Is a Damp Crawlspace to Blame for your Allergies?

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Many homes are built over a crawlspace partly because it’s cheaper and quicker to build than a basement. However, crawlspaces are notorious for collecting moisture and developing mold and mildew. While you might not think about the condition of your crawlspace, you should. A damp crawlspace can lead to wood rot, attract pests, and compromise your home’s structural integrity. Additionally, the air inside your crawlspace does seep inside your house, which means that mold spores could worsen allergies and lung conditions like asthma or COPD. Today on the blog, we share how to tell if your damp crawlspace is to blame for your allergies.

This time of year, seasonal allergies cause runny noses, congestion, cough, sore throats, and itchy and watery eyes. If you already battle seasonal allergies, you expect these undesirable symptoms every year in the spring. But did you know that your crawlspace could be making your condition worse? Here’s how.

The following are ways moisture builds up inside your crawlspace

  • Foundation drainage
  • Below-grade walls
  • Low airflow
  • Poor yard drainage
  • Clogged gutters
  • Roof damage
  • Leaky appliances, HVAC units, or plumbing

Unfortunately, unless you inspect your crawlspace regularly, you might be unaware of a moisture problem.

However, notice these signs that your crawlspace has a moisture problem

  • Mold or mildew odors
  • Damp feeling within the home
  • Surface discoloration, staining, and texture changing in your walls or flooring
  • Deformed wood surfaces and wood decay
  • Sweating pipes (check underneath your sinks)
  • Peeling paint
  • Chipping concrete along your home’s foundation
  • Increased indoor humidity

Additionally, you may notice that your usual allergy treatments don’t seem to work, or they may linger beyond spring and other times of the year when pollen counts are low. Another way to tell is by visually inspecting your crawlspace periodically, looking for signs of moisture.

What should I do if my crawlspace has moisture?

Please don’t ignore it; this is our first piece of advice. Moisture problems tend to worsen if not corrected, leading to more extensive damage to your home and harm to your health. If you spot signs of moisture in your crawlspace, contact a company in Murfreesboro that offers mold remediation and crawlspace moisture control services. At Ameri Care, we offer crawlspace encapsulation, which completely seals out moisture, lessening the number of pests you may find inside your crawlspace and home as well. Crawlspace encapsulation is much thicker and more durable than contractor-grade vapor barriers, most often found in crawlspaces.

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Protecting their most significant asset is a top priority for most homeowners. However, neglecting the poor conditions of your crawlspace could chip away at your home’s value and make it unsafe for you and your family. Therefore, to learn more about crawlspace encapsulation or about moisture control in your crawlspace, contact Ameri Care at (615) 893-7111 or online today.