Leaking Crawl Space
Homeowners are often tempted to think of their homes in parts. This is because many parts of the home are not visible. However, your home is a system. Each part of this system is important in ensuring that your home is safe and comfortable. If you ignore any part of your home, you’re likely to face serious crawl space moisture problems down the road.
The crawl space is one part of the home that is often forgotten. However, it is one of the most important parts of the home as it offers support to the rest of the structure. It is therefore important in addressing any issues in this part of the home as soon as they are noticed.
A leaky crawl space is often a bad sign. Flooding in the crawl space can result in:
- Damage to the structure of the home
When wood is exposed to high levels of moisture for an extended period, it rots. It may also be infested by mold. This goes for both treated and untreated wood. This results in structural damage to the wood. This may become evident in the form of sagging floors, a musty smell in the home, cracks in your drywall or jamming windows and doors.
- Destruction of insulation
Many homes feature insulation that is made of fiberglass. This cottony material is great for keeping the cold out and the heat in during winter and vice versa in summer. However, it is easily destroyed when exposed to water. The material soaks up water easily. This water will be absorbed and stored within the material providing the perfect environment for the growth of mold and bacteria.
- Pest infestation
A leaky crawl space provides the perfect environment for rodents and pests. These creatures thrive in dark and damp places. They will breed and cause havoc in your home. When the wood in the crawl space is rotten, it will attract ants and termites, causing even more problems for you.
- Poor air quality
Most of the air that circulates in your home comes from the crawl space. The condition of the crawl space therefore has a direct impact on your home. If the air in the crawl space is full of foul odors, mold spores and pest feces, then the same can be said of the air circulating in your home.
Though your crawl space is out of sight, it shouldn’t be too far from your mind. Be sure to invest in crawl space waterproofing to maintain a dry and clean crawl space.