Understanding why you need to deal with wet crawl space insulation starts with understanding the impacts of wet crawl space insulation on your home. Although you may not have a lot of knowledge about wet crawl space insulation, you don’t need to know much to understand why it can seriously damage the structure.
If you have wet crawl space insulation, you’re going to be dealing with these problems along the way.
A Loss of Insulation Efficiency
Wet crawl space insulation simply doesn’t insulate your home as well as dry insulation does. When your crawl space insulation gets wet, regardless of the reason, you’re going to start having problems insulating your home properly.
This issue with insulation can lead to higher energy bills and can make you run the air conditioner more frequently. That can, in turn, run the air conditioner down more quickly, causing you to have to replace it sooner than you would otherwise.
Overall, this loss of insulation efficiency doesn’t just impact how you feel in the home. It can lead to a number of different problems, including problems with seemingly unrelated things like your air conditioner. A JES inspection can uncover this issue before it impacts other elements of your home.
Mold and Mildew
Because crawl space insulation retains moisture so well, it’s a great place for mold and mildew to grow. Although mold typically requires at least a 70% relative humidity to grow, wet crawl space insulation can provide a higher level of humidity because it’s resistant to drying over time.
That means you may find mold and mildew growing on crawl space insulation even when the relative humidity in your crawl space is lower than 70%. Because mold and mildew can both have serious health impacts on you and your family, it’s imperative that you handle it as soon as it comes up.
It’s also important to remember that you typically can’t clean up mold and mildew on your own. If you get that into your lungs, it can be very difficult to recover from. Instead, contact a JES professional, who can clean it up without having those problems.
Wood Rot and Structural Damage
As the crawl space insulation retains moisture, you’re going to find that the relative humidity of the whole area rises. That’s especially true if you have wet crawl space insulation because of standing water or an ongoing leak.
That high relative humidity then invites a variety of structural damage problems. You may find that wood rot flourishes or that mold and mildew start to eat away at the floor joists in the home. This structural damage can build over many years.
Structural damage can be very difficult to recover from, especially if you leave it for many years. If you have wet crawl space insulation, an inspection from JES can help you uncover any structural problems and fix them.