Nov 23

Water in Crawl Spaces: What Are Its Consequences?

Terms: Restoration

It’s a common misconception that moisture is normal in below-grade spaces under your homes, like crawl spaces. However, excessive moisture in this part of your house comes with serious repercussions. What you want to have is a crawl space that stays dry no matter the season or weather. 

A local provider of home restoration services shares the consequences of having water in your crawl space. 

Increased Heating and Cooling Costs

Have you noticed that your energy bills are increasing lately? It could be due to excessive moisture in your crawl space. If the air in your crawl space is damp, your HVAC system would need to work harder to heat or cool the area. The more effort your equipment exerts, the higher your energy bills will be. 

Mold Growth and Health Issues

The chances of water damage increase the longer you ignore water in your crawl space. A more serious issue you will need to worry about is mold growth. Mold thrives in warm, humid environments and loves to consume organic materials like paper, wood, and cardboard. It also likes to eat dead insects, and you can usually find a lot of those creatures in your crawl space. 

Mold does not simply create unsightly stains and musty odors, but can also put the health of your family at risk. The airborne spores it releases will eventually reach your living spaces. These spores can trigger allergy and asthma attacks and cause various health problems. 

Dust Mites and Pest Infestation

Dust mites are common in humid environments like dirt crawl spaces. They are microscopic parasites that usually live in your carpet, furniture and bedding. The droppings they make become airborne and can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Other pests that are attracted to dirt crawl spaces are spiders, mice, and rats. 

Whether you need mold remediation, fire damage restoration, or water damage repairs, you can rely on Special Touch Restoration. Call us at (256) 330-4822 (North AL) or (251) 512-1424 (South AL). You can also fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.