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High Crawlspace Humidity and Heat in Alabama

Crawlspace Humidity Problems

Are you looking for ways to make your home safer and healthier? If so, be sure not to neglect the crawlspace – the air you breathe throughout the home comes from the crawlspace, making proper crawlspace care instrumental for a healthy living space. One of the most important things to consider in crawlspace maintenance is the relative humidity – espceially during the warmer months in Alabama. Be sure to measure the humidity in your crawlspace to determine what sort of issues it may have.crawspace humidity alabama
If your crawlspace is excessively humid, it could mean that there is also mold in the crawlspace. Both of these problems could be disastrous for your crawlspace and the rest of your home.

High humidity means excess moisture in the crawlspace. This moisture can start to cause wood rot and metal rust in your crawlspace. If this happens, the floor joists in your crawlspace will become weaker, which could lead to leaning beams and posts in the crawlspace itself and a sagging floor above. This instability can cause other structural problems as well, such as gaps and spaces and cracks in the walls, floor, and ceiling.

If your mold starts to grow in your crawlspace, it can create a different set of issues for you and your family. Because air from the crawlspace cycles throughout the entire home, it is important for crawlspace air to be clean. When there is mold in the crawlspace, the air in that area can become infested with mold spores. This mold-infested air will then travel throughout the home. Mold is dangerous for you and your family to breathe, especially if any one of you has asthma, acute allergies, or another respiratory condition. If you are breathing in air infested with mold spores, you might notice symptoms such as red eyes, wheezing, coughing, rash, and runny nose.

These are just a few of the issues that could result from high crawlspace humidity. Other problems you might see include standing water, damp insulation, water stains, or musty odors.

Causes of and Fixes for Crawlspace Humidity

Finding the right solution for the humidity in your crawlspace starts with knowing the cause. Some common causes of crawlspace humidity include:

  • Bulk Water Leakage: Large amounts of standing water in your crawlspace may be an indicator that there is something wrong with your plumbing or drainage systems. Having your home sitting on top of excessive amounts of moisture and standing water is always dangerous – have any drainage and plumbing issues fixed as soon as possible. If you need an interior or exterior waterproofing system installed, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair right away. We specialize in all sorts of drainage for your home, from French drains for the foundation walls to sump pumps for the crawlspace interior.
  • Outdoor Air from Vents: In the past, it was always recommended that crawlspaces be vented to help regulate moisture and temperature using outside air. However, bringing in air from outside through crawlspace vents can increase the humidity in the crawlspace. If you have vents in your crawlspace, you probably need to look into crawlspace moisture removal options. One way to keep moisture from affecting your crawlspace is to encapsulate it with a vapor barrier (either plastic or foil sheeting). You may also need to install a dehumidifier in the crawlspace.
  • Moisture from Ground: Even moisture from the ground outside can cause crawlspace moisture problems as it seeps through foundation walls or evaporates into the crawlspace. This excess moisture will raise the humidity level and increase the chances of mold growth. The best solution for this problem is to have a vapor barrier installed with professional crawlspace encapsulation services and to ensure that your waterproofing systems are removing excess moisture from the soil around your foundation.

Once you have discovered the source of the crawlspace moisture and humidity, it is important that you have any traces of mold removed and invest in a repair solution. Here at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair, we can take care of both. We offer professional mold soda blasting to eliminate mold from your crawlspace, as well as crawlspace encapsulation, floor joist supports, crawlspace piers, and crawlspace waterproofing.

Keep an eye on your crawlspace humidity during the hot summer months in Alabama and contact us now for more information on crawlspace repair.

Service Highlight: Mold Soda Blasting

Mold Soda Blasting for Alabama Remediation

Is your crawlspace or attic damp and humid? Have you noticed musty odors in your home? If so, you may have a mold problem. This is a serious issue, as mold spores in any area of your home can infect the air that you and your family breathes. In most cases, mold problems must also be taken care of before you sell your home.

Mold Blasting AL These are some symptoms you might develop if there is mold growth in your home:

  • Nasal or sinus congestion
  • Running nose
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sneezing fits

Whether you are looking to sell your home or just to improve the air quality in your home and keep your family safe from health issues, we have the mold removal solution that you need. Affordable Foundation and Home Repair offers the most effective means of mold removal – mold soda blasting.

The soda blasting process, commonly known as mold blasting or soda blasting, uses baking soda and high-pressure compressed-air to strip mold off of walls, floors, and other surfaces in your home. Similar to the way sand blasting used to remove rust or paint from equipment or automobiles, soda blasting uses baking soda to remove mold from the wood surfaces in the crawlspace, attic or other areas of your home.

How and Why Soda Blasting Works for Mold Removal in AL

The abrasive blasting process for mold removal consists of a few essential and straightforward steps. Once it is determined that there is a mold problem in your home, our team will come in and begin the process to remediate the mold. We offer free estimates to determine the severity of the mold problem in your home.

Mold Soda Blasting ALNext, we remove mold from the surfaces by blasting them with baking soda. This method is effective enough to remove the mold due to the high-pressure that is used to blast the baking soda, yet gentle enough not to damage the area since the baking soda is very fine. Because baking soda is a natural cleaning agent, soda blasting for mold removal leaves the area clean and combats the musty odor caused by the mold growth.

The crawlspace or other area of the home is then vacuumed and wiped carefully to ensure all traces of mold have been removed. This step gives the team a chance to check over the crawlspace for any residual spores.

Not only is mold soda blasting an effective and efficient method of mold removal, it is also environmentally friendly. Because it does not the harsh chemicals involved in some other types of mold remediation, it is much safer for both you and your family and the earth.

Call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today if you suspect a mold problem in your home. We have what it takes to get rid of mold in Alabama crawlspaces.

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