Crawl spaces are built below ground level, so unless they are properly designed and maintained, they will allow groundwater in on a regular basis. The presence of water in your crawl space is due to excess water pressure from the melted snow. This then is pushed through the cracks in your home’s foundation that are already existent. Not only can numerous moisture problems like rot, mold, and decay occur, but also major structural damage to the foundation. Snow can ultimately be the reason that the structural integrity of your home has faltered. The design of crawl spaces is not capable of withstanding perpetual dampness, which is why deterioration occurs.
Crawl spaces are not impervious to the effects of moisture, and tend to suffer worse in the winter. As the snow melts, a variety of issues can arise including drainage problems and intensifying leaks. A damp environment can make your crawl space susceptible to mold, mildew, as well as attracting insects to your house. It should be a top priority to repair any damage to your crawl space so your home is kept safe. Mold removal is another urgent issue that should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Even if you do not utilize your crawl space, the effects of water damage can extend to your home. The mere existence of condensation in crawl spaces has the ability to spawn dangerous mold and warp hardwood floors on the level above. This means that the destruction from melting snow will be able to cause greater harm to your house. Since your crawl space is not easily accessible, it can be hard to monitor the condition of it. If you are trying to sell your home, this can seriously limit your chances of finding a buyer. Depending on the damage sustained in your crawl space, it can turn away prospective home buyers from considering your place.
There are ways to eliminate any snow from seeping into your crawl space, and keep it dry throughout the year. Correct runoff and drainage systems can direct water away from your home, but water can still make its way by. A sump pump will lead water away from your home with a pump. A vapor barrier provides protection against the elements to keep the area free from water. It also has the benefit of reducing your home’s energy costs as well. For the best results, enlist experts who can properly seal your crawl space so weather will have no affect during the next winter.
If your home is in need of mold removal, Green Home Solutions can be of service. We specialize in eliminating mold and mildew by utilizing safe and effective methods. Our treatments are eco-friendly, so you do not have to worry about any negative effects to the environment. We work quickly to locate the source of the contamination and fix the underlying moisture issue. Our business provides service to all of Central Kentucky, including Lexington, Versailles, Georgetown, and Nicholasville. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a home consultation.