If you think you have a moisture issue ask yourself these questions: Does your home have a weird smell? Does your house always feel drafty?
Instead of looking around, you might want to investigate your crawl space.
More likely than not, these awful smells and harsh drafts are coming from your homes crawlspace. Though, some people’s houses don’t have crawl spaces. Some have basements, and some are built on a slab foundation. If your home happens to have a crawlspace please note that this is a vital part of your home. Just because it’s not seen as much as your kitchen or bathroom, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be cleaned.
Moisture issues are inevitable in certain regions. North Carolina, for example, has hot days and cool nights. These conditions, mixed with the dark tight spaces of a crawlspace, and fluctuating humidity are a breeding ground for mold growth. Along with mold growth comes the increased chances for a gross mildew smell. This smell will soon find its way into your home via your air duct system.
Controlling moisture is the key to preserving the integrity of the home. Once moisture issues go unresolved, mold will grow. As mold grows and starts to digest the building material of the home, and the occasional stray pieces in the crawl space, you start to see issues like sagging floors, rotten wood, and the worst, indoor air quality issues.
A routine crawlspace cleaning is advised to maintain balanced air quality and a stable environment under your home
Scheduling a trained technician to come out and inspect your crawl space can clear up many questions you, as a homeowner, might have. Your technician will be looking for any possible plumbing issues, for holes within your HVAC duct work, for issues with the floor joist of your home, and for any possible signs of mold and/or mildew.