This type of construction is an old European method which was mainly intended for food preservation during the long winter months. This humid and cold environment was very useful when in absence of electricity and refrigerators. This was mainly a survival issue at the time. As modern services and equipment came along, this humid and cold environment became more of a nuisance than an advantage.
Crawl space problematics
As years went by, serious problems were noticed to the buildings because of these crawl spaces. For example:
- Lack of proper insulation
- No heating
- No dehumidifier
- No ventilation
- No vapor barrier
- Wood or organic materials in contact with the ground
Once decontaminated and remediated, the crawl space becomes easy to heat and allows better control of the humidity. It can even become additional storage in the property.
In order to proceed with the proper crawl space remediation, we need to stop the continuous income of humidity which is mainly arriving from the ground. No property should have a ”garden” in their basement. Bare soil exposed is a constant source of humidity and mold, since mold is found in a natural fashion in the ground.