For homeowners in humid climates like North and South Carolina, controlling moisture in the crawl space is essential. If a damp crawl space is neglected, a series of nasty problems can arise, ranging from mold infestation to potentially expensive damage to your home. Understanding the causes, problems, and solutions related to a damp crawl space can better prepare you to protect your home and family.
Typical Causes of Crawl Space Moisture
While any closed in area on a humid day will accumulate moisture, there may also be a more identifiable source of water entering the area. Note that this doesn’t have to be a flood, as even a dripping pipe or a leaky gutter can be enough to leave your crawl space in a damp condition. Other sources of water sneaking into your crawl space may come from the garden, sprinklers, or even rainwater flowing under your home. Still another cause of a moist crawl space may arise from faulty or poorly installed equipment in your home, such as pipes, valves, and drains.
Mold exists anywhere in the world where there is moisture, so a damp crawl space certainly provides a fertile breeding ground for various types of mold. While some types are harmless, others can have a negative impact on the air quality inside your home. The way mold spreads is by emitting spores that drift around until they lands on a moist surface. Molds love damp, dark spaces. With these properties in mind, it’s clear that crawl spaces and basements can be havens for mold to grow if not treated properly.
Water in your crawl space can lead to the worst problem your home can encounter, structural damage. Moisture takes its toll on any surface, and homes made of wood are most vulnerable to structural damage. Not only can the moisture itself cause damage, but if left unchecked, inevitable mold can also eat away at your foundation, as it survives on many of the materials that are used in the construction of your home. Fortunately, if moisture or water damage is so bad that it threatens the structure of your home, an unusual odor will also be present, so you will be able to tell that action needs to be taken immediately. Handling a damp or wet crawl space in time can prevent serious damage to your home in the future. Don’t wait for sings of serious damage. Instead, preventive maintenance is ideal and can save you a lot of hassle and money.
Tips for Controlling a Damp Crawl Space
There are steps homeowners can take to minimize the moisture that builds up in the crawl space. Simple strategies for controlling moisture include repairing any leaks, faulty drains, or obvious sources of moisture. There are also more involved actions a homeowner can do to waterproof their crawl space. Some examples include crawl space encapsulation in addition to insulation, ventilation, dehumidifiers or air sealing measures. In humid climates, combating extra moisture in your crawl space is essential. The cost of ignoring this responsibility can be significant.
A Crawl Space Contractor Can Help Prevent Damage to your Home
Since the causes of moisture can vary greatly in terms of expense and complexity, it is advised to have a professional do a thorough inspection. Doing this can save you lots of time and money on home repairs. Avoid the tedium of mold, poor air quality, and structural damage by limiting crawl space moisture before it becomes an issue. When you keep your crawl space dry, you can you ensure that your home is more energy efficient and that the air your family breathes is clean and healthy.
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