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The 5 Dangers of Crawlspace Water Damage

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

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The nightmare of crawlspace water damage does not need to become a reality for your home.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Barrow County know that no one ever plans on their home sustaining water damage, but it can happen to anyone at any time. If your home does experience water damage, it's essential to take action as soon as possible to minimize the damage and prevent further problems.

We understand that the crawlspace is one of the most challenging areas of a home to keep dry. Unfortunately, crawlspaces are often forgotten until there's a problem, but they play an essential role in the overall health of your home. A properly functioning crawlspace helps to keep your home stable, support your HVAC system, and protect your home from moisture and pests.

Unfortunately, crawlspace water damage is a common problem in crawlspaces. Water can enter the crawlspace through cracks in the foundation, holes in the vapor barrier, or from heavy rains or flooding. Once water enters the crawlspace, it can quickly lead to severe problems.

What is a crawlspace?

A crawlspace is a small, unfinished space between the ground and the foundation of a home. Crawlspaces are typically about 3-4 feet high, making them difficult to access. They are used primarily for storage or to house HVAC equipment.

The five dangers of water damage in a crawlspace

  1. Structural Damage: Water can cause severe damage to the structural components of your home, including the foundation, floors, and walls.
  2. Mold and mildew growth: One of the most common problems associated with water damage is mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew thrive in damp, dark environments like crawlspaces.
  3. Pest infestation: Pest infestation is another common problem associated with water damage. Pests love moisture, so a wet crawlspace is the perfect breeding ground for pests like termites, carpenter ants, and rodents.
  4. Air quality issues: When mold and mildew grow in a crawlspace, it can lead to air quality problems inside your home. Mold spores can travel through the vents and into your living space, causing poor air quality.
  5. Damage to HVAC systems: Excess moisture in a crawlspace can damage your HVAC system. The condensation from a wet crawlspace can cause rust and corrosion, leading to expensive repairs or replacement.

Preventing crawlspace water damage

Now that you're aware of the dangers of water damage in a crawlspace, you're probably wondering how to prevent it.

There are a few different ways to prevent crawlspace water:

  1. Install a vapor barrier: A vapor barrier is a heavy-duty plastic sheet placed on the ground of a crawlspace. It helps to prevent moisture from seeping into the crawlspace from the ground.
  2. Improve drainage: Make sure your gutters are clean and in good repair and that they are directing water away from your foundation. You may also want to install a French drain around the perimeter of your foundation to help with drainage.
  3. Repair cracks and holes: Inspect your foundation regularly for cracks or holes. If you find any, seal them with concrete or epoxy.
  4. Control the humidity: Install a dehumidifier in your crawlspace to help control the moisture level.
  5. Check for leaks: Check your plumbing and HVAC systems regularly for leaks. Even a tiny leak can cause a lot of damage over time.

How SERVPRO of Barrow County can help you with crawlspace water damage

As you have learned, crawlspace water damage is a severe problem that should be professionally addressed as soon as possible. If you suspect water damage in your crawlspace, you must call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Barrow County.

SERVPRO of Barrow County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle all your water damage restoration needs. We will work quickly to assess the extent of the damage and develop a plan to restore your crawlspace.

We understand that dealing with water damage can be stressful, so we will work with you every step to ensure you are happy with the results. Contact SERVPRO of Barrow County today to learn more about our water damage restoration services or to schedule an inspection!

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