Encapsulating Crawl Spaces
for Your Safety
Crawl Spaces Can be Unsafe in Homes and Businesses in Sandusky, OH
Many homes and businesses are built on crawl space foundations. These spaces allow a person to crawl under a floor to access the building’s wiring and plumbing. Several problems can arise from building homes on a crawl space foundation, and they all lead to damage. Even our building codes stipulate ventilation and other factors which, in many cases, cause condensation, water exposure, and mold colonization on the foundation and structure of homes and businesses. The building can become an unsafe area for families or employees. Here at Certified Restoration, we have the experience and expertise to assess the condition of your crawl space and inform you of any existing damage or conditions conducive to damage. We are experts at preventing and correcting the damaging effects present in almost all homes and businesses with crawl space foundations. We can keep you and your family safe from exposure to unseen health hazards.
Call the Professionals from Certified Restoration for Damp or Wet Crawl Space Issues
Moisture is the top cause of damage and health hazards in a crawl space. These damaging conditions are not isolated to the foundation and structure of your building. They can migrate up from the crawl space into the living areas, causing water damage and mold growth. The “Stack Effect” continues an upward migration of the damaging effects from the crawl space into the attic, where condensation occurs during the colder months. This condensation can cause the roof sheathing to become wet. This, in turn, causes mold growth. However, the damage and health hazards inherent to a crawl space foundation are not difficult to fix, but you need a professional. Certified Restoration has the expertise and equipment to handle any problem in a crawl space. Some problems caused by crawl space moisture include:
- Water damage or wet crawl spaces, including foundation deterioration and rotted structure;
- Water damage in living areas, including buckled hardwood flooring, trim, and cabinet damage;
- Water damage in an attic, including roof structure rot, shingle damage, and ice damming;
- Musty odors in the living area;
- Mold growth on the crawl space foundation and structure, living area, and attic;
- Efficiency and comfort issues with the HVAC System;
- Insulation efficiency issues;
- Health issues including fatigue, allergies, asthma, and concentration;
- Insect infestations.
Up-To-Date Knowledge on Crawl Space Encapsulation
Conventional ventilation for crawl spaces does not work and can lead to condensation and water damage. European countries have known this for years and have embraced “closed” crawl space construction. Finally, our building codes are changing as we realize that a “closed” crawl space is the answer. We know that if we leave a window open in a basement, we will grow mold in a matter of days. By “encapsulating” a crawl space, we actually turn it into a mini-basement, isolating the ground and exterior from the crawl-space air. Once we isolate the air, we can add a real dehumidifier and control the humidity levels. This will control the dew point temperature. It is our experience that over 90 percent of all crawl-space foundations have moisture issues and need encapsulation systems. We call our encapsulation system a “moisture mitigation system.” If you have a crawl space foundation, there is a good chance that you need this encapsulation system. Certified Restoration has been installing moisture mitigation systems in Sandusky, OH; Huron, OH; Norwalk, OH; Bellevue, OH; and the surrounding areas for over 15 years. To schedule one of our building science experts to provide an assessment of your crawl space, call at (419) 616-0065 or contact us online.
IICRC Certified to Restore Your Home or Business in These Cities:
- Berlin Heights, OH
- Clyde, OH
- Elyria, OH
- Huron, OH
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- Norwalk, OH
- Oak Harbor, OH
- Port Clinton, OH
- Sandusky, OH
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… including surrounding areas within a 60-mile radius.