Most people don’t want to spend a lot of time dealing with their home’s crawlspace. The area beneath the home is dark, dirty, cramped, and not very fun to hang around. Unfortunately, your crawlspace can affect your health in some commonly overlooked ways. Here are some helpful things to keep in mind if you want to avoid any issues.
Many wild animals love to spend time in crawlspaces. After all, crawlspaces are confined, warm, dark, and much safer than being out in the open. Unfortunately, mice, rats, snakes, and other common pests leave behind droppings and other messes that build up. Natural fumes from this waste can negatively affect the air in your home.
Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that comes from the natural breakdown of minerals in common soil. While generally harmless in the open air, radon building up in your crawlspace can be dangerous. If radon enters your home, it can damage your lungs and potentially cause lung cancer.
If you live in a region with high humidity, moisture buildup in your crawlspace can become a big problem. Unchecked humidity can allow mold and mildew growth that releases harmful irritants into the air. Extensive mold growth may even damage the structure of your home over time, making this problem bad for your house and health.
One overlooked way your crawlspace can affect your health is if you live in an area with poor air quality. Low-quality air can seep into your crawlspace and enter your house. If you don’t have an air purifier, the low air quality can negatively impact existing health concerns like asthma or allergies.
Crawl Space Ducts
Many homes have an HVAC system, but if the ducts run through your crawlspace, they can cause significant problems. Seal your ducts if they go through the crawlspace; otherwise, all of the issues we mentioned previously can infiltrate the vents. Consider consulting a professional to ensure your HVAC system isn’t exposed to potential hazards beneath your home.
If you need a radon mitigation system for crawl spaces, Affordable Radon Services is here to help. We make it our mission to educate homeowners about the serious dangers of radon while offering services to protect them from common hazards. For more information or to schedule an appointment with us, contact us anytime, and we’d be happy to assist you.