Common Crawl Space Problems and Their Solutions

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It’s the lowest part of your home and chances are that it doesn’t get much thought…until there’s a problem. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at common issues that might happen in your crawl space and how to fix them quickly.

Crawl Space Problem #1: Moisture and Humidity

The first problem that we’re going to discuss is the most common one: moisture and humidity. Moisture can manifest in a number of issues for your home. Of those, excessive humidity is among the most damaging. When humidity builds up in your crawl space, it can lead to rotten and warped wood. Damaged wood in the foundation level of your home can lead to structural failures. The quick solution: repair any damaged wood as soon as possible to stop the decay process.

Problem #2: Moisture and Smells

The second problem also involves moisture but it adds in strong odors. If you enter your home and find a musty smell, you might be fighting a battle with mold. Mold spores can spread easily in any damp environment and lead to a variety of structural and health concerns. Structurally speaking, even a tiny amount of mold can spread throughout your home. Moisture in your basement can lead to mold in your kitchen or other areas. Mold commonly causes vision, skin, and respiratory problems if left unchecked. The quick solution: if you suspect mold, contact an expert to test and develop a mold removal plan for your home.

Problem #3: Moisture and Weather Events

The third problem pairs moisture with inclement weather. One of the perks of living in New Jersey is that we get to experience all four seasons. One of the challenges of living in New Jersey is that we get to deal with four drastically different types of seasonal weather. Your crawl space is designed to handle a lot of the elements, but sometimes systems fail. Quick solution: If you have a sump pump in your crawl space, it’s a good idea to check it every few months. Don’t wait until there’s a hurricane or a blizzard on the way–if the system is failing then, you’re in real trouble.

Crawl Space Solution: Call HS Waterproofing for Assistance

In each of these scenarios and countless others, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. You can hire trained professionals to assist you in moisture-proofing your crawl space. The team at HS Waterproofing has been handling moisture mitigation for over 20 years. We’ve seen it all and we’ll be there for you. Don’t wait until it’s too late–contact us today!