Your crawlspace is probably one of the more mysterious and oft-neglected parts of your home. It’s not uncommon to be in the dark about what goes on down there. However, maintaining your crawlspace is one of the most important actions you can take to keep your home pest-free. There are many other advantages of crawlspace care, too. For example, it reduces moisture, which protects your home from wood rot and structural damage. Crawlspace care also insulates the area and saves energy. In addition to benefitting your home, crawlspace care directly benefits you—or rather, your health. Here are 3 health benefits of crawlspace care:
1. Prevent Respiratory Illnesses. Excess moisture and lack of sunlight make your crawlspace an excellent place for mold to grow, which threatens your respiratory health. According to the CDC, there is evidence that inhaling mold spores can exacerbate respiratory problems such as asthma and even cause respiratory problems in individuals who did not have them before. Since up to 40% of the air in your home circulates from the crawlspace, it’s extremely important to keep the area free of mold.
2. Keep Allergies at Bay. In addition to respiratory problems like asthma, mold can cause an array of other unpleasant symptoms. Some of these include red and itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and skin rashes. People with a mold allergy may experience more severe symptoms. And mold isn’t your only concern since other allergens in your crawlspace, like dust, can result in similar symptoms. Luckily, proper crawlspace care can greatly reduce allergies.
3. Fend Off Disease-Carrying Pests. Moisture attracts lots of pests, which means there could be lots of critters crawling around in your crawlspace. Aside from being unsanitary, many of these pests carry disease. For instance, cockroaches spread bacteria that can cause salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. By taking care of your crawlspace, you protect the people in your household from diseases.
At Canady’s Termite & Pest Control, we offer exceptional crawlspace care services, including crawlspace encapsulation, crawlspace insulation, and moisture control. Contact us today to learn more about our services.