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Healthy Home Blueprint: All About Basement Waterproofing and Crawl Space Encapsulation

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How does the air in your basement or crawl space feel or smell? We all know that odor—caused by mold and mildew that forms as a result of standing water and high humidity levels. While you might just consider this odor to be a minor inconvenience, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pose a threat to the health of your home and family. 

A Healthy Home starts below the surface. That’s why basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation shouldn’t be overlooked.  

Basement Waterproofing and Crawl Space Encapsulation Benefits 

Why should you consider basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation? Here are a few benefits you may discover as a result of taking action: 

  • Improved Humidity Control 
  • Mold Prevention 
  • Virus and Bacteria Mitigation 
  • Structural Protection 
  • Pest Management 
  • Cost Savings 

All About Basement Waterproofing 

No matter what material your home is made up of—like brick, concrete, or stone—the threat of water entry continues to prove as a risk to all homeowners. Because the ground puts extra pressure on walls, basements and crawl spaces are known to force the moisture inside 

For homes with basements, it’s important to first locate the source of the water damage and install the right AprilAire whole-house Healthy Air solutions to prevent any future impacts. Remember, each case of water damage is unique, so consulting with an experienced AprilAire Healthy Air Professional is recommended as they can help decide the best path to protect your home. 

All About Crawl Space Encapsulation 

Crawl space waterproofing, often referred to as crawl space encapsulation, is just as important as basement waterproofing for the same reasons listed above! Crawl space encapsulation helps seal off walls and floors to prevent water from finding its way inside and, as an added layer of protection, encapsulation solutions can help keep stale, humid air from lingering in your home. 

By creating a water-tight seal, crawl space encapsulation efforts remove the chances of moisture entering your home and causing damage to your Healthy Home. 

A Comprehensive Way to Control High Humidity 

Adding an AprilAire Whole-House Dehumidifier to your basement waterproofing or crawl space encapsulation plan can help remove excess moisture from your air. These solutions are the foundation of a Healthy Home! 

“Because a damp basement [or crawl space] promotes biological growth, including molds . . . any moisture problems should be corrected before you proceed,” writes the EPA. 

Healthy Home Dos & Don’ts 

Don’t let your below-grade spaces impact your livable ones! 

DO: Call a Healthy Air Pro if you suspect water 

Standing water, leaks, or puddles in your basement or crawl space are key signs of a problem. As always, a professional can help you mitigate risks and stop the damage before it gets out of control.  

DON’T: Neglect smells of mold or mildew 

Musty odors are a sure sign of water damage. Call a professional before the mold and mildew spread and threaten your respiratory health. 

DO: Maintain indoor humidity levels 

High humidity levels create a breeding ground for mold, mildew, bacteria, and more—while low humidity levels bring the threat of viruses into our homes! By ensuring your home’s humidity levels fall between 40% and 60%*, you can protect your home and family from both extremes. 

DON’T: Forget to divert rainwater 

When you divert rainwater, you can better protect your home from taking on water and avoid pooling which can cause dangerous damage. 

Final Thoughts 

Basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation can do wonders for your home and health. Bonus: It can also prevent you from experiencing unwanted pest infestations and even save you money on your monthly utility bills!  

A long-term investment that protects your home proactively is far better than a short-term blow to your budget. A Healthy Home starts below the surface. 

Find an AprilAire Healthy Air Professional

Start your Healthy Air journey with one of the 4,500 pros nationwide so you can fill your home with fresh, clean air.

*While balanced humidity exists between 40 and 60%, it’s important to remember that outdoor temperature and other home factors will impact what relative humidity level is attainable and recommended for your house. Talk with your AprilAire Healthy Air Professional to learn more. 

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