Water in your crawl space, whether from a leak or flooding is never a good thing. A wet or damaged crawl space can lead to a host of issues around your home including higher energy bills, temperature fluctuations and a breeding ground for decay, mold, fungus and even bugs. Although sometimes these issues can be solved with a simple repair, other times the size and scope of the leak may necessitate a total revamp of the crawl space.
Five major problems that call for an entire crawl space revamp
If you have any of these five, time is up to have a revamp of the crawl space:
Moist, damp, soggy, and wet crawl space insulation provides an excellent environment for the growth of mold. With time, this mold releases toxic mycotoxins which spread through your ventilation system or float into your home causing respiratory issues. Sometimes, the mold grows on your joists and piers causing rot and structural issues, making crawl space revamping repairs necessary.
- Water damage
Water issues in the crawl space are not uncommon in any home. Still, if not repaired, leaks that turn into pools of standing water can wreak havoc on your home’s structure. This water can cause wood rot, which can compromise the structural integrity of your home.
In such a case, replacement is highly recommended. If water damage is a regular issue in your crawl space, then you may want to consult a crawl space repair contractor in St. Louis, MO, about a total revamp. They can remove and replace your floor structure and supports if need be.
- Changing indoor temperatures
If the indoor temperature of your home is constantly changing, this is a sure sign that your crawl space needs revamping. Often, this is caused by open vents or the crawl space insulation shifting and allowing cold air or heat into your home. Leaks in your crawl space can cause the insulation to be ineffective.
The tiny pockets in the insulation material that trap the air to maintain the temperature become clogged with water, rendering them useless. This sabotages the HVAC’s attempts at regulating your indoor temperature. Although adding more insulation can sometimes rectify such an issue, this solution only lasts a short while. Total replacement is highly recommended.
- High energy bills
High energy consumption is usually a sign of poor crawl space insulation. Inadequate or complete lack of insulation in the crawl space allows outdoor air to sneak into your home. As a result, your air conditioner is forced to work harder in summer to keep the temperatures cool, whereas the heater has to work overtime in winter hours to heat up your rooms.
- Animal infestation
Pests love and thrive in dark and humid environments. A study by the Center for Disease Control reports that more than 35 diseases are transmitted by rodents. Separate studies show that almost half of the air in your home comes from the crawl space. So if rats, mice, snakes, bats, possums or squirrels have turned your crawl space into their home, we highly recommend getting it repaired.
Not only will these pests tear up the underside of your home, but they will also leave feces and grime all over your crawl space, putting you and your family’s health at risk. For instance, droppings from these animals float in the air triggering asthma and allergies.
Want to keep your home comfortable, energy-efficient and structurally sound? There are so many ways you and your home can benefit from crawl space cleaning and repairs. Fix the leaks in your home and carry out the revamp. Get in touch with us to schedule a free inspection and receive a crawl space repair estimate with recommendations to keep your crawl space dry, clean and safe.