Know the Symptoms of Crawl Space Damage
Crawl spaces are prone to issues based on the way they are designed. From water damage to structural damage, there are many different symptoms that homeowners should be aware of and to know when to call in a professional.
It’s easy to ignore your crawl space since it’s not technically inside your home, but it’s important to keep up with maintenance to prevent any issues from getting worse over time, and they will if left untreated.
If you’ve ignored your crawl space for quite some time, it’s a good idea to look out for certain symptoms that could lead to more serious issues.
Symptoms of Crawl Space Damage
Crawl space damage can come in many different forms, with some symptoms more obvious than others.
As a homeowner, it’s important to at least know the basic signs of crawl space damage so that you can call in an expert immediately before the problem gets worse.
At NSquare, Inc., we want to provide you with enough knowledge so that you can look out for these problems on your own and know when to give us a call to inspect for further damage.
Moldy Crawl Space
Mold inside your crawl space is an issue that will undoubtedly get worse if left untreated. Damp environments are highly susceptible to mold growth, and we have plenty of humidity in Florida negatively impacting the dampness of your crawl space each and every spring and summer.
If you notice any mold in your crawl space, it’s a tell-tale sign you likely have a moisture issue as well.
Musty Odors in Home
If water damage is left untreated in your crawl space, that water can become stagnant and create musty odors in your crawl space as well as your home. The stack effect is a phenomenon that allows the air inside your crawl space to seep up through the floorboards and enter your home.
If there is contaminated air or musty odors in your crawl space, it will likely infiltrate your home as well.
Crawl spaces aren’t designed for optimal airflow, so they can easily trap moisture and become very humid. If the humidity is left untreated, it can eventually pool up into condensation and cause extensive water damage.
If you notice any signs of humidity in your crawl space, it’s best to seek waterproofing solutions before it builds up and causes water damage.
Bugs in Crawl Space
Bugs and pests love to live in dark, damp places, which makes your crawl space the perfect environment for them. If you notice an increase in unwanted pests in your crawl space, it could be a sign of water damage.
The best way to avoid bugs and pests in your crawl space is to create a completely dry and healthy environment.
Aside from water damage, crawl spaces are susceptible to structural damage as well. If the floor joists in your crawl space are weak from wood rot or deterioration, it can cause extensive structural damage in your crawl space.
As a result, you may notice sinking floors inside your home since the floor joists can no longer support the weight of the floors above them.
Call NSquare, Inc. to Fix Crawl Space Damage
Spotting early symptoms of crawl space issues can save you time, money and headaches in the long run. It’s important to regularly check your crawl space for any of these symptoms to avoid further impact on the air quality inside and structural integrity of your home.
As symptoms are spotted, contact the experts at NSquare, Inc. to fix the problem before it becomes worse. We offer quotes in South Florida, including Sarasota, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.
Call us today to schedule your appointment!