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CRAWL SPACE CONVERSIONS

Turn Your Crawlspace Into a Full Basement?

A Crawl space conversion, also known as a “dig out” can literally transform your cramped, musty old crawlspace into a basement.
As home owners with a crawl space know, they aren’t very useful when it comes to storage space. And, they attract mold, mildew, water problems and, quite often, rodents and wild life. Plus, homes with crawl spaces sell for less than those with basement.

What are the Benefits of a Crawl Space Conversion?
 1. Vastly Increased Storage space
 2. Increased Home Value (and Re-Sale Value)
 3. Dramatically Increases Living Space
 4. Decreases Energy Costs

What is a Crawl Space Conversion or Dig Out?
A conversion, or dig out, is the process of digging out the area beneath your home where your crawlspace is. We dig the area to a depth of 7 – 9 feet, or the size of a full basement and can provide access to an outside entrance with pre-fab doors, like Bilco, etc. A concrete or cement floor and walls are put in place, giving you a solid foundation and fresh, dry basement.

Increased Storage Space
One of the biggest advantages of a crawl space conversion is the vastly increased space available for storage. As any home owner with a crawl space can tell you, they are not so great for storage. Converting to a basement gives you much more space to store your valued possessions…and you can do it in a dry environment, free of the fear of water damages.

Adding a Basement Increases Home Value
Digging out your crawlspace and turning into a basement is a sure-fire way to dramatically increase the value of your house.
Homes with basements sell for more. They offer more storage and living space and, in general, less water issues than crawl spaces. When you convert your crawl space, you are essentially adding a new floor to your home…without the extreme expense of putting on an addition.

Dig Outs Provide More Living Space and Better Energy Usage
Imagine if you could snap you fingers and magically add an entire floor to your home. Rather than just adding a plain basement, many people use their crawlspace dig outs to convert to a functional, multi-room floor on their home! They add a basement but also add a bathroom, kitchen, living room, bar, home office, etc to that new basement. This again raises home value, adds to the beauty and functionality of your home, and makes it much more attractive to potential buyers.

Plus, a new, waterproofed and energy-efficient basement cuts down on the energy waste caused by crawl spaces, saving you money on your energy bills plus helping the environment.

Visit us at: www.pabasement.com

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What to do if you see or smell mold in your home
The most important step is to identify the source(s) of moisture, which result in mold growth, and make repairs to stop them. If you only clean up the mold and do not fix the moisture problem, most likely the mold growth will recur. If the source of the moisture is related to a building failure or fault, such as a burst pipe or leaking roof, a professional contractor should be consulted. In instances where the moisture source does not appear to be related to leaks, floods, structural faults or rising damp, it is most likely due to condensation. If you do not see mold growth but smell a musty odor, mold may be growing underneath or behind water‐damaged materials, such as walls, carpeting, or wallpaper.

Once the source of the moisture has been identified and fixed, you need to decide if removing the mold from the affected areas is something that can be done without professional assistance. If the mold growth was caused by sewage back‐up or other contaminated water, potential pathogens may be present and the work should be performed by a professional contractor that has experience in cleaning buildings damaged by contaminated water.

If the mold growth is due to condensation or small‐scale leak and is limited to a small area (fewer than ten square feet), you can probably do the work yourself following guidelines such as those that have been prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and AIHA. On hard surfaces, such as countertops and furniture, use detergent and water to wash mold off and then dry completely. The use of biocides or chemical disinfectants is not recommended as these may be hazardous to occupants. Moldy porous or absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles, wallboard and carpeting should be removed and replaced. People cleaning mold should wear rubber gloves, goggles and an approved respirator to protect against breathing airborne spores. An N95 respirator would be appropriate for most cleanup projects, provided that you are medically capable of wearing a respirator. If you have health concerns, you should consult your doctor before doing any mold cleanup.

Over the past decade or so, the industry has given rise to many individuals and companies who tout themselves as experts and certified in various aspects of mold investigation and remediation, but who may have little or no practical experience. If you choose to hire a consultants to help identify your problem, or a contractors to perform the cleanup in your home, make sure that they have specific work experience in dealing with and cleaning up mold.


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What is Mold?
Mold is a sub-group of the fungi kingdom. There are tens of thousands of different types of molds. Mold spores are generally classified into three different categories when pertaining to health: toxic, pathogenic and allergenic. Mold occurs naturally as spores in the air. It thrives in cool, dark, wet areas like your basement. Any space that has a relative humidity level of 55% or higher is a breeding ground for mold. Once mold growth begins in an area, it can spread to the rest of the house, causing issues ranging from mild allergies to serious health problems.
Toxic – A toxic mold is one that produces a mycotoxin that has been associated with adverse effects in almost anyone if present in elevations.
Pathogenic - A pathogenic mold will affect those who are already immune-compromised. Many mold types fall into this category. Immune-compromised individuals include, but are not limited to, cancer patients, elderly, pregnant women, small children with undeveloped immune systems, people with heart disease, others who suffer from illness, and some animals.
Allergenic – An allergenic mold is one that may affect some but not others. This effect is very similar to an animal or pollen allergy. An allergenic mold can sometimes divide a family because only one person may complain of symptoms while others do not have concern for the problem and ultimately do not address it. Some individuals may build a tolerance to an allergen, while others become more susceptible after chronic exposure.
Mold needs three things to grow: moisture, temperature and a food source. The best way to prevent mold is to Mold occurs naturally as spores in the air. It thrives in cool, dark, wet areas like your basement. Any space that has a relative humidity level of 55% or higher is a breeding ground for mold. Once mold growth begins in an area, it can spread to the rest of the house, causing issues ranging from mild allergies to serious health problems.. Wet basements can be perfect breeding grounds for mold. If your basement already has mold, removal and remediation may be necessary, along with the repair of the wet basement issue.
Mold remediation and removal is easiest and least expensive the sooner you start. Don’t wait until the mold has infiltrated the wall board, ceiling tiles and other porous materials before stopping it.
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