Friday, December 13, 2019

Mold Can Harm You and Your Own Home

Mold can be the silent and unseen cause of many different problems within a home. In many cases, the mold usually originates from a moist crawlspace or basement. It can affect the actual home as well as its inhabitants. This reality has led to several important factors every homeowner should know as it could help them identify, treat and remove mold in the home. 

Safety Precautions

When you are looking for mold, it is a good idea to take safety precautions. That means refraining from touching any mold spores as gloves should be worn at all times. It is also a good idea to wear safety goggles as mold could irritate your eyes. Some people even go as far as covering their mouth with a cloth or handkerchief to keep from inhaling any fungus spores. It should also be noted that mold can be absorbed through your skin, so it is best to cover your entire body with protective clothing. 

Mold Exposure

Some types of mold are classified as toxic while others are very toxic. The exact strain is not important, but what does matter is whether or not you are allergic to that specific strain. People are affected differently by mold.  Where one person may not be harmed by a certain type of mold, someone else could suffer serious effects.

Human Symptoms

There are a number of symptoms people can experience when exposed to mold. When the mold is undetected, people often come down with an illness that is not adequately explained. These symptoms affect otherwise healthy people and can surface in the form of a persistent cough, respiratory illness, itchy eyes, sudden pneumonia or the unexplained onset of asthma.

Growth and Nourishment

Mold can survive on wood, dust and even paint as those are all enough to sustain it. Most organic material will provide enough nourishment for mold to grow. It also does not matter how clean a home is kept. The growth of mold has more to do with the presence of moisture. It can also grow year round, regardless of the season or weather.

When mold attacks your home, it is time to fight back and eliminate the source of the problem. Carolina Crawlspace Pros will do just that as we specialize in crawl space encapsulation, basement waterproofing, spray foam insulation and more. Our services will get rid of your mold problems in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding communities.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Condensation Means It’s Time for Crawlspace Encapsulation

When hot air meets cold air, condensation is created. Inside a crawlspace, that produces humidity which can cause an array of problems. However, it is not as if homeowners can take a simple look inside and immediately figure out the humidity level in all parts of their crawlspace Charlotte. What they can do is identify any signs of condensation.

Condensation is an indication that the humidity level has reached 100%. That means the air cannot hold any more moisture, which is why water starts to form condensation. Once that condensation appears, it is often followed by the growth of mold and mildew. That growth leads to unhealthy air that begins to rise up through your home. Prolonged exposure to that air can result in a variety of health problems. So at the first sign of condensation, it is time for a fix.

The most effective way to attend to condensation in a crawlspace is to hire a professional service for the purpose of crawl space encapsulation. Sealing off the crawlspace is a much better option than venting it. This method produces a drier environment within the crawlspace.

The process begins by laying a vapor barrier on the walls and floor in the crawlspace. This acts as a way of sealing off from the outside. However, there should be a small gap left by the sill so that professionals can conduct pest inspections. That gap is typically no more than three inches.

Openings to the outside should also be sealed off. That includes any doors that may be loose and especially vents. The purpose is to keep any air from the outside from getting into your crawlspace and mixing hot and cold air to create condensation.

Once a crawlspace is encapsulated, it prevents any rodents or insects from gaining access. It also serves the function of minimizing the growth of mold and mildew. The benefits even show up in your monthly energy bills, which can be reduced by as much as 15-20%. Air quality within your home will also be improved, making it a healthier environment for you and your family.



Carolina Crawl Space Pros has a vast amount of experience encapsulating crawl spaces and can also take care of basement waterproofing in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. When you begin to see signs of condensation, mold or moisture in your crawlspace, contact our team of experienced professionals for an efficient and affordable solution.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Crawlspace Moisture Can Grow Into a Larger Problem: Mold

Jeff from Carolina Crawl Space shows us a common problem found in crawl spaces in North Carolina, which is mold. North Carolina’s humidity creates the perfect environment for mold growth in unprotected crawl spaces but, that mold doesn’t just stay in a crawlspace. As the air continuously circulates throughout the entire home it carries mold spores with it. This means all home occupants are vulnerable to its potential health effects.

 

If you are peeking in your crawlspace and notice anything similar to what Jeff is pointing out in this video then you may have a mold problem. It is important to address mold problems quickly as well as implementing preventive measures for the future.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Common Causes of Basement Leaks

One of the many things any homeowner dreads when it comes to the condition of their home is a leaky basement. Not only a wet basement it difficult to detect (until it becomes obvious), it causes a lot of damage within a short time - think warped wood, huge cracks and lots of mold and extensive rotting. The problem, however, is that no matter what foundation you have used, or what the condition of your home is, these leaks are bound to occur one day or the other.

It is imperative that you are able to detect the signs of leaks early on. That way you can call the professionals who will repair the damage in time and prevent the problem from escalating further (and adding to your troubles and your bills). Also, considering basement waterproofing for a true fix.

Here are the some of the most common causes of basement leaks:

Lateral Pressure

The soil that is present around the foundation tends to absorb water coming from snow and rain. While soils do generally recover from this, the time and extent varies by the soil type. Some soils, like clay, for instance, do not drain as fast as others, which leads to a build-up of water pressure beneath the ground. Once the soil expands over the water, a sideways (or lateral) pressure is created against the foundation of the home, which eventually leads to leakage.

Honeycomb Leakage

Honeycomb leakages form when the dried concrete has too many air pockets (which mostly form due to poor mixing during the original pouring). These air pockets, which often resemble a honeycomb, later tend to form cavities through which water easily passes through and causes leakage. These can be fixed quite easily if detected early on.

Tie Rod Holes

Tie rod holes are a common source of basement leaks that are known to occur in older homes. They are a result of the method of construction followed in building a home.

The concrete forms in many homes are built from wood and are kept together with 5/8 steel rods during the cement-pouring process. These rods remain in 2 horizontal rows, with the lower row staying at about a foot off the ground and the higher one another 4 feet above that. These rods are removed once the walls are completed - a process that ends up leaving "rod holes." Water tends to accumulate in these empty spaces, and ultimately causes leaks.




Window Wells Leak

While window wells are a great way to make your basement look good and keep it well-lit and airy (while keeping soil and water outside), they can - and do - act as a cause of leakage, especially if they are not installed and/or maintained properly.

Window wells usually malfunction when the drainage system surrounding the home is not working properly.  A poorly-working drainage system leads to accumulation of water around the windows, which in time creates enough pressure to push the window in (and cause massive leakages).

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation

crawlspace encapsulation, crawl space encapsulation, crawl space waterproofing
Sealing off a crawl space in Charlotte is a smart move for homeowners as it provides a wealth of benefits. There are plenty of reasons for homeowners to go with this option and here is a look at how such an endeavor can work for you.

Energy Savings

It comes down to dollars and cents. The bottom line is that it is easier to heat or cool a house that is dry because there is no lingering humidity to conflict with that task. As soon as a crawlspace is sealed, the energy savings will start to roll in and can total as much as 20% in the first month.

Structural Integrity

The foundation of your home sits on the same soil that affects your crawlspace. It is important to keep that soil dry, which is way water runoff from your roof is intended to move water away from your home. Dry crawlspaces preserve the structural integrity of a home and prevent any issues that could lead to major repairs in the future.

Higher Resale Value

If you are attempting to sell your home, the home inspection process can reveal some issues that homeowners may not have considered. Moisture, condensation or mold in the crawlspace can give a buyer leverage and either drop the asking price or request the crawlspace be sealed. Similar situation can occur when there is a need for basement waterproofing in a home. Either way, it is going to affect the amount of money you receive upon the sale of your home.

Avoid Termites

Termites can cause a variety of problems to a home and they thrive in dark, wet places. Sealing off a crawlspace puts an end to the possibility of termites colonizing underneath your home. Termites can do a great deal of damage to wood that is damp and are very difficult to eliminate once they colonize. A dry crawlspace is not a welcoming place for termites.

More Comfortable Living

Sealing off your crawlspace is a way of improving the quality of air inside your home. Any health problems related to mold or mildew can be avoided as fresher, cleaner air will be circulated throughout your home. This is particularly important for older people as well as homeowners with children.

In the video above, Jeff from Carolina Crawlspace Pros shows us what can happen to a crawl space that is not properly sealed, or encapsulated.

When you are ready to seal off your crawlspace, contact the team at Carolina Crawlspace Pros. We have an ample amount of experience sealing off all types of crawlspaces and also offer basement waterproofing and crawlspace encapsulation in Charlotte, NC and the neighboring communities.