Why A Wet Crawl Space Can Cost You A Lot Of Money
To many people, a wet crawl space may not seem like a big deal. And a lot of people may be tempted to put off dealing with a wet crawl space because they don’t want to spend the money to properly dry out the crawl space. The truth is though, if you don’t deal with a wet crawl space quickly, you are going to have to spend a lot more money down the line to deal with all the problems associated with a wet crawl space. Here are just a few examples of problems that you will have to deal with if you don’t react quickly to a wet crawl space.
A lot of different kinds of pests (termites, ants, rats, mice, etc.) love damp, dark spaces to set up their nests. So a wet crawl space tends to attract these various types of pests. Not only can these pests do a lot of damage to your house (anyone who has ever had a serious termite or rat infestation can attest to that), but you are also going to have to pay a professional to get rid of them. Professional pest removal is both time consuming and expensive, so if you can deal with a wet crawl space before pests get into it, you will save yourself a lot of money and time.
If you let a wet crawl space go unattended, you are almost certainly going to end up with a serious mold infestation. Now depending on the level of mold, it may not be too expensive to deal with it. If there is only a little bit of mold, then you can probably take care of it yourself with a scrubber and some bleach. But, if there is a lot of mold, then you are going to have to call a professional mold remediation service, and that is going to cost you. If you deal with a wet crawl space quickly, you can avoid having to deal with a serious mold infestation.
If you don’t respond quickly to a wet crawl space, you run the risk of things within the crawl space, like joists, pipes, ductwork, wiring, etc., becoming damaged due to prolonged exposure to moisture. Wooden structures can begin to rot and things like ductwork and pipes can begin to even rust. These issues are going to need to be fixed by licensed professionals, which will cost you a lot of money.
If your crawl space is wet, then there is a strong possibility that any insulation in the crawl space may also be wet. Wet insulation is fairly useless. This means that the energy efficiency of your house is going to go down and you are going to have to spend even more to heat or cool your house. It’s not a huge cost, but it can add up over time.
So, don’t delay dealing with a wet crawl space, you are only going to end up costing yourself more money in the long run.