Controlling water entry into buildings is a must-especially crawl spaces. Moist and wet crawl spaces create the growth of microbes, attract harmful insects and cause other types of property damage. Water can enter crawl spaces through leaks, floods, or accidentally. If this is the case, the water needs to be removed immediately and completely dried.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent water from entering your crawl space:
- Maintain gutters and downspouts to ensure they are free of leaves and debris
- Evaluate the flow of the gutter system while it’s raining
- Make use of underground drainage pipes to direct water away from endangered structures
- Slope soil downwards away from foundation so that water flows away towards the street
- Insulate pipes that could freeze and burst
- inspect crawl spaces on a regular basis
How can you help maintain dry crawl spaces?
- Be sure that water from air conditioning units are draining away from foundation.
- Check vents to be sure of sufficient airflow throughout crawl space.
- If recommended, use vents or dehumidifiers.
- Insulate air conditioning ducting to prevent condensation from forming on surfaces.
According to EPA, commercial services can save homeowners great amounts of money in the long run by prompt response to moisture problems. Drying crawl spaces greatly reduces the amount of possible damage caused by water and humidity. The key factors in maintaining dry crawl spaces are through proper airflow, maintaining warmer air temperature (warm airflow helps warmer/drier air to replace cool/damp air) and dehumidification.
Please remember to take the necessary precautions to prevent possible or further damage to your crawl space. If you are still unsure or have any further questions regarding crawl space damage and whether or not you are covered under your homeowners policy, speak with an insurance professional, as they will be more than happy to assist your needs!
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