A crawl space beneath a building can be many things- convenient storage or just a musty space you might never even end up visiting.
Unfortunately, under the right conditions, it can also become a huge problem.
There is a long list of issues that can be associated with a wet or even partially damp crawl space, including but not limited to mold, mildew, rotting joists and sills, and damage to your insulation.
Obviously, none of these things are good news! Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to deal with these problems.
What’s Going On?
The first step is to inspect your crawl space and determine where the moisture is entering from. Water stains are a telltale sign of where, specifically, the moisture is entering the space, and it can help you figure out if only parts of the crawl space are affected, or if it is the entire area.
Step number two is identify and then address the causes of the moisture itself to prevent any further damage.
Incorrectly sloped land can cause rainwater to drain towards your building, as can gutters without downspouts, or downspouts that don’t effectively carry water away from the building.
Condensation or sweating from pipes, or even a lack of proper rain gutters altogether can also help water to enter the space and cause damage.
Before attempting to deal with the damage from the moisture, it is very important to air out the space and remove any debris that may be left inside, such as old wood, cardboard, or storage boxes. All of these things can hold moisture and lead to even more mold and mildew, which is the last thing you want underneath your building!
It is also vital that you remove any insulation, particularly fiberglass insulation, that has been exposed to water, since these material are very prone to growing mold as well.
Your crawl space may benefit from a sump pump or dehumidifier to help keep the moisture at bay. in the case that there is a physical cause for the water such as lack of proper rain gutters, you should address that problem to prevent any more damage in the future.
Stop the Leaks
Finally, you should make sure that all the water damage is repaired, and any mold or mildew is removed before further damage is done- -to the building itself, or to your health.
Contact the Flood Medix for help on this job. We will walk you through the whole process of assessing the damage, repairing it, and will even work with your insurance. Give us a call at 770-361-6180, because we are always happy to help!