weather has arrived with the Holidays, which raises the chance for
poorly drained water to wreak havoc under homes.
Homeowners fear mold and fungus.
organisms cause health issues, damage property and lower home values
if not eradicated promptly.
One way to
help your clients better manage potential threats is to educate them
proper way to care for the crawl spaces under their homes,
where moisture can build up and give mold and fungus a place to
fungus is already growing under this 14-year-old house.
Why is moisture and poor ventilation a problem in crawl
spaces are full of important supports for every home, and many of
those structures are wood. Surface water, subterranean moisture, and
hydrostatic pressure all can cause moisture infiltration. Some
moisture is to be expected in a crawl space, but excessive moisture
can lead to fungus growth on those critical wood members.
Why would excessive moisture build up?
house is designed perfectly for its location, and many crawl spaces
end up poorly ventilated.
corrective measures could my clients take?
or creating ventilation screens are a critical first step to getting
air to circulate.
sure the grounds around the house drain water away from the
structure rather than trap it: Good property owner
maintenance should include maintaining the "soil
grade" to slope away from the structure at the rate of
one-half inch per foot for a distance of five feet.
the soil composition around and under the house. Clay soil, for
example, expands when moistened and contracts when dried, and
the expansion and contraction can bring about cracking on
interior and exterior wall coverings as well as on the
measures, especially on hillside properties and areas with clay type
soils, can be expensive and require extensive in-ground drainage,
sump pumps, and mechanical ventilation systems. The investment in
fixing the problem ahead of time, however, will be offset by a
happier home life and greater resale value!
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