January is National Staying Healthy Month. While it is always important to take care of ourselves, our home is where we come to rest and spend quality time with our friends and families. So, making sure your home is also a healthy space is important.
We all know the daily routines we have to keep our homes tidy and clean, such as vacuuming and wiping down surfaces, but did you know that your crawl space can play a significant role in the overall health of your home? Here you can find out how your crawl space can maintain a healthy home and ways to make it even better.
50-60% of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawl space
At Crawlspace Medic, we like to say that a healthy home starts from the ground up. The majority of air that circulates in the main areas of your home comes from your crawl space. So, if you have untreated mold or high humidity levels, for example, you will be welcoming that in the rest of your home as well. On the other hand, if your crawl space is in good shape and properly maintained, then you can feel comfortable knowing that you are breathing good, clean air. Have an expert inspect your crawl space to make sure that the air you’re breathing is good.
Your crawl space holds a lot of the structural integrity of your home. Not only is it at the base of your home and your main floor, but it also is home to your most important and valuable systems like your HVAC and Plumbing systems.
Unfortunately, there are many ways in which the structure of your crawl space can be damaged. If the humidity and moisture levels are too high, then it can lead to wood rot and even mold. Also, if there are cracks or breaks in the structure, it can compromise the floors of your home. If your structure is not properly maintained, it can cause buckling in your floors, and even sagging.
While we might not want to imagine it, you may think more often than not that there may be pests in your crawl space. You can have a professional take the initial look for you to rule this out, but if your crawl space is having issues, it can create the perfect environment for pests.
If your humidity and moisture levels are too high, it can invite certain rodents and insects to create their new home in your crawl space. However, there are simple ways in which you can avoid this. Installing a dehumidifier can greatly reduce your chances of having improper moisture and humidity levels. Also, vapor barriers and sealed vents can help as well. Ask a professional today to learn more about what solutions they can offer your crawl space.
We at Crawlspace Medic are determined and dedicated in bettering your crawl spaces for the overall health and comfort of you and your home. In honor of National Staying Healthy Month, we want everyone to consider the importance of your crawl space to your home’s health and know that we are here to help you every step of the way. Visit our main page to see our location and book your free estimate today.