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Basement and Crawl Space Hazards

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The November 2010 issue of Basement Health News (formerly Foundation News) includes two important informational articles in regards to whole home health - the first article pertaining to trouble spots associated with indoor air quality, the second about safety hazards within the crawl space.

The article "Air Quality issues in finished basements" by Jeffrey C. May reinforces the fact that the air circulating throughout the home has originated from the basement (or crawl space). This would not be a problem if it weren't for the fact that the air quality within a basement is usually very poor. May adds that the backs and bottoms of furniture, carpeting, and various linens (i.e. furniture and bedding) are all susceptible to collecting biodegradable dust which supports mold growth.

Homeowners may gain needed space by finishing a basement, but in the long run, as far as I'm concerned, the expense ends up being a waste of money. It's sad that most finished basements I investigate end up in a dumpster.

This is where basement pre-finishing comes in. Before the homeowner finishes the basement, it is wise to have a basement waterproofing contractor inspect for any existing or potential problems. An Emecole Certified Contractor has the expertise and resources to apply the necessary applications and systems to minimize the threat of moisture and soil gas infiltration - two of the main culprits in compromising indoor air quality. The common air quality problems found in basements often can be prevented when the necessary steps are properly applied.

The second article worth mentioning is Daniel Friedman's "Safety hazards lurking in the crawlspace." Standing water, debris, and contaminated fiberglass are a few of only many potential safety and health hazards a contractor may face when entering a crawl space.

You may view the entire Basement Health News online courtesy of the NAWSRC website.