Crawl Space Systems
The problem with a dirt or vented concrete crawl space is that as warm air rises in your home, it brings up with it the air that was previously in your crawl space, including moisture and mold spores, as well as anything else that may be airborne down there.
As this air rises in your home, replacement air enters from the lowest part, your crawl space. This replacement air is made up with unconditioned outside air that enters through vents and other leaks, and air that is actually sucked from the crawl space floor, either dirt or concrete, which is typically filled with lots of moisture. This natural upward air movement is called the "stack effect" -- this is how chimneys work. Consequently, whatever is in the air at the lowest point eventually flows up into the living sections. Up to 40% of the air we breathe on the first floor of our home comes from the crawl space.
A concrete or dirt crawl space with a crawl space vent is a never-ending source of moisture. Even if the dirt's surface seems dry, digging down a few inches reveals moist earth.
Why Is Crawl Space Moisture so Bad?
Because it's the moisture that leads to mold growth, musty odors, and structural damage, not to mention that insects and critters love moist environments and energy costs are higher. Moisture ruins houses by providing a hospitable environment for mold, fungi, and insects that destroy wood framing. Crawl space moisture, and the mold and mildew that thrive in this environment, affect not only the floor system directly above, but also the entire house.
Three things destroy organic materials in general, and wood in particular: water, heat, and ultra-violet radiation. Of these, water is by far the most damaging... and the one we can control.
Properly sealing the crawl space and removing the moisture from the ground and air is part of the solution that helps provide a mold-free, radon-free, and insect-free environment, which leads to a more energy-efficient and healthier home.
To avoid moisture's negative effects, a crawl space should be completely sealed and isolated from the ground and the humid outside air. An effective method to lower crawl space humidity, tested and perfected throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland, is now available in your area -- the CleanSpace crawl space Encapsulation System by Basement Systems Inc. This crawl space vapor barrier system involves installing a 20-mil 7-ply sandwich of high and low-density polyethylene with polyester-cord reinforcement on the dirt or concrete floor, that is fastened and epoxied to the walls. This extra-heavy reinforced lining is made especially for this system and is treated with an anti microbial finish that protects against mold and mildew growth under the crawl space liner.
Lower energy bills, resulting from reduced crawl space humidity, translate into comfort and savings year after year. The CleanSpace crawl space vapor barrier is tough enough for service people to crawl on and safe enough for storage. Being bright white, the CleanSpace liner really brightens a crawl space too, making it a relatively pleasant storage place.
Does Your Crawl Space Leak or Flood?
Many crawl space foundations leak and many crawl spaces flood. Such crawl spaces may require a drainage system. Basement Systems has several patented sump pump systems for your peace of mind. They all feature a built-in WaterWatch sump pump alarm system to let you know if there is ever a pump or power problem before the crawl space floods. Basement Systems' SmartSump
Just remember that your crawl space, although often neglected until it's too late, is one of the most important spaces in your home. It can be a spawning ground for mold, bugs, embarrassing odors, and even radon gas. The moisture generated in the crawl space will lead to structural damage and higher energy costs! On the other hand, a clean, sealed crawl space can be an extra source for much needed storage while making your home more energy efficient, healthy, and safe for your family.
To learn more about the CleanSpace Crawl space Encapsulation System or other innovative crawl space solutions, contact Steamatic for a FREE Estimate and Inspection. You'll be thrilled at how quickly your crawl space can be fixed with little or no disruption to your daily routine. The encapsulation system comes with a 25-year CleanSpace warranty against rips, & tears.