Water in any part of your home causes a variety of issues. But it’s the hidden areas that suffer the most from water damage. Without proper crawl space waterproofing, your house is at risk of damage and unhealthy environments. About 50% of the air in your home comes from your crawl space; if it’s not healthy, neither is your air. Water in your crawl space should be remedied immediately to avoid damage to both your house and your family’s health.
Mold is a common side effect of water damage. There are dozens of species of mold, but many of them are highly toxic and can cause serious injury or illness. Because the air in your house is cycled through your crawl space, any mold spores that grow there can easily enter your indoor air quality. Long-term exposure to mold can lead to serious health issues. Children are especially susceptible to mold, often developing life-long allergies and other respiratory conditions. You may have water damage and mold in your crawl space if anyone in your household experiences the following symptoms:
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Scratchy throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular coughing
The longer you’re exposed to mold, the more damage it can do to your system. Getting your crawl space dried out and the mold removed can help protect you and your family.
Crawl Space Waterproofing Energy Costs
When your crawl space has moisture in it, you’ll start to notice an increase in your home’s energy bill. Humidity greatly affects your home’s heating and cooling capabilities. It’s harder for moist air to change temperature, meaning your HVAC system has to run longer in order to properly cool or heat your home. If you live in an area with extreme temperature changes, this could end up costing you hundreds of dollars to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Drying out and waterproofing your crawl space helps you save money and reduce energy consumption.
Dust Mites and Pests
Mold isn’t the only organic substance that thrives in a moist environment. Dust mites and other pests (such as termites, spiders, and mice) love water-damaged homes. When you have water damage in your crawl space, you likely have a host of pests as well. Dust mite and other pest droppings can cycle into your home’s air just like mold does, causing further health issues for whoever breathes it. Checking your crawl space for pests after any water damage is always a good idea.
Crawl Space Waterproofing with HS Restoration
At HS Restoration, we want to keep you, your family, and your home safe and healthy. A dirty or wet crawl space poses a threat to your house’s stability and your family’s health. Our crawl space waterproofing techniques will allow you to live a cleaner and healthier life in your house while saving money on energy bills and future restoration projects. For help with your crawl space’s water damage, give us a call today at 609-257-4390.