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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.   

Should you be concerned? Yes, you should. Here's why: the air in crawl spaces is filled with mold spores, dust mite feces, mouse droppings, rotting wood and mildew. It goes without saying then that the musty smell you inhale can cause serious health risks.  

As the musty smell rise, mold spores and dust mite feces rise up with it, entering your lungs with each breath you take. These can cause or trigger asthma and other health risks. People with allergies can also find themselves flaring up constantly unless the musty smell is treated.

Solution to Musty Crawl Spaces

Though there are many DIY solutions on how to take care of a musty crawl space, unless you know what you are doing, chances are it isn’t going to be very effective. For long-term answers, contact us and we'll help you get rid of the musty smell by taking on the root of the problem and making sure it won't happen again.

Mold needs moisture, humidity, and organic materials to feed off of to survive. Get rid of one of these elements, and mold can’t grow and make your home smell musty. We can seal your crawl space off with vapor barriers and floor liners. We can also install a SaniDry dehumidifier to take care of the excess humidity underneath your home.

Benefit to Homeowners

When you get your musty crawl space taken care of, you don’t have to worry about the mold spores travelling up and into your family’s living space. This also means that your home isn’t going to smell so musty and moldy. Improved indoor air quality can make your family breathe much easier!

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