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Wet / Moldy Crawl Space?
Too often, the crawl space is considered an after thought to homeowners. The fact is, however, air circulating through the crawl space can have a lasting impact on the overall air quality of your entire home. Leaving a dirty, wet and moldy crawl space unattended not only is a waste of potential storage space, but may have an effect on the health of your family. Sealing and insulating the crawl space provides a clean and usable area, protecting your family from radon gas, toxic mold, unwanted pests and harmful airborne allergens.
Whether your basement is a poured concrete foundation or concrete block, basement seepage is a continued problem. Illinois is the United States' "capital" of poured foundations and concrete wall cracks. Foundation water leaking, rising water through the cove/cracked floor or air quality problems as a result of mold and/or radon infiltration should not be a lingering problem. With Seal Tight Solutions' basement waterproofing products, the D-I-Y homeowner can permanently repair those leaking basement wall cracks, rising water, and improve basement and home air quality.
Out of Site, Out of Mind!
Most people never think about checking out there crawl space from time to time. Did you know that over 50% of the air you breath while in your home comes from your crawl space. Checking your crawl space for Mold & Mildew problems now, could prevent serious health problems later. Where there is moisture, there is always the chance of Mold & Mildew. Seal your crawl space and increase the Air Quality you breath. Check out our STS Pro Shield Liner System and Benefits.
Check Out Your Sump!
The summer rains are coming so get prepared! Make sure your sump pump is in good working condition. Check that the float is working properly and that the bottom of the pit is not full of debris ( sand, dirt, etc.). Clean out bottom of pit if needed, if not, debris can get inside your pump and shorten the life of the pump. If the float switch is sticking, try cleaning it but maybe you should consider replacing the switch . If your switch fails, you will have water problems. When you check out your sump pump and for some reason it does not work or it is making noises, I would suggest that you replace the pump as soon as possible. Check out our Sump Pump Kits and products.
Radon Gas. What you should know!
Radon Gas is a colorless and odorless gas that comes up from the earth and usually, harmlessly, enters the atmosphere. But, radon Gas travels the path of least resistance, so by digging down for a crawl space or basement, increases the chance it might come up into your home. By sealing your crawl space or basement with our STS Pro-Shield Liner System, eliminate the chance of Radon Gases from entering your home. Check out our STS Pro Shield Liner System and Benefits.
What is the purpose of a Crawl Space?
Some people are in the dark when it comes to the purpose of the crawl space and just think that it is a place that insects, rodents and other pest live and never even want to look or go down in. The primary function is to allow room to do repairs to plumbing, electrical, phone lines, cable lines, etc… from outside, under or to the floor above. For two story homes, the second floor repairs are another, more costly problem. It’s name “Crawl Space” is just what it implies, usually 3 - 4 feet in height, but I have seen them as low as 1 - 2 feet in height, just enough space to give access and air flow under the home. Another purpose was to allow fresh air a way in under your home, helping dry out damp crawl spaces and allowing cool air to be pulled up inside your home as part of the 50% replacement air inside your home, as well as helping to lower your energy costs . See Air Quality for more information. Now, sealing and insulating your crawl space with our STS Pro-Shield Liner System, as well as closing the air vents in your crawl space ( check with a licensed HVAC contractor before closing air vents, if unsure), has been proven to be more energy efficient. By not allowing cool air in during the winter ( keeps the crawl space warmer ) and warm moist air out during the summer ( keeps your crawl space humidity down ), makes your homes inside temperature and humidity level more consistent and lowers the chance for mold and mildew to grow under your home. Making your home healthier and the air quality you breath, cleaner.
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