It can be easy to forget that a crawl space is even part of your home. You rarely go in there, right? Let’s face it! It’s cramped, dark, cold, musty and dusty. Because of all that, your crawl space can be hiding many problems from you, including dampness and water damage that could wreak havoc upon the rest of your home.
Fortunately, there are signs of crawl space water damage that you can recognize without going there.
Floors Dipping or Sagging
Moisture and water in a crawl space under a floor can cause flooring materials/supports to slowly sag. It can be so slow that you don’t notice it with the naked eye. But try placing a marble or ball bearing or other small ball at several points on your floor.If it rolls away or keeps returning to the same spot in the room, it’s time to check the crawl space beneath. It could be that your home has settled on its foundations or it could be that moisture is weakening the floor. Either way, get on it. If you suspect water damage in your crawl space, call professionals immediately.
Cracks in Foundation/Drywall/Plaster
Some water damage is mild, while some is more severe and consequential. When water invades a crawl space that you forgot you had, it can sit and fester. That water could be from leaking pipes, seepage, leaks in your home’s exterior or roof, even humidity. Over time it can build up and sit in/on wood and concrete. The result can be that the foundation, under the weight of the home, starts cracking. If you see cracks in your foundation (especially horizontal cracks – they’re the worst) or in your drywall or plaster, ask skilled professionals to inspect everything. The cause of it all could be simple moisture and water in your crawl spaces.
If there are creaks or weakness in your floors as you walk, when accompanied by a feeling of softness or sponginess or ‘give’, there’s a chance of wood rot. If there’s a crawl space nearby the affected areas, it needs to be checked for moisture. More common in homes without a proper concrete foundation, when floor wood rots, softens or becomes crumbly, it’s a safety hazard. Your crawl space will need to be cleaned and dried out thoroughly before restoration and reconstruction can take place.
Increased Asthma and Allergy Symptoms
Noticing more respiratory problems, allergies and asthma? If it’s not pollen season or there aren’t other obvious factors at play, the problem could be mold. Lots of it. Water doesn’t have to stick around very long in order for mold and mildew to take hold. And being the sneaky stuff that it is, water can find its way anywhere – especially into a crawl space where you never go. Given the right circumstances of moisture and humidity, mold and mildew can grow very quickly. The spores can find their way between floor boards and into the ventilation system.
Mold remediation for crawl space water damage is nothing short of urgent. Mold can be toxic.
This symptom of a distressed, water damaged crawl space doesn’t get mentioned enough. Insects can gestate in much the same way as mold and mildew. A combination of moisture, humidity and quiet, dark spaces are great for larvae. So, if there’s an uptick of creepy crawlies and flying nasties in your Denver home, get inside your crawl spaces and check for water damage and moisture.
Don’t wait. Look for the signs of crawl space water damage now and get your crawl spaces inspected by Denver’s trusted pros.
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