Does your home smell musty? Can you tell it has rained just by walking into your house?
Are there unknowns living under your floors in your dirt crawl space? Fear of what can be found keeps most people from looking - they don't even want to go down there and look because they are afraid of what they will find.
Your St. Louis area home can have under-floors and ducts dripping with moisture. You may have mold growing on the wood - and critters both microscopic and more easily seen if you dare to look closely.
If you were to eliminate the moisture down there, your family's health problem would go away. We can help.
A dirt crawl space under a St. Louis, Missouri home is a very bad idea. The earth has very high humidity in the soil. This water vapor moves easily into the crawl space and upward into the house environment. A damp environment is very unhealthy and destructive. Insects and critters of all kinds love damp environments and wet materials.
Rot and decay occur in damp environments causing structural damage. Mold thrives by producing airborne spores by the millions, and some molds are toxic. The natural airflow in a house is from bottom to top. This sucks the moist air and everything in it up into the living areas of the home.
Heating and cooling costs are higher in a home with a vented dirt crawl space.
Mold spores, odors, humidity and critters create a very unhealthy environment for people. Many people are allergic to these things, and experience a host of symptoms and don't realize that their dirt crawl space is affecting their health. Dirt crawl spaces do not have to be wet or flooded to be extremely unhealthy.
There are only two primary ingredients needed for rot and mold to thrive: one is organic material, like the wood beneath a home, and the second is water. Replacing the wood in a house is practically impossible, so the only avenue to preventing structural damage and those musty smells is to eliminate the moisture.
Previously the tactic was to add vents to a crawl space, which were supposed to allow the moisture to dissipate. These vented crawl spaces, instead of becoming less damp, end up being wetter for several reasons. The stack effect, a house's natural tendency to draw air in from the crawl space and lower levels upward into living spaces, means that instead of letting moist air out, a house sucks more moist air in! Another problem with venting a crawl space is that it allows all kinds of bugs and critters direct access to a home.
The fungus responsible for rot and mold not only eats away at the structure of a home, but spreads by producing millions and millions of airborne spores. These spores are prime suspects for aggravating allergies and many people don't even know what it is that bothers them when they are at home.
The Healthy Home Crawlspace Solution
The Healthy Home Crawlspace Solution is the most comprehensive, energy efficient crawlspace solution on the market today for St. Louis area property owners. This crawlspace encapsulation system solves the issues with damp crawl spaces. It addresses all the issues that plague unhealthy crawlspaces.
- Damp, musty smells
- High indoor humidity in the summer
- Creaking floors
- Bugs and rodents
- Cold floors in the winter
- Increased respiratory problems and even asthma
- Standing water after a heavy rain