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Unlined crawlspaces linked to health problems

Aug 13, 2008
Breathing in damp, moldy, unhealthful air from your crawlspace may be a source of an abundance of health problems. Only quality, patented crawlspace liners can make it clean, usable, dry and healthy.

Researchers are discovering that the number of health problems caused by unhealthy air in homes - like the air from unlined crawlspaces - may be even higher than earlier believed. If your home has a crawlspace, you're breathing air from it, and that air can be causing a lot of health problems - enough for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to commission the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study the relationship between damp or moldy environments and the health problems they cause.

In a home built over a crawlspace, up to 50 percent of the air comes from the crawl, and mold spores from crawlspaces can trigger allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections and other respiratory problems. Air flows from bottom to top, pulling moist air - and everything in it - up into your home's living space. Unsealed crawlspaces provide the perfect environment for mold growth and other moisture problems, and those problems are rising into your home.

New studies have shown alarming statistics about the air in homes, which may be from 10 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air in industrialized cities. Among the health problems caused by unlined crawlspaces are: nasal and sinus congestion; itchy, red, watery eyes; breathing problems like wheezing and shortness of breath; coughing; throat irritation; rashes and other skin irritations; and headaches.

But you can breathe easier - there's a simple solution to the problems: installing a reinforced crawlspace liner. A quality crawlspace liner will isolate your home from ground below and keep moisture, mildew, insects and animals from entering.

Here are the signs that an unlined crawlspace is causing health problems: foul, musty or "sour" odors; wet spots, mold or wood rot on the foundation walls, beams or joists; water, mold, mildew or algae on the crawlspace floor, or water beading or dripping from pipes; a general feeling of dampness, high humidity levels, or crawlspace dirt that is damp to the touch; a termite or carpenter-ant problem in the home; radon gas in the home; higher energy costs for heating and air-conditioning; warped hardwood floors; and damage to stored clothing and other belongings from dampness and mildew.

Having a closed crawlspace is essential in having a healthful - as well as energy-efficient - home. Mold spores, odors, humidity and insects from the crawlspace can create an highly unhealthful environment. Installing the proven crawlspace-liner encapsulation systems can eliminate the problems listed above.

While there are many liners on the market, it's safest to choose the highest quality. One of the best liners available is a lightweight, pliable 20-mil, fire-resistant vapor barrier treated with an antimicrobial agent. This patent-pending liner is almost half the weight - and twice the strength - of traditional 20-mil liners. There are many elements built into this material that make it extremely well-suited for crawlspace liners and make it superior to other liners.

With their patented reinforced crawlspace liner material and simple patented installation method, crawlspaces will be level, clean, usable, dry, properly conditioned - and healthy.

The only source for a clean, conditioned and closed crawlspace is Your Crawlspace. Hundreds of satisfied homeowners across the United States have Your Crawlspace's patented system (which was under development for almost two years) and are enjoying clean, dry, enclosed crawlspaces. Your Crawlspace is the nation's premier provider of crawlspace-encapsulation systems. For more information, please visit www.yourcrawlspace.com.
About the Author
Bennie Marshall operates YourCrawlSpace.com. Learn DIY crawl space encapsulation and save up to 80%.
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