Crawl Space Hazards
Although crawl spaces are important parts of the home, they are often ignored by homeowners. Out of sight is out of mind. However, if your crawl space is not waterproof, there are many dangers that lurk beneath your floor boards.
Hazards in Your Crawl Space
If you’re still hanging on the fence about crawl space waterproofing, you may like to know that there are various hazards in crawl spaces that waterproofing can help to protect you from. These include the following:
There will be a great deal of moisture in the space if it is not waterproof. This is especially common in crawl spaces with bare earth floors. Standing pools of water, water in the soil or even humid climates cause crawl spaces to have high levels of humidity. This provides the perfect environment for the growth of mold.
Mold spores produced in the crawl space can find their way into the home. They are transported in the air that moves from the crawl space into the home. Considering that more than 50% of the air in the home comes from the crawl space, mold spores pose a significant threat to indoor air quality.
Inhalation of spores can result in exacerbation of allergies and development of various other symptoms, such as runny nose, watery eyes, rashes and sneezing. Toxic black mold spores produce toxins that can be deadly.
Many people only think of asbestos in terms of roofing materials or paint. However, asbestos was a popular ingredient in many construction materials in the past. Soil and rocks may also contain asbestos. Crawl space waterproofing can help to keep dangerous compounds such as asbestos away from your home.
Radon is a radioactive substance that occurs in soil. The gas continuously leaches out of the soil and can find its way into the home along with air from the crawl space. Radon gas has been linked to various forms of cancer including lung cancer.
Crawl space waterproofing can help to keep radon gas at bay. Many contractors use waterproofing membranes that are specifically designed to keep toxic gases from soil in the soil and out of the crawl space.
Crawl spaces offer a wonderful habitat for pests, such as rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, cockroaches and termites. Moisture makes the environment even more attractive to these critters. Waterproofing will keep these pests away from your home by keeping them out of your crawl space.
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