Water In Your Crawl Space Can Lead To Costly Damage
Having a wet crawl space can be a nightmare and lead to big problems for the home and the health of those living in the house. Water can find its way into your crawl space in a number of ways, especially when your crawl space is not sealed off properly from the outside elements or you live in an area with high water tables. Water can seep in through the ground, through the footing, or even through small openings and vents that are left unprotected without doors or vent covers. But no matter how it finds its way into your home, it is a problem that should be addressed quickly.
Musty odors, rising energy bills, sagging floors, and unwanted pests are all warning signs of a damp or wet crawl space. Moisture in your crawlspace can lead to mold and mildew, wood rot, and poor indoor air quality. A wet crawl space can also be costly. Not to mention the loss of any items that were being stored in the area.
To prevent this damage to your home and your health, we recommend crawl space encapsulation. The encapsulation process involves completely sealing off the crawl space from the outside elements. A WhiteCap™ vapor barrier is installed on the floor and walls. Additionally, any openings or access points are closed off with proper crawl space doors and vent covers. Coastal Crawl Space Solutions also recommends other waterproofing solutions such as Ez-Flow and sump pumps to further protect your crawl space against floods and leaks.
High Utility Bills In The Winter? Time To Stop Crawl Space Drafts
You might think a drafty crawl space is no big deal, but an unsealed crawl space, especially in the winter months, can have a major impact on your upper floors. As heated air rises through a home, cold air is drawn into the poorly sealed crawlspace through gaps and holes. If vent covers and crawl space doors are missing or damaged, or you have inferior fiberglass insulation in the space, you are at an even bigger disadvantage. Drafts and air leaks below your home will ultimately make for cold floors and drafty rooms above. Additionally, a crawl space left unsealed is an open invitation for unwanted moisture, mold, and nasty bugs and critters.
But you don’t have to live with freezing floors all winter long or a nasty crawl space. Stopping outside air from infiltrating your home’s crawl space can greatly improve your overall comfort and indoor air quality. It will also help reduce your winter heating bills. Sealing the crawl space off completely with WhiteCap™ vapor barriers, adding our proper doors and vent covers, and using energy efficient closed cell spray foam insulation are the best ways to achieve a healthier crawl space and put more money in your pocket each month.