Many homeowners consistently struggle with the amount of moisture that is in their home’s crawl space. As for others, they may be choosing to avoid going into their crawl space all together, thus not realizing the damage that may be occurring over time.
Unfortunately, the moisture from this space may slowly seep into the house, causing costly issues such as: floor deterioration, mold growth, musty odors, condensation on the windows and walls, and wet insulation. Moisture, though, may not be the only concern. Since the majority of residential crawl spaces are vented, this gives perfect access for other pests such as bugs, insects, and even termites.
So how do you know if your crawl space needs to be evaluated?
9 Signs you need your Crawl Space Inspected
- Humidity – Many crawl spaces are incredibly humid and retain lots of moisture. This crawl space air naturally rises into the home and can cause issues to your homes structure, air quality, and overall comfort.
- Condensation on Surfaces – If you notice moisture collecting on surface areas, floors, foundation, and joists, this can signal that the moisture level in the crawl space may be too high.
- Sticking Doors – When humidity levels reach above normal, the excess moisture absorbs and expands the wood in your home. You may notice how interior doors will tighten in the frame and make it difficult to open or close properly.
- Warped Flooring – Your floors are easily damaged by overly moist environments. The floors may warp, pop, crack, or seem uneven.
- Hot/Cold Rooms or Cold Floors – Rooms that are not comfortable could be caused by a lack of insulation in the crawl space or from air leakage. Floors may be cold in the winter due to lack of insulation in the crawl, as well.
- High Energy Bills – Do you have adequate insulation in your crawl? Is duct work torn under your crawl space? Your air conditioner could be working extra hard to keep the temps comfortable. These are just a few reasons how the crawl space may be the culprit for high energy bills.
- Odor – Since air circulates from the crawl space, any rotten debris can cause a musty smell in your home.
- Mold and Mildew – Damp areas that may be tucked away tend to offer good homes for mold and other forms of growth. Breathing any type of growth negatively effects the air quality in your home, thus influencing your health. Allergies, chronic coughing, difficulty breathing, and mild to severe headaches may occur!
- Animals/Rodents – If you are hearing or smelling any animal presence, it may be that they have taken up residence in accessible crawl space points.
If you think your crawl space could be experiencing one or more of these issues, let us perform a free crawl space evaluation on your home! We will check the humidity level, look for any growth, inspect your insulation and duct work, and more! We will take pictures of any concerns and offer a free, no obligation quote to offer solutions. At GSM Services, we are your local crawl space experts!