Most structural issues that happen in homes are the result of a moist foundations. Damp crawl spaces also present severe health concerns because of mold and other pests that thrive in wet spaces. This is why crawl space repair is vital.
There are a number of factors that ought to be considered when determining the health of your crawl space and the system that ought to be used when repairing it. Don’t overlook these vital factors.
The following are some of the most common problems experienced by homeowners:
- The application of fiberglass in the crawl space for insulation
Fiberglass is one of the most popular materials used today for insulation in homes. Some homeowners use it for insulation of their crawl space hoping to save energy. However, fiberglass isn’t suitable for use in a crawl space. When exposed to high levels of moisture, fiberglass traps water and becomes saturated. The water trapped in the fiberglass can make your damp crawl space even worse. In addition to this, the damp fiberglass provides the perfect environment for the growth and development of mold and other pests.
- Applying spray foam insulation
Other homeowners who realize the problems with fiberglass in the crawl space may resort to the use of spray foam. Spray foam however, also traps water when in a humid environment. The water will be trapped between the foam and wall. This is likely to result in wood rot and other moisture problems.
- Leaving vents open
The circulation of air is important. However, the air flow should be controlled. Some homeowners believe that allowing circulation through open vents in the crawl space reduces the levels of moisture in the crawl space. Open vents however, only result in even more moisture collecting in the crawl space. So, vents should be covered. The crawl space should be completely closed off from the rest of the environment for best results.
- Poor drainage
Even after protecting your home from water, you can still experience moisture problems if you do not pay attention to drainage. Water can pool in the crawl space where drainage hasn’t been considered. A professional waterproofing contractor will help by designing the best drainage system for your crawl space. This ensures that water is directed away from the crawl space leaving the space dry.
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