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Drying Wet Crawl Spaces in St. Louis

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Drying Wet Crawl Spaces in St. Louis

  1. 1. Damp St. Louis Crawl Space Solutions Does your home smell musty? Can you tell it has rained just by walking into your house?Are there unknowns living under your floors in your dirt crawl space? Fear of what can be foundkeeps most people from looking - they dont even want to go down there and look because they areafraid of what they will find.Your St. Louis area home can have under-floors and ducts dripping with moisture. You may havemold growing on the wood - and critters both microscopic and more easily seen if you dare to lookclosely.If you were to eliminate the moisture down there, your familys health problem would goaway. We can help.A dirt crawl space under a St. Louis Missouri home is a very bad idea. The earth has very highhumidity in the soil. This water vapor moves easily into the crawl space and upward into the houseenvironment. A damp environment is very unhealthy and destructive. Insects and critters of all kindslove damp environments and wet materials.Rot and decay occur in damp environments causing structural damage. Mold thrives by producingairborne spores by the millions, and some molds are toxic. The natural airflow in a house is frombottom to top. This sucks the moist air and everything in it up into the living areas of the home.Heating and cooling costs are higher in a home with a vented dirt crawlspace.
  2. 2. Mold spores, odors, humidity and critters create a very unhealthy environment for people. Many people are allergic to these things, and experience a host of symptoms and dont realize that their dirt crawl space is affecting their health. Dirt crawl spaces do not have to be wet or flooded to be extremely unhealthy.There are only two primary ingredients needed for rot and mold to thrive: one is organic material,like the wood beneath a home, and the second is water. Replacing the wood in a house is practicallyimpossible, so the only avenue to preventing structural damage and those musty smells is toeliminate the moisture. Previously the tactic was to add vents to a crawl space, which were supposed to allow the moisture to dissipate. These vented crawl spaces, instead of becoming less damp, end up being wetter for several reasons. The stack effect, a houses natural tendency to draw air in from the crawl space and lower levels upward into living spaces, means that instead of letting moist air out, a house sucks more moist air in! Another problem with venting a crawl space is that it allows all kinds of bugs and critters direct access to a home.Even if a crawl space is not flooded or visibly wet, that additional humidity can spell trouble for yourhome - and your health. The fungus responsible for rot and mold not only eats away at the structureof a home, but spreads by producing millions and millions of airborne spores. These spores areprime suspects for aggravating allergies and many people dont even know what it is that bothersthem when they are at home.The Healthy Home Crawlspace SolutionThe Healthy Home Crawlspace Solution is the most comprehensive, energy efficient crawlspacesolution on the market today for St. Louis area property. This crawlspace encapsulation systemsolves the issues with damp crawl spaces. It addresses all the issues that plague unhealthycrawlspaces.q Damp, musty smellsq High indoor humidity in the summerq Creaking floorsq Bugs and rodentsq Cold floors in the winterq Increased respiratory problems and even asthmaq Standing water after a heavy rain
  3. 3. DehumidificationEven after encapsulating the crawlspace and sealing off thevents, most crawlspaces will still need dehumidification. Thecrawlspace is basically a vacuum that draws in outside air,and It is nearly impossible to seal out all of the outside airfrom the crawlspace. During the summer months, outside airwill infiltrate into the crawlspace and cause increasedhumidity levels.Ram Jack of St. Louis offers the Santa-Fe Dehumidification System. It is the most advanceddehumidification system on the market today. The Santa-Fe will not only effectively dehumidify up to5,000 sq. ft. of crawlspace, but it is a hospital grade air cleaner. The Merv-11 filtration will captureany airborne allergens that might still be present in the crawlspace. All of this comes with an energystar rating, and one of the lowest per pint costs for dehumidification.

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