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Crawl spaces with dirt floors are common in buildings in Quebec. Unfortunately, because of our climate, spaces like this can have problems with moisture. Where you have moisture, you have microbial growth. In situations like this we will often find fungal growth on wood, microbial growth on concrete, and sometimes even highly undesirable fungi that cause dry rot.
Problems like these are common in crawl spaces where no special measures have been taken. Without intervention, contamination under the ground floor can move into living spaces in the home. When this occurs, both the air quality and the health of the occupants can be negatively impacted.
Fortunately, there are ways of improving crawl spaces that don't necessarily require expensive solutions such as excavation and pouring a concrete slab. In our evaluation we can suggest affordable temporary corrective measures that will allow you to control the effect the crawl space has on the rest of the house.
Sometimes we don't know where to look to find what is causing our health problems. What if your house is the problem? Indoor mould can affect your health and cause various symptoms including:
of the eyes and throat
Aggravation of symptoms related to asthma
Eczema and other skin issues
The stack effect can bring contaminants found in your crawl space up into your living space. In this case, air sampling can be a useful tool to assess the situation.
You probably don't visit your crawl space very often. Our professionals will take the time to exhaustively inspect every part of it that they can access. They will be able to suggest a sampling strategy that will not only allow you to assess the condition of your crawl space, but also the effect it has on the rest of the house.
Crawl spaces are distinct in both their layout and their structural type. Our professionals will be able to suggest a custom decontamination protocol that takes into account your home's unique situation. Our recommendations will provide you with the necessary factors to consider in deciding what work to have done. Additionally, Benjel doesn't sell materials or equipment; and they don't offer decontamination services. So, when you choose Benjel, you are sure to get an unbiased opinion, entirely free from conflict of interest.
Benjel's services are carefully adapted to fit every situation. Our clients' normal experience is as follows:
A member of our team will contact you to set up your appointment.
The expert will complete an evaluation of the situation and a thorough inspection of the premises. They will also note the history of the building, take moisture readings of materials, and record air quality parameter measurements. If necessary, they may take samples in order to confirm the presence of mould.
After receiving and interpreting results from the laboratory tests, your report will be prepared with a decontamination protocol, if needed.
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