, mold, mildew, and fungus, creating a potentially deadly situation if the basement or crawl space has in it a ventilated-type of combustible equipment like a home water heater!
HUMIDITY + MOISTURE = STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
Moisture can damage homes in many ways. For example, mold, mildew, fungus, wood rot, and dead pests, can pose a health hazard and lead to foundation structural damage! At the very least, such damage can lead to sticky windows, buckling hardwood floors, bent or rotting wood framing, rusty fabricated metal parts, and higher energy bills.
But there are solutions that Weinstein Construction’s crawl space contractors can use to solve such problems! Our crawl space repair “encapsulation” (sealing) methods insulate the crawl space areas under your home from outside elements. We literally wrap the entire area of your crawl space with a layer of ultra-durable polyethylene liner which seals and protects from moisture and assault by various critters. In doing so, we also cover vents and port doors to offer full insulation.
The costs to remove unhealthy mold from a home or repair structural damage from moisture can be exponentially higher than simply using a crawl space encapsulation method for protection. Why live with mold and fungus? In this case, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
Weinstein Construction’s experts can also take care of your home’s drainage problems, which occur when water does not properly drain away from the home’s crawl space. Ensuring proper drainage is very important because unwanted moisture can damage your home’s foundation by literally shifting (and potentially cracking it) through the forces of expansion and shrinkage of the soil upon which the structure’s concrete foundation footing sits.