Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Molly McCormick
We are quickly leaving behind the chilly days of spring and jumping into the hot, humid days of summer. With this beautiful weather and humid climate you need to keep in mind the damage that could currently be taking place both on your home and on your immune system.
If your crawl space is not sealed properly or you have moisture in your basement you could be putting you and your family in risk of many serious health conditions. Listed below are the leading causes of increased allergy problems, irritated skin, cold/flu-like symptoms, and other harmful issues.
Damp basements and crawl spaces are the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold feeds on organic compounds, like wood, and is part of the natural decaying process. This means that once you've noticed mold in your home, crawl space, or basement it is very important to seek our help immediately. Because mold is breaking down organic compounds, this creates a musky smell. You know that pungent smell that is usually associated with basements? Mold is typically the culprit.
If mold is breeding within your basement or crawl space then the air that is seeping into the first level of your home also contains mold spores. Inhaling the spores can be just as bad as inhaling the mold itself. This can lead to serious lung issues and many other health conditions.
Dust mites are microscopic organisms that are undetectable to the human eye. They thrive in warm, humid environments, such as a basements or crawl space during summertime. Dust mite particles can be found on virtually any fabricated surface in your home. They are also considered the #1 indoor allergen, being the common cause of childhood asthma.
If you have a warm, humid crawl space you could easily be sharing your living space with millions of dust mites.
This change in weather brings beauty and life outdoors, however with this beauty comes pollen. Pollen gets everywhere; some makes it to plants, most sits on your recently washed car, and a lot makes it into your home. Even if your doors and windows are properly sealed, if your crawl space is not then it will seep into the first level of your home.
If you feel you are experiencing any of the above problems in you home, call Master Services today for a free inspection of your basement or crawl space. Protect your family from any further hazardous health issues!
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