Preventing Mildew And Mold Damage
If the area in the main living space of your home becomes wet, you probably won’t let any water sit there for long. The same philosophy should also extend to your crawl space. If any water is permitted to pool and sit, over time, the structures that hold up your home will start to decay and rot.
In addition, this type of environment is perfect for mold and mildew to accumulate, but when you inspect the crawl space in your home on a regular basis, it alleviates these type of conditions and keeps the quality of the air at optimum levels.
If you are unsure about checking the quality of your crawl space, you can always have an inspection done by an expert who can assist you with maintaining this important area of your home.
Discovering Other Problem Areas
By making sure that the crawl space in your residence is dry and clean, you may discover that other parts of your home are actually producing a problem. This can occur due to condensation, a plumbing problem or rain.
If a water leak occurs in your residence, it may be hidden and unseen. However, if it trickles its way down to your crawl space, you will have a better chance at finding the source before it’s too late.
Finding An Undetectable Roof Leak
Typically, there are signs that you may have a roof leak in your home, but there are some locations where that leak may be undetectable. While water will drain down to lower elevations, it may not show up until it reaches a visible area such as a crawl space.
Sometimes, dampness in your crawl space may be a warning sign that you have a leak in your roof that needs to be patched.
Water Pipes That Are Leaking
Leaky plumbing is another problem in your home that may not be visible. If you have a wet crawl space that is excessively damp, it may be due to a corroded water pipe.
As your home gets older, the plumbing inside will start to corrode and age. Unfortunately, this can lead to minor breaks, which will eventually form leaks. This can go on for quite a while before it’s ever noticed. However, this type of leak may find its way down to your crawl space, which will make the area damp and musty.
If you ever have a spike in your water bill, it is advisable to call a plumber to see if you’ve got a broken water pipe. If a plumber is unable to find a problem, you may find it helpful to inspect the crawl space in your basement to rule out this or any other problems.
Condensation And Water Problems In Your Basement
In some cases, poor ventilation and humid air will contribute to condensation. When this occurs in your basement, dampness can develop in your crawl space. If the presence of moisture is left unattended for too long, it can produce unwanted, dank, musty conditions.
By inspecting your basement’s crawl space on a regular basis, you can make sure that condensation never plays a role in deteriorating the foundation of your home.
Keeping Your Foundation Dry And Safe
As you can see, the crawl space in your home can give you clues about other problems that may be festering. It’s a good idea to periodically check on this important area to make sure that it’s safe and dry. When you inspect your crawl space, you’ll be taking care of your whole house at the same time.