Have you ever returned to your house after a long day away and been hit with a blast of damp smelly air?
According to studies by the EPA, “Air quality inside homes is a minimum five times worse than the air outside — and North Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors.” Poor air quality is a direct link to respiratory and other health issues.
The average home’s foundation absorbs 10-15 gallons of water vapor DAILY? This absorption through your home’s foundation accounts for around 80% of the air-borne moisture in your home.
Damp musty smells along with that humid feeling in the air are just couple examples of poor indoor air quality. Both are a direct result of excessive moisture in a home’s basement /crawl space. As water constantly seeps in thru foundation cracks, pipe intrusions or other areas it begins to deteriorate the concrete forming areas which hold the moisture. Some of the more obvious signs of these are places in the concrete which remain discolored and never dry completely, white puffy spots where the wall appears to be flaking off and dark splotches which could indicate mold growth.
However there are also interior pollutants both manmade and natural which have negative effects on your health. Because of the of today’s stricter building codes most of homes are designed to as air tight as possible. The unintended consequence of this is new homes cannot breathe as well as they used too trapping most gases inside. A good example are chemicals like formaldehyde found in the building materials, paint and varnish fumes. Man-made odors include but are not limited to smoke from cigarettes and cooking, fumes from hairsprays etc. Not to mention other issues such as dust mites, pollen and pet dander.
While a quality dehumidifier may easy the problem of excessive dampness in the air it is by no means a complete solution.
A dehumidifier has a series of coils which condensates the moisture in the air and deposits into a collection bin. Un-maintained both of these represent ideal conditions for further mold and bacteria growth.
A dehumidifier will simply re-circulate the same stale air over and over again. The you have to factor in an average cost of around $ 40.00 per
An E-Z Breathe Ventilation System is designed to do much more than that:
The system is installed in the basement. Once turned on it will draw the conditioned air from the upper levels of the home down to and across the basement floor expelling it out through the foundation. The E-Z Breathe decrease the levels of mold, humidity and other air-borne toxins by replacing the old in-effective air loop with a air replacement system
With today’s technology there is no longer any reason to live with damp musty unhealthy air in your home. Contact Ulb-Dry Waterproofing at 807-978-7558 to see how an E-Z Breathe Ventilation System can have you breathing easy.
Written by Walter Slowinski