Moisture, dampness, and leaks in a basement or crawl space can create an unhealthy environment and through a natural occurrence of air constantly rising from the basement or crawl space into the upper levels of the home. This bad air coming from the basement or crawl space can introduce a wide range of toxins and soil gases into the home’s living space. Studies have shown that people who occupy damp buildings are at an increased risk of health problems. Many people take care of the basement or crawl space not to just get rid of the nuisance, but rather to make their home healthy for themselves and their family.
The world health organization published guidelines reporting that occupants of damp or moldy buildings have up to a 75% greater risk of respiratory symptoms. Studies have also established an association between indoor dampness with respiratory infections and disturbing the immune system.
Dampness is a problem in buildings because it provides the moisture that supports the growth of bacteria, fungi (i.e., mold), and insects. The Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link exposure to damp indoor environments in general to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people and with asthma symptoms in people with asthma.
Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their times indoors. Studies of human exposure to air pollutants by EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times- and occasionally more than 100 times-higher than outdoor pollutant levels. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.
Our high standard of quality ensures a healthy basement with a Nationally Backed Warranty.
Our high standard of quality ensures a healthy crawl space with a Nationally Backed Warranty.
Healthy Basement or crawl space is about maintaining a basement or crawl space that promotes a healthy indoor living environment. Air pollutants, excessive moisture, and water entering the basement or crawl space can produce dangerous living conditions which may lead to serious health risks.
A criteria for a Healthy Basement or crawl space Certificate has been established for each level of protection.
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“After 35 years in business, I have seen all the heartaches of homeowners suffering from a wet, damp, and flooded basement or crawl space. Throughout the years there has been no standard for creating a healthy basement or crawl space environment.”
Grate Products LLC is a manufacturer and distributor of state-of-the-art basement and crawl space products. We have established a health standard for basements and crawl spaces, designed to protect homeowners from the dangerous conditions that can exist in their basement or crawl spaces.
Grate Products rewards customers with a Nationally Backed Warranty using the Healthy Basement/Crawl Space Certificate (HBC Certificate) process. Qualifying installations are registered with Grate Products ande will be backed by our National Limited Transferable Warranty.
The HBC Certificate sets a standard for achieving a level of protection that all homeowners deserve.
A Healthy Basement/Crawl Space Certificate provides homeowners with the reassurance that their basement or crawl space meets the necessary requirements for a healthy indoor living environment. Air pollutants, excessive moisture, and water entering the basement can produce dangerous living conditions, which may lead to serious health risks. An HBC Certificate is verification that your basement or crawl space has met all of the qualifications for each level of the HBC Certification process.
The purpose at Grate Products™ is to protect homeowners from the dangerous conditions that can exist in their basement, by providing quality basement products and systems. The goal is to make every home in the world healthier by providing products and services that promote a healthy basement environment. The HBC Certificate provides our customers with what is needed for achieving a healthy basement and ultimately a healthy home.