If you are like most people, you don’t give your crawl space a second thought…until you have a problem, that is. The crawl space of your home can be used for storage, but if it is wet, cracked or damaged, then you are in danger of your belongings or home being damaged. Make sure your crawl space is a healthy part of your home.
If you don’t go into your crawl space, you may not even know you have cracks, until it turns into a bigger problem. Cracks in the walls and floors of your crawl space can allow moisture and pests into your home.
It takes a crack no bigger than a hair to allow water in and some pests need less than a 1/8″ crack to invade your crawl space.
If your crawl space becomes wet, you may smell a musty odor or begin to deal with reactions to mold spores that are released into the air. If you have items stored in the crawl space, they may receive water damage or mold damage. Pests such as cockroaches, ants, and mice will be attracted to the moisture and further damage your home.
If your crawl space has excess moisture, the wooden portions of your home’s supports may succumb to wood rot. Wood rot can weaken and damage your supports, leading to buckled or sinking floors, leaning walls, and doors or windows that don’t shut or open correctly. Some insects are attracted to wood rot, speeding up the destruction of the support of your home.
There are many health issues related to mold in homes. They can range from runny noses and itchy eyes to neurological damage and even death. Children and older adults are usually more susceptible to mold and mildew reactions, but anyone can experience problems associated with the spores. The majority of your home’s air comes from the crawl space, so if you smell a musty odor, you most likely are breathing in mold spores.
Many things can cause your crawl space to be damaged or experience problems. If you suspect that your home’s crawl space is compromised, then contact the professionals at Tar Heel Foundation Solutions today. We’ll inspect your home for free and determine the cause and best solution for your situation.
We make sure we have the best people on staff and give them the best tools and products from Earth Contact Products, the leader in the industry. We want to make sure that your home is safe, stable, and secure. We look forward to hearing from you and working to keep you and your family healthy.