If your home has a crawl space, it’s probably not a place that you go in often. This unfinished space below many homes allows access for systems like plumbing, duct work, and electrical wiring, so it’s important to check it periodically for signs of problems.
Look out for the following things when you’re checking your crawl space, as well as attics and basements:
Check your crawl space for cracks on a sunny day. You’ll be looking for sunlight that comes in where the wall meets the floor, at joints in the floor, and joints in the wall below the ground-line. Even small cracks can allow rain or pests to make their way in.
Standing water is the most obvious sign of moisture to look for, but also check for signs of discoloration on the wall. For example, if your crawl space has concrete walls, look for darker spots that can indicate moisture. Damp insulation is another tell-tale sign of moisture.
Mold can often be found near leaking water, but you don’t necessarily need to see water to see mold. It grows easily in crawl spaces because there’s usually a high level of humidity and moisture.
How to prevent crawl space damage
The following steps will help reduce your risk of crawl space problems:
Checking your crawl space at least twice a year will alert you to problems before they become larger issues. STOP Restoration can fix problems so they don’t cause further damage and affect the structural integrity or even threaten the air quality inside of your home.
Venting in crawl spaces may seem like an innovative idea, but it often works against the goal of keeping a dry environment. STOP Restoration can install a heavy-duty moisture barrier known as crawl space encapsulation to seal the crawl space under your home. A dehumidifier can then help lower the moisture levels further.
Seal any gaps
If you find any gaps in your crawl space - even exceedingly small ones - seal them with caulk or spray foam. Even minuscule gaps can allow water or rodents to make their way under your home.
Watch for signs of problems in your home
Moldy walls, leaks, and musty smells in your home are all signs that point to possible issues in your crawl space.
Check your gutters and downspouts
Your gutters and downspouts should face away from your home to keep water away from your crawl space and your home’s foundation.
Clear your gutters
Gutters that have become clogged with leaves and other debris can cause water to flow toward your crawl space and foundation. Inspect them regularly and clean any clogs so water can flow freely.
Get Professional Help
By taking preventative steps and checking your crawl space regularly, you’ll reduce your risk of major problems. If you see any issues or would like to find out more about crawl space encapsulation, contact STOP Restoration today at 844-500-4775. We have skilled teams at locally owned and operated STOP Restoration locations around the country. Let us help protect your home.