Do you own a home? If so, and you do not have a basement, you may have a crawl space beneath your home. Some homeowners and foundation experts consider crawl spaces as either a nuisance or a convenience. Individuals who view them as a nuisance have likely experienced or observed issues related to ignoring a progression of water damages. The following points represent potential issues and how contractors can repair them.
Mold and mildew are two types of fungi. Moisture attracts both of these substances, which can thrive in a crawl space environment. Mildew is a surface mold. However, mold can penetrate through surfaces and cause significant damage. The toxic substances feed off of nutrients in building materials. Mold may not penetrate painted or primed surfaces as long as cracks aren't present. To repair your crawl space, contractors will need to clean away the toxic substances.
Choose a Moisture Reduction Method
They will also need to determine an approach to eliminate or reduce moisture concentration in the crawl space area to reduce the chances of a mold recurrence. Proper ventilation is necessary, and there are multiple options for ventilating the area. Contractors may want to install moisture barriers after removing toxic fungi. The moisture issue has to be addressed, or chances are that the toxic substances will return and need to get remedied again. The method for ventilating your crawl space will depend on several factors that are influenced by the primary source of moisture. Sometimes moisture enters through the ground. Other times it may result because of fluctuations in temperature which can cause humidity in the crawl space area. Depending on your climate, inclement weather can also produce moisture-rich conditions through precipitation or humidity.
Repair and Protect Materials
Building materials may get damaged in water-damaged crawl spaces. Wood rot is a common occurrence when moisture issues go ignored. The wood may also deteriorate because of insect activity such as a termite infestation. Damaged building materials will need to be get replaced if the damage to the material is significant. Otherwise, the crawl space foundation could require future remediation to ensure the structural soundness of your home. Contractors may remove portions of damaged building materials, but oftentimes it is necessary to extract and replace all building materials that have gotten compromised from extended exposure to moisture.
Ignoring the proper upkeep of a crawl space can extend beyond the crawl space area and ultimately affect other areas of your home. This can impact the structural stability of your home and cause safety and health issues. Foundation experts and sanitation contractors experienced with water damage restoration are good resources to use to make repairs to your crawlspace and protect it from further damage.
To learn more about crawl space foundation repair, contact a concrete contractor in your area.