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The Crawl Space: A Petri Dish Beneath Your Home


If your home is built on a crawl space and it is not properly sealed and ventilated, the quality of the air inside your home can be seriously degraded from exposure to moisture, mold, mildew and toxins like radon gas. Left unchecked these concerns can cause or accelerate symptoms such as allergies, respiratory problems and even neurological problems.

Radon Gas for example is a naturally occurring gas caused by decaying soil. It exists everywhere in the country in varying degrees and is a known carcinogen. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer. There has been a big push in the past few years by the building trades and the EPA to create broader awareness of the hazards of radon gas which claims more than twenty thousand lives each year from cancer. November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and there are many resources available to learn more about what you can to do reduce or eliminate your exposure to these toxins.

Emecole has dedicated itself to improving indoor air quality with the development and improvement of products and materials designed to seal out the dangers lurking under your home. These products include sealants and crawl space sealing systems designed specifically to protect the space and eradicate the dangers.

A qualified waterproofing contractor can inspect your crawl space, perform a radon detection test and make recommendations for the best possible solutions for your home and indoor air quality. The Emecole Emeshield Pro Plus sealant system qualifies for the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit which expires December 31, 2010. If you would like help locating a qualified contractor in your area call Emecole at 800-844-2713. We’d be glad to help.

Have your crawl space tested and sealed…and breathe easy.