With the rainy spring season approaching, it’s time to think about the damage that water can inflict on a crawlspace. Not only can it cause cracks in the foundation walls, but it can also bring mold and pests into your unfinished (or improperly finished) crawlspace. This is why crawlspace repair in your West Virginia home should be an important part of spring household prep.
Three Crawlspace Problems You May Be Experiencing
1. Frost Heave
When the weather is cold, the ground freezes and thaws repeatedly. This causes the soil to shift, pushing up against the foundation walls. This can cause cracks or bowing walls in the crawlspace. This is a foundation repair that needs to be addressed because it can affect the integrity of the structure. Additionally, cracks like these can be an opening for water and pests to come through into the crawlspace.
Eventually, when the weather begins to significantly warm up and rain makes its way into the forecast, your crawlspace may begin to have problems with mold. This is due to moisture build up (through cracks or poor ventilation) that has nowhere to go. It then turns into mold or mildew on the walls and floor. This moisture build up can also lead to puddles or wet walls in some crawlspaces. In this case, crawlspace encapsulation and mold remediation may be the best solution for you. This is an especially important fix because mold will affect the air quality of your home and the health of your family.
3. High Energy Bills
After spring comes summer, and the energy bills go way up. Bills can be even higher when you’re trying to heat or cool a crawlspace with no insulation. After you have a vapor barrier on your crawlspace and everything is cleaned up, it’s time to consider insulation. Insulation can lower your heating and cooling bills and provide you peace of mind that you will not have drastic temperature changes which cause mold.
How Should I Prepare My Home for Spring?
Take a look that oft-forgotten crawlspace in your home and see if you are experiencing any of the above issues. If you are, you will want to get this fixed before spring rains make your crawlspace even more inhospitable. This is a must on your honey-do list, and it could end up saving you money in the long run on foundation repairs, energy costs, and pest control. Give us a call today for a free estimate, and we would be happy to work with you on making your crawlspace usable again.