The 3 Most Common Causes Behind Crawl Space Damage
If your crawl space has been compromised it can have serious repercussions for the rest of your home. At Best Attic Cleaning we use state-of-the-art crawl space waterproofing systems and crawl space vapor barrier products to keep your damp crawl space dry, and are already to respond to your pest control problem with fast cleanup and insulation replacement.
Here are three of the most common sources of crawl space damage and what can be done about them.
- Water Damage.
If your crawl space has been flooded or has leaks it can cause major problems. Moisture provides an ideal environment for large and small pests including ants, termites, and rodents and allows colonies to spread quickly. You will also likely experience mold, which with other pests can cause serious health issues and degrade your home’s foundation. Dehumidifying and waterproofing, along with installation of a new crawl space liner can go a long way towards correcting these problems.
- Foundation damage
Water is also a major factor behind foundation damage, but for a different reason. When the moisture in the earth underneath your home or property is distributed unevenly it can cause small amounts of motion, stretching and pulling at your home’s foundation. When the foundation moves, cracks, or splits, it can cause significant damage to your crawl space and the rest of your home above. Foundation repair, in these instances, becomes an urgent necessity before the home itself can be affected.
- Pest infestation
Even if your crawl space is dry as a bone it can be a great place for a family of mice or rats looking for a place to settle down, especially if you have an unsealed or dirt crawl space. In the winter this space provides a warm home, insulation makes a great nesting material, and the tunnels and warrens of your crawl space make great avenues for these pests to get around. Rodents can do serious damage to your crawl space and the insulation around it, so make sure you deal with the problem and clean up the damage fast with Best Attic Cleaning.