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crawlspace encapsulation

The Advantages of Encapsulating Your Crawl Space

The crawl space is an area in a home that is sometimes forgotten and if not maintained can cause many issues like development of moisture, mold growth and become very dirty. It can then become a very difficult task to control the moisture and monitor the humidity and temperature. A solution that many homeowners do is encapsulate their crawl space.

Crawl space encapsulation works as an envelope of protection between the crawl space and the outdoors. It is an extra barrier that can help you save on your heating bills and ensure your home is energy efficient.

The purpose of the encapsulated crawl space is to create an environment that can be controlled  by using a vapor barrier on the floor and walls.

Benefits Of Encapsulating Your Crawl Space

  • Crawl space Encapsulation prolongs the life your crawlspace
  • Reduces Temperatures to limit humidity levels
  • Reduce costly floor repairs in your home (moisture rots wood)
  • Increase the lifespan of your HVAC equipments and ducts (air handler and air ducts may be in crawlspace)
  • Lower energy bills
  • If planning on selling your home, encapsulated crawl space may be an attractive selling feature for buyers.

You may rarely visit your crawl space but it is important to maintain your crawl space clean to avoid problems that can be costly in the future. Encapsulating your crawl space can greatly improve the overall air quality in the crawlspace and inside the home. We see it as a one time fix for a long term solution.

If you have a crawl space you should think about having it cleaned, treated and encapsulated. If you have any more questions regarding the process of encapsulating your crawl space contact us and we can be of assistance.

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Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

With all the recent rain throughout the state of California, homeowners need to be aware that mold is a serious problem when the interior of the buildings are wet. When an area is left wet or damp mold can begin to grow.

Mold can cause structure damage to a home and can lead to costly repairs. Mold inside a home can also cause health problems because mold is a indoor air pollutant.

You Can Control Indoor Mold Growth After it Rains to Avoid Water Damage.

  • First, make sure that materials that get soak do not contain any hazardous material like asbestos.
  • If in doubt, contact an asbestos remediation company so that they may test the material first.
  • Heavy rain can cause the wallboard, insulation and flooring to begin to rot and cause these microorganisms to grow.
  • Removing moisture can help eliminate the process of mold growth.
  • If there is a musty smell there might be mold growing without you knowing.

Any areas that have been damaged by a heavy rain or simply by water should be dried out immediately. Contacting a professional will re-assure that the area is dry to avoid mold growth.

Seacliff Environmental will remove all wet materials from the site and provide the necessary air circulation to deter dampness before bacteria can multiply. Alliance Environmental also utilizes ThermaPureHeat® to get rid of mold, fungus, mildew, odors and viruses.

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Leaks and Mold After a Storm

We had the biggest storm in 5 years last week–and our three-year drought means it’s been a good long while since we had a lot of rain coming down.

During a drought, everything dries out: gardens and lawns get parched, the flora on the mountains gets brown and fire danger is rampant. When it rains enough, we will get our green hills back, at least until summer. But the rains also may have exposed cracks that led to water leaking in where three years ago it did not.

Did you have any unexpected leaks turn up last week?

Leaks and Mold Growth

Mold is everywhere and it only takes three things for it to grow:

  1. Food–Mold can use any organic material for food.
  2. Warmth–Mold can grow in temperatures from 32 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but it loves temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees–just about what it is inside a home or building
  3. Moisture–This is the element we can control. Moisture can become a problem in high humidity, with poor ventilation and after natural disasters like storms and floods.

After a storm, leaks that have been hiding can be revealed.

Preventing Mold

Here are our tips for preventing mold growth in your home:

  • Fix leaks promptly–it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to grow
  • Keep your humidity level between 40% and 60%
  • Use fans in the bathroom during and after showers
  • Add mold inhibitors to paint in rooms that will become damp
  • Keep your bathroom clean, but don’t use bleach or ammonia to remove mold!  Bleach will only hide the mold and, combined with ammonia, creates a toxic gas that can kill!
  • Never carpet a bathroom
  • If you have had a flood, replace your carpets and other porous materials

If you have a problem with mold that you cannot handle yourself, please call a professional mold-removal company. Seacliff Environmental provides all the necessary services to kill and remove mold and any contaminate materials quickly and safely. A mold problem can quickly become a health problem–don’t let it! Prevent mold growth and call Seacliff.

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Crawl space Moisture and Mold

A crawl space in a home can be an inviting place for moisture and mold to exist. Crawl spaces maintain conditions that allow for mold to grow and can cause other problems. When moisture levels are high and water is present, you will begin to see a colony of mold.

 Requirements for Mold to Grow in a Crawlspace

1. Water: Plumbing leaks or a drainage problem can cause standing water to exist and cause mold to grow and major foundation problems. Fix them immediately!

2. Moisture: Moisture that evaporates can ruin pressed wood and invigorate mold to grow.

3. Outdoor Air: When air from outdoors enters a crawl space and cools down and humidity levels are high,temperatures inside can escalate.

Symptoms of a crawl space moisture problem can cause mold to grow, musty odors to exist, and increase humidity levels. If you suspect to have mold in the crawl space of your home, it’s important to remediate the mold.

Seacliff Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor. Seacliff Environmental will develop a remediation plan detailing method, scope, time and controls to be used, based on fungus type and location. Our services include proper containment and removal as well as thorough site decontamination

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