Is Your Basement Making You Sick?
Is your home making you sick? A breath of fresh air can be invigorating, but if you have basement mold and mildew, the air you breathe may be toxic.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates indoor air may be 100 times more polluted than outdoor air, yet we spend 90% of our lives indoors.
Poor indoor air quality can affect your health, and one of the biggest culprits is basement moisture.
The Department of Energy says, “The potential for moisture problems exists anywhere building components are below grade, whether you have a basement, crawlspace, or slab-on-grade foundation.”
Moisture leads to mold
Basements can be damp places, and moisture and mold go together. Basements contain dust and dirt, the type of organic content necessary for fungal growth.
According to government researchers, “Most basement water leakage results from water flowing through holes, cracks, and other discontinuities into the home’s basement walls or water wicking into the cracks and pores of porous building materials, such as masonry blocks, concrete, or wood. These tiny cracks and pores can absorb water in any direction – even upward.”
In other words, moisture in the basement doesn’t stay in the basement. Basement air naturally rises, and your home’s ductwork system helps facilitate that movement.
As a result, you and your family may be susceptible to Sick Building Syndrome, a medical condition where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or feel unwell for no apparent reason.
Often, the cause of Sick Building Syndrome is attributed to flaws in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Signs of Sick Building Syndrome include:
- Dry cough
- Nasal allergies
- Eye, throat, or nose irritation
- Itchy, dry skin
- General feelings of malaise
- Difficulty concentrating
ECP helps eliminate basement moisture
The best way to protect your family is to ensure moisture stays out of your basement.
Earth Contact Products offers the best in basement and crawlspace waterproofing options. High-performance vapor barriers, free-standing Santa Fe dehumidifiers, sump pumps, and interior drainage are all designed to stop moisture and condensation in its tracks.