How moisture can ruin a Crawl Space

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 by Callie Finck

Did you know you could get charged extra on your monthly energy bills due to moisture problems? 

High moisture content in a basement or crawl space can cost more to heat and cool down because the damp air below takes more energy to do so. 


Did you know that high moisture in a crawl space or basement can cause mold?

Mold is a fungus that eats dead organic materials and is attracted to moisture. Sadly, crawl spaces and basements are filled with moisture. Mold also eats dead insects, which can be located in either place, and vents let in both pests and moisture. Mold also releases airborne spores that can spread to the upstairs, which can badly affect health and your property value on your home. 


Did you know that other problems besides mold can enter the crawl space or basement?

Dust mites are a specific type of pest that flourish in moist areas, and a basement or crawl space is a perfect place for them to live. They also live in furniture, beds, or even carpet. Their droppings are airborne, which can affect health. Another concern is pests. Pests are attracted to moisture as well and multiple types of pests can call your crawl space or basement their new home. These pests include spiders, rats, mice, termites, and even snakes. 


Why should sloping floors concern you? 

Sloping floors may not seem like a big deal at first, but uneven floors can actually affect the whole house. Common problems, such as tripping are involved, as well as leaning of objects, which can cause them to fall, such as a bookcase. 


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