Most homeowners don't consider the state of their crawlspace until a problem arises or a home inspection report brings it to their attention. Left untreated, though, a crawlspace with inadequate moisture control can foster the growth of mold, degrade the R-value* of your existing insulation or even ruin it entirely, damage your HVAC duct-work, and eventually erode the structural integrity of the floor joists of your home. Similar to most home repair and maintenance problems, a crawlspace with mold growth or high moisture levels will become progressively worse if it is left untreated.
*R-value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
The most important factor in the condition of a crawlspace is moisture. We happen to live in one of the most humid areas of the country, so leaving moisture control up to nature alone is almost always a mistake. The grading of your lawn, the direction of your home's downspouts, and the condition of the insulation on any ductwork installed inside the crawl, can all be contributing factors to high moisture levels.
Homeowners with wood flooring need to be especially careful of moisture levels within their crawlspace. In extreme cases, excess moisture in a home's crawlspace can cause wood flooring to buckle or cup. This is why many flooring companies require a crawlspace inspection prior to installation of any new flooring. You also need to consider a crawlspace evaluation if your flooring is not level, if you have a swampy or moldy smell coming from your air vents, or if you plan on selling your home in the near future.
A thorough inspection can evaluate whether your crawlspace needs attention due to mold or high moisture levels, or if it is in good condition already. We can determine any sources of excess moisture, gauge the level of damage if any is present, and establish a remediation strategy that fits both your home's unique variables and your repair budget.
Clean Air Solutions of NC specializes in cost-effective, complete crawlspace solutions, including:
Crawlspace repairs such as antimicrobial remediation, moisture/vapor barriers, and re-installation of damaged R-19 insulation automatically include our standard one-year limited warranty. One-year warranties also include a free 6-month check-up inspection on covered repairs and is transferrable to new homeowners in the event you sell your home before the expiration of the warranty.
For further peace of mind, we also offer extended crawlspace repair warranties. After the initial 6-month inspection, extended warranties include an annual free check-up appointment and are also transferable.
Honeywell automatically covers their TrueDry dehumidifiers with a 5-year parts warranty. We further warranty the equipment with a one-year labor/installation warranty, and extended warranties on dehumidifiers are also available.