It’s essential that you fix your crawl space water problem now before it develops into an even worse problem. What can crawl space water do to your home in the long term?
The humidity that water under a house gives off can lead to serious home damage. It’s a significant problem all throughout your house, not only in your crawl space.
Over time, humidity can cause home damage in all homes, even ones that don’t use wood as a primary building material. Stone can start to crack and warp because of constant humidity, especially if the humidity causes changes in the foundation.
The longer you let a crawl space stay wet after rain or flooding, the more likely it is that you’ll experience permanent home damage. If you tackle it now, you won’t have to deal with those permanent problems.
Mold can lead to serious health issues in your family, and you may not even know it. Because lots of mold growth happens inside the walls, humidity can cause health problems you won’t notice for months and even years.
Mold growth can also seriously impact your home’s structural integrity. Aside from just having health impacts in your family’s life, mold growth may require you to spend lots of money and energy replacing parts of your home that mold growth has affected.
Plus, because mold spores can survive in places where mold can’t grow, it’s incredibly difficult to completely eradicate. It’s best instead to avoid the conditions where mold would most likely grow. That means removing water from the crawl space entirely.
Higher Energy Bill
Do you have open vents in your crawl space? It may actually be warming your whole home. When you have air vents, the air in the crawl space rises through the house. That means the moisture caused by water in the crawl space under your house also moves upward.
When air is humid, it needs to be cooled more. You have to run your air conditioning more on humid days to get the same cooling effect. In fact, it could be increasing your electric bill by 15-25%.
Although this is only a small piece of the puzzle, it can help assuage your fears over the cost of fixing the water in your crawl space. With a lower energy bill, you may be able to recoup the costs of crawl space water fixing in the next few months.