Does your house always seem to have a rank musty smell that you can’t get rid of no matter how strong your air freshener is? Would it surprise you to know that there could be decay happening right underneath your nose and that it is responsible for that foul smell? A rotting sub floor would not be the first place people would look for the source of the smell.
Most of the time, we do not focus on what cannot be seen but focus more on what we can see. The problem is lying several feet beneath you. Subfloors can cause problems such as mildew, mold, foul smells and humidity. If you are not sure whether you need a sub floor ventilation system, below are a few reasons to get you thinking.
- Termite Damage
Despite their tiny size, if left to reign free termites can cause damages that will leave your pocket thousands of dollars lighter. Termites love damp, dark areas and a musky subfloor forms the perfect spot for their nesting ground. Once these little insects begin to eat away at your wood, it will weaken and shift. Hence the groaning and squeaking you hear coming from your basement, and no it is not a live in ghost. That’s the sound of your wood weakening. Other effects of termites eating into wood are a sagging floor, which causes hardwood floors or tiles to pull away.
- Mold Remediation
As you are reading this you are probably thinking of that mold problem that seems too stubborn to stay away no matter how many times you clean it off and paint it over. You may not have considered that your damp subfloor is responsible for your recurring mold problem. Unless you deal with the source, it will keep on coming back. Mold thrives in damp and dark places. Your mold problem could also be as a result of pet waste, urine, or cigarette smells. With no ventilation to let fresh air in, the accumulated smells could also be helping the mold grow. As long as it is left unchecked, mold will always be a problem in your home.
- House Reconstruction
This is what you will need to do if your house becomes too damaged as a result of a wet subfloor that was left unattended for too long. It will be frustrating to keep on paying for reconstruction work without understanding why your house keeps falling apart. If termites are happily chewing away at the wood in your house, then it will become weak. This will pose a danger to all the inhabitants of the house. The foundation of the house will be compromised if the wood is too weak to hold it up. Increased moisture in your sub floors also cause the wood to soften, ultimately weakening it.
If you suspect that your sub floor may be compromised, you are advised to call in ventilation professional immediately to assess your house and determine which ventilation system would serve you best.