Any number of things can result in a damp or wet crawlspace. You could have a small plumbing leak that gravity causes to flow into the crawlspace. You could have insufficient ventilation so condensation and wet weather keep the moisture trapped there. The good news is that once you’ve resolved any plumbing leak, crawlspace encapsulation can handle almost every other contributing reason for your damp crawlspace. It might seem like something that is out of sight wouldn’t be that important, but here are a few reasons why crawlspace moisture control is something you shouldn’t neglect.
- Flooring damage- Many types of flooring can be damaged if there is excessive moisture under your home. Wood floors can shift and cup, laminate floors can do the same, and any glued-down flooring, such as luxury vinyl planks and tiles, can release.
- Mold activation- It doesn’t take a great deal of moisture for mold to activate and begin colonization and growth. This won’t happen in just your crawlspace. It is possible anywhere in your home due to the increased moisture levels and that mold spores can travel upward once they begin growing. Crawlspace moisture control makes the crawlspace less hospitable to mold.
- Infestations- Mold isn’t the only thing that likes a wet environment. So do insects, rodents, and other wildlife. And, again, there is the potential for them to wander beyond the crawlspace. Some of these pests can cause structural damage to your home, and that can be far more costly than staying on top of crawlspace moisture control or having crawlspace encapsulation completed.
If you would like to know more about crawlspace encapsulation and other moisture control services for your Wilmington, North Carolina home, give us a call at Cape Fear Foam LLC. We offer moisture control solutions for the attic and crawlspace, as well as spray foam insulation to make your home more energy efficient. Call today to schedule an appointment.