3 Ways Your Crawlspace Can Affect Your Health
If you’ve never heard about the damage an infected crawlspace can do, it’s time to understand how much of a health hazard it would be. Being continuously exposed to mold can cause excessive eye irritation, skin irritation, and respiratory problems. While many people do not consider the home crawlspace as an area that needs attention, crawlspace moisture is one of the main reasons for the growth of mold due to exterior conditions that cause dampness in the space, rising dampness that seeps into the space, and condensation from HVAC or areas that are not well ventilated.
Using a crawlspace dehumidifier can work wonders when attempting to deter the growth of mold in your crawlspace that could cause these ailments that affect your health.
Crawl Space Mold
Crawlspace mold is not uncommon, and many homes are susceptible to different variations of crawl space mold. Some crawlspaces are large and are turned into basements. Others are much smaller and are only used to access pipes and other systems to keep the home running. It is always best to have a crawlspace inspection to ensure there are no signs of mold. Here are a few things to look for:
- Issues within the structure like cracked floors and walls
- Moldy smells
- Sagging floors
- Bubbling and peeling wallpaper
- Water stains
- Black spots on the baseboards
- Unexplained illnesses dealing with the respiratory system or runny and itchy eyes and throat
Taking steps to prevent the growth of mold is key and will benefit your home and health in the long run. Working with a professional can help alleviate the occurrence of mold.
Crawl Space Solutions
There are a few ways to get rid of mold. Working with a team that specializes in crawl space solutions is the first line of defense. While most people think that using bleach can fix the issue, many times this is not the case. A professional can give you more information, including how to have effective crawlspace doors that keep moisture out of that space.
The quality of your crawlspace door is key. When you have the right ones in place, you will be able to deter mold and mildew from growing. Getting the right crawl space doors takes education and professionals who can make sound recommendations for you.
Exterior crawl space doors should also be inspected from time to time to ensure you don’t have any moisture seeping in from the outside. If you see any wood rot or something around the door that can allow moisture in, it’s time to get them replaced.
Contact McDuffie Pest Control
You always want the best team around that can offer the most advice and education to keep your crawl spaces without moisture. McDuffie Pest Control can help with their CrawlSpace Care Solutions that will waterproof the space and mitigate the chances of your health being affected. This solution keeps out rodents, insects, and more.
For more information on our quality care to protect your crawl space, contact the team at McDuffie Pest Control today!