Common Signs of Crawlspace Problems
COMMON SIGNS OF PROBLEMS IN YOUR CRAWLSPACE
Is your crawlspace wet or contain high levels of moisture? If so, you are not alone.
Water is the essence of life and is of course one of our single most important resources, but unfortunately water is also one of the leading causes for problems and damages to a structure. Therefore it is very critical to protect your house from water by controlling and managing the flow and path of water in and around your home, especially houses with crawlspaces.
When water and moisture is not properly controlled and when a crawlspace is not properly protected, it can result in a multitude of issues. There are many common signs and symptoms of water problems in a crawlspace which include:
Crawlspace Water Problems – Signs & Symptoms
- Wet floorsAfter heavy rain events you may likely find water resting on the surface of your crawlspace ground. Standing water or wet soils often come from your foundation being oversaturated after a rain.
- Wet Insulation Wet insulation to the point of sagging signals a continued humidity problem in your crawlspace. Waterlogged insulation can damage the wood floor joists, promote mold and mildew growth, as well as increase your home’s electric bills.
- Wet Floor JoistsWet floor joists foster mold growth, which affects the air quality of the livable space above your crawlspace and in turn affects your respiratory health. In addition, wet floor joists threaten the structural integrity of your home signaling that your interior support system cannot safely support the weight of your home above.
- Wood Rot
Wood rot in floor joists is characterized by bouncy floors above the crawlspace and a musty odor. If left untreated, the floors can buckle and break, taking the joists and everything they support with them.