Author: Bennie Marshall
Allergies, asthma and other health problems can be caused (or worsened) by damp, musty, untreated crawlspaces. Installing crawlspace liners can eliminate the problem.
Crawlspaces are traditionally damp, musty and moldy. If you have a home built on a crawlspace, you\'re breathing air from that crawlspace, and that air can be the source of a growing number of health problems. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study the relationship between damp or moldy environments and the health problems they cause.
In any home, air flows from bottom to top, pulling moist air - and everything in it - up into your home\'s living space. If your home has an unsealed crawlspaces, the air pulled up is coming from an environment perfect for mold growth and other moisture problems. Because as much as 50 percent of the air in a home built over a crawlspace comes from the crawl, mold spores from crawlspaces can trigger allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections and other respiratory problems.
Studies have revealed some alarming statistics about the air in homes - it may be 10 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air in industrialized cities. Symptoms of crawlspace-related health problems include nasal and sinus congestion; itchy, red, watery eyes; breathing problems like wheezing and shortness of breath; coughing; throat irritation; rashes and other skin irritations; and headaches.
Now there\'s good news, too - there\'s a simple solution to the problem. If you install a quality reinforced crawlspace liner, you can protect your home from the ground below and keep moisture, mildew, insects and animals from entering.
Here are the signs that an unlined crawlspace is causing health problems: foul, musty or \"sour\" odors; wet spots, mold or wood rot on the foundation walls, beams or joists; water, mold, mildew or algae on the crawlspace floor, or water beading or dripping from pipes; a general feeling of dampness, high humidity levels, or crawlspace dirt that is damp to the touch; a termite or carpenter-ant problem in the home; radon gas in the home; higher energy costs for heating and air-conditioning; warped hardwood floors; and damage to stored clothing and other belongings from dampness and mildew.
With proven crawlspace-liner encapsulation systems, having healthy crawlspaces can eliminate the problems listed above. And because mold spores, odors, humidity and insects can create an highly unhealthy environment, having a closed crawlspace is a fundamental element in having a healthful - and energy-efficient - home.
While there are many liners on the market, it\'s safest to choose the highest quality. One of the best liners available is a lightweight, pliable 20-mil, fire-resistant vapor barrier treated with an antimicrobial agent. This patent-pending liner is almost half the weight - and twice the strength - of traditional 20-mil liners. There are many elements built into this material that make it extremely well-suited for crawlspace liners and make it superior to other liners.
Your Crawlspace is the only source for a clean, conditioned and closed crawlspace. Its patented reinforced crawlspace liner material and simple patented installation method can make your crawlspace level, clean, usable, dry, properly conditioned - and healthy.
Your Crawlspace is the nation\'s premier provider of crawlspace-encapsulation systems. Hundreds of satisfied homeowners across the United States have their patented system (which was under development for almost two years) and are enjoying clean, dry, enclosed crawlspaces. For more information about Your Crawlspace, please visit www.yourcrawlspace.com.
Bennie Marshall operates YourCrawlSpace.com. If you want Do-It-Yourself water in crawl space look no further than YourCrawlSpace.com.