The crawlspace of a home is typically a dark and damp place that contains a bit of a musty odor. It is not the type of place you want to spend a lot of time hanging around. Excess amounts of water in this space are not a good thing and can bring about many problems to your home.
How does water get into the crawlspace?
The local water table can have an impact on how wet your crawlspace stays. High water tables mean the battle will be ongoing, especially after heavy rainfalls. Low water tables mean that water is accessing the crawlspace through plumbing leaks or foundation weaknesses.
What kind of damage can water in the crawlspace do?
Maintaining a high level of moisture in the crawlspace will promote the growth of mold and will encourage rot to the underside of your home. Once the mold takes hold of the space, it can be difficult to remediate the problem. It is best to catch this issue early.
Crawlspaces and Home Air Quality
As your HVAC unit is in operation, it pulls air from every area of the home, even basements, and crawlspaces. If mold is present, it will bring the mold spores and odors up into every area of the interior of the home. You will begin to see mold growing in cool, undisturbed areas of the home.
A great solution for a wet crawlspace is Dupage County crawl space encapsulation. Moisture barriers are placed throughout the crawlspace to block the area from water intrusion. It will eliminate the potential for mold and wood rot under your home.
Crawlspace encapsulation is one way to take an uninviting area of the home and make it one that is dry, clean, and free of mold. It is an affordable solution when it is impossible to avoid high levels of moisture.