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Why Does My Crystal Lake, IL Crawl Space Smell Musty?

Crystal Lake, IL is located in southeastern McHenry County and it’s named after a beautiful lake about 1.6 miles west of its town center. This quaint town is home to TECO pottery. The American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Company was founded here in 1881 and it was eventually responsible for the creation of TECO pottery, a popular pottery style which is seen in many museums around the country.

As a Crystal Lake area homeowner, you care a lot about your home’s interior and exterior, and if you have a leaky, musty crawl space under your home, you need to get it taken care of fast by a professional waterproofing company, such as Perma-Seal.
 Ever wondered where the musty smell from crawl spaces comes from? The kind where no matter how much air freshener you use, or dehumidifiers you place around the house, the smell continues to emanate and wreak havoc on your personal space?   Musty smells usually peak during the summer and winter months when warm air naturally rises in a house either from the weather or from artificial heating. This pushes the air in crawl spaces to get sucked into the main area of your home, thus causing the musty smell.   

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Your Crawl Space Could be Affecting Your Family's Health

Crawl spaces are dirty damp and musty, often causing you & your family to breathe unhealthy air; call Perma-Seal and take advantage of our Crawl Space Encapsulation System. 1-630-207-1177

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Protect Your Family’s Health with a Properly Lined Crawl Space

Protect Your Family’s Health with a Properly Lined Crawl Space

You may not want to think about it, but the odors and gases (and all the critters) in your crawl space have a free pass into your home—particularly in the winter months when houses are sealed tight. During heating season, the natural airflow of a home draws crawl space air directly into your upstairs living space (what’s known as the “stack” effect). In fact, about 50 percent of the air you breathe in your home is said to originate from the basement or crawl space. A properly cared-for crawl space can help maintain your home's structure.

What lies beneath

So, what are the issues you need to ferret out? Moisture, for one. It’s a major contributor to mildew, fungi, and mold, which has been blamed for everything from rashes and runny noses to severe asthma and liver problems. Moisture is also a magnet for spiders, snakes, termites and other nasty pests. Radon is another problem that can originate in dirt or gravel crawl spaces. You can’t see or smell radon—it’s an odorless, colorless gas—but it has major health implications: it’s said to be the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to the EPA.

Simple solutions

Fortunately, there are relatively simple ways to identify and mitigate these serious health risks. Moisture and mold are commonly spotted with a quick visual inspection or through a “sniff” test: a damp, musty smell is a good sign that there’s excess moisture lurking about. And while radon itself is invisible, radon test kits can uncover the problem. They are widely available, and easy to use. Once you’ve pinpointed the problems, the best first step is to encapsulate your crawl space with a durable, puncture-resistant wall liner that will act as a barrier to insects, gases and odors. You can also help the problem by including a drainage system (a sump pump and a drain tile system) that will redirect any water or moisture that does make its way in. A good last step is spray foam, which minimizes moisture and acts as a nice energy-saver. These are projects an avid DIYer can take on. But, if the idea overwhelms you, there are many professional companiesthat can provide you with a permanent solution—particularly if your problem is radon ... that’s something best left to the experts.

What not to do

Regardless of who does the work, there are a couple of things you’ll want to make sure NOT to do. Pumping in concrete, for instance, is an all-around bad idea. That’s because the process introduces hundreds of gallons of water that will ultimately soak into your floor joists and add to the already high humidity levels in your crawl space. Also, pumped concrete floors are different than basement floors; they are chalky and dusty and can introduce more chemicals into the air. Another no-no: spraying closed-cell foam in the crawl space. Spray foam is commonly sprayed at the point where the foundation meets the floor joists. Sealing this joint with a closed-cell material will cause wood rot and severe damage to your home’s structure. Be sure that you use an “open-cell” or “open-weave” type of insulation. No one really wants to think about what lurks in the underworld of a house. But taking a few simple steps to identify and mitigate the problems can protect your family and transform your crawl space into a safe, dry and critter-free area of your home.
Content and images courtesy of guest blogger Perma-Seal.
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Do you know what’s going on in your crawl space? Not sure you want to know?

Do you know what’s going on in your crawl space? Not sure you want to know?

While you may not want to think about it, you should be aware that what happens in your crawl space directly affects your family’s health and the value of your home.

The natural airflow of your house draws moisture, gasses and odors from the earth into your upstairs living environment. When it’s cold outside and your house is closed up, the odds are you’re breathing very unhealthy air. Did you know, studies have shown an open, untreated crawl space can also rot your floor joists, breed mold and increase energy costs? You can transform your dirt or gravel crawl space into a healthy, useable, dry area of your home with our Crawl Space Encapsulation System. We can also add insulation…to help you save on those monthly energy bills.

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Featured Product: Crawl Space Encapsulation

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Studies have shown that an open, untreated crawl space can rot your floor joists, breed mold and increase your energy costs.

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Fact: Most crawl spaces are damp and musty.

Fact: Most crawl spaces are damp and musty.

But yours doesn’t have to be.

When you encapsulate your dirt crawl space with the exclusive Perma-Seal system, you’ll not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also keep out odors, gasses and little critters too. Perma-Seal is offering 10% off Crawl Space Encapsulation during the month of July. Offer Expires July 31, 2011, some restrictions apply. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit www.permaseal.net.

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Crawl Space Repair Chicago

When you encapsulate your dirt crawl space with the exclusive Perma-Seal system, you'll not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also keep out odors, gasses and little critters too. Perma-Seal is offering 10% off crawl space encapsulation during the month of July. Offer Expires July 31, 2011, some restrictions apply. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit //www.permaseal.net.
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Crawl Space Contractor Chicago | Crawl Space Sealing | Perma-Seal Basement Systems

Unsealed crawl spaces can cause allergic reaction, due to a damp environment suitable for mold and mildew growth, as well in the habitation of insects and other critters. A moldy crawl space is not only hazards to your health but can also cause damage to your foundation if left untreated. Perma-Seal Basement Systems can solve all your crawl space repairs.

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Perma-Seal Develops New Crawl Space Solution

Downers Grove, IL
June 30, 2009

The reasons for encapsulating your crawl space have been well documented. The hazards of living over a damp or dirt crawl space are many, i.e. mold growth, soil gases and excess energy costs far exceed the cost of having a permanent liner installed. Over the last five years, Perma-Seal has sealed more crawl spaces than any other contractor in the country by far! Now, in our never-ending quest to improve our products & services, we have enhanced our system.

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