The 6 Worst Crawl Space Mistakes
Unfortunately, through well-meaning but outdated advice many homeowners make a variety of mistakes when it comes to their home’s crawlspaces. Professional crawlspace contractors know that crawlspace encapsulation in Omaha NE is the new standard for crawlspace remediation. Here we will outline seven of the most commonly seen and worst mistakes a home owner can make which can result in accumulation of moisture, mold, and even wood rot.
Unnecessary Air Vents
The common mindset behind this mistake is that moisture will use the added vents to escape and dissipate into the outside. However, it has been found to have an opposite effect. Warm moist air will travel upwards and then into the vents of the crawlspace, condensing in the cooler atmosphere. This can lead to mold, wood deterioration, and a host of other problems.
Applying Foam to Wet or Damp Crawlspace
When it comes to insulation, this method is the most efficient when it comes to dry below-grade crawlspaces. However, what most home owners don’t realize is that many below-grade crawlspaces aren’t completely dry. When spray foam insulation is added on top of moist walls and surfaces, the water is trapped and will eventually cause mold and wood rot. In addition, it’s not uncommon for the foam to eventually detach from the surfaces and become less efficient due to the moisture intrusion. Our Crawlspace Encapsulation services in Omaha and other small communities ensure that your crawlspace will be insulated properly to keep your home free from the health risks associated with improperly insulated crawlspaces.
Installing Improper Drainage System
It is common for many crawlspaces to accumulate standing water after heavy rains. Many reasons exist for the water entering, and many methods for the removal of the water. The absolute worst thing to do, however, is ignore the reoccurring problem. Home owners need to be mindful that a sump pump alone will not remove all of the water on its own. A perimeter drain will also need to be implemented to help guide the water to the pump for removal.
Venting Dryers into the Crawlspace
This move is only considered a mistake when home owners quit trying to replace the dryer duct after it breaks or clogs. This move will pump countless gallons of vaporized air into the crawlspace which will rise then condense into moisture on all the wood surfaces.
Insulating Heat Ducts With Fiberglass
Ducts in a vented crawlspace will eventually condensate. The surrounding fiberglass will then soak up and hang on to that moisture, holding it against wood surfaces and causing mold.
Insulating Wet Crawlspace With Fiberglass
This piece of outdated advice is a huge contender in home owner mistakes which cause mold. In the business, paper faced insulation is known as ‘mold candy.’ This insulation will absorb the moisture as it evaporates into the air, become heavy, and then fall to the ground. Even worse is if the insulation is stapled, in that case it will hold the moisture against wooden walls and beams. A crawlspace encapsulation company, such as Quality Foundation Repair, can advise you on all the best practices for your crawlspace remediation.
Never take a chance if you’re unsure about your crawlspace. Contact us at Quality Foundation for a free crawlspace envaluation.