The last thing you want is to leave openings for outside air to come into your home, allowing dirty air from the crawl space to enter your home. Dirt and mold particles in the air causes allergy symptoms and other health issues, especially since your house breathes from the bottom up.
Crawl space vents are not the answer! They're meant to dry out crawl spaces through the use of outside air but unfortunately, they can unintentionally do damage in many weather conditions involving moisture, freezing temperatures or humidity.
In order to prevent potential health issues, mold, mildew, odors and other damage in your crawl space, you should have your crawl space vents sealed off. By doing so, the sealed vents will help keep outside air and other elements such as insects, overly hot or cold temperatures, and moisture away. Our vent covers are mechanically attached to form an airtight bond, helping to keep your home dry and healthy.
Construction workers have always favored crawl spaces because they're faster and less expensive to build than a full-blown basement foundation. This type of traditional crawl space utilizes openings or air vents in the crawl space walls so that the air outside can circulate underneath your living space.
If there is any insulation installed, you may find it in the form of fiberglass batts, placed between crawl space joists, while the crawl space's floor will be made of soil, or concrete.
Having this type of crawl space can be troublesome over time, as during the summer, warm and moist air can enter the crawl space, condensing on the cooler crawl space surface. When the crawl space continuously receives this warm air, it can cause moisture to form, which invites mold to grow and causes wood to rot. The presence of wet wood can also attract insects such as termites and carpenter ants, who want nothing more than to chew up the wood and terrorize your home.
Additionally, the fiberglass insulation easily absorbs moisture, and may sag or fall out of place, settling onto the crawl space floor. In winter, there's a new set of problems: the floors become too cold because of the wet and missing insulation, meaning higher heating bills. One factor that isn't determined by season is the indoor air pollution that can cause respiratory problems, because of the mold spores that enter the living space through the cracks and gaps in the walls and floors of the crawl space.
You may be tempted to attempt repairs yourself, but at EcoSpect, we don't recommend it. If you don't have the proper equipment or training for the job, it's likely that you may do more harm than good which could have been avoided by hiring professionals.
Call us today at 585-207-3830 or visit contact EcoSpect if you would like to know more. Aside from that, we also offer other services, such as basement crack repairs, foundation repairs and basement waterproofing. If you're in Rochester NY, get in touch with us right away so we can get to work helping you achieve your goal of having a healthier, more comfortable living space.
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