The Risks of a Wet or Humid Crawl Space
“Out of sight, out of mind.” This saying is true of crawl spaces as homeowners can attest. If you don’t have a basement and your house is not built on a slab, then you probably have a crawl space (like around 15% of homes in America.) Yet most homeowners with a crawl space rarely give this part of their home a second thought. After all, it isn’t seen and doesn’t need much attention. However, that doesn’t mean that a crawl space can’t cause problems for the rest of your house. Crawl space, being below ground and out of the sunlight, can be prone to moisture problems. Below are five of the most common dangers of a wet or humid crawl space.
High levels of moisture or worse still standing water can have an impact on the materials used to build a home. Wood in particular will absorb moisture and over time this will have a detrimental effect. Moisture will cause wood and other materials to swell, warp, and deteriorate. Eventually, structures will rot and can even collapse.
Nothing thrives in a wet, dark place like mold, and when your crawl space gets moisture in it, mold will soon begin to grow. Nobody wants to have to deal with mold and especially not in your crawl space. Mold that begins there can spread to the structures above it, contributing further to structural breakdown.
Besides mold, other pests also like dark and damp places. Ongoing wetness in a crawl space can attract dust mites, insects, and rodents to take up residence. No homeowner wants to invite these guests or encourage their visit!
Reduced Air Quality
As you can imagine, the air quality of a house can be negatively affected by a wet crawl space. The higher than desired humidity can cause a musty smell to develop, and it won’t just stay there below the house. The odor is sure to pervade the whole house, not to mention any mold or dust mites that the air may contain.
Higher Heating Costs
Finally, another effect of excessive moisture in a crawl space is higher energy costs. This may be puzzling until you consider the fact that wet insulation does not work effectively. When insulation gets wet, it does not function to regulate temperatures as it should and therefore puts more stress on your heating and cooling systems.
These risks should give you motivation to check in on your crawl space every once in a while. Water or moisture in your crawl space can be the result of a number of factors, including leaky pipes, poor drainage, or improper ventilation. Taking care of a small moisture problem can help you avoid these negative consequences of a wet or humid crawl space. If you do find you have water, moisture or mold in your crawl space, call Moore Restoration at 317-791-3862; we are ready to assist. As with all home restoration issues, Moore Restoration’s technicians have both the expertise and the experience to deal with any water damage or mold damage that we may encounter.