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Why Should You Worry About Water in Your Crawl Space?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Workman with protective suit crawing under house from crawlspace underneath a wooden deck - only his legs and feet showing To fix a wet crawl space, you need to prevent water from entering your home

Your crawl space includes that small spot below the first floor of your home. It is generally big enough for one person to crawl inside. However, it gives you the ability to see the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems for your home. It is also a cheap option for homes in Pasadena, TX. The main problem with these areas is that they are subject to a flood. If you have a wet crawl space, you should be concerned and remedy the problem.

What’s the Problem With Water in Your Crawl Space?

You may find water in your crawl space due to heavy rains, excessive groundwater, or plumbing leaks. A wet crawl space can raise the humidity in your home. This can cause several issues, including:

  • Higher electric bills
  • Wood rot in your floor joists
  • Mold

How Can You Fix It?
To fix a wet crawl space, you need to prevent water from entering your home. Check your home's foundation for cracks. These are the most common water source. Otherwise, it could be from a leaky pipe or condensation on water pipes that are uninsulated. Water leaks from pipes can also lead to wet insulation, which you will need to replace. If you still haven't found your water source, you should check for grading or drainage issues. Whatever your water source is, you should have it fixed immediately. If you don't, you will likely have extensive water damage and be forced to hire a professional remediation team.

How Can You Encapsulate Your Crawl Space?
The best way to protect your crawl space from groundwater or other sources is to encapsulate it with a plastic vapor barrier along the ground and walls. When doing this, be sure to leave the vents open to let any extra moisture out.
While it may seem like an extensive operation to prevent your crawl space from flooding, it is worth it to protect yourself and your home from the problems associated with higher moisture levels. Encapsulation and remediating any obvious water sources are the best ways to prevent water damage.

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