Nashville, TN Crawlspace Waterproofing and Moisture Barrier
Quickly drying out water in a crawl space may depend on the amount of water in the area. It may also depend on the level of humidity beneath your home. Small amounts of moisture may just be able to wipe up with a rag or towel. Smaller hand pumps may also be used to pump out puddles and sitting water. If there is major flooding in the crawl space, then it may need to be pumped out with heavy equipment that is meant for large amounts of water. Regardless of the amount of water, it will need to be removed before any type of repair can be done to the crawl space. Removing water quickly may just need to use more pumps and dehumidifiers to get the job done. But professionals will best know how to get water out of a crawl space efficiently. Thick towels may be spread around to absorb water. You may also have to rent equipment such as heaters, pumps, or dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers can be used to bring the humidity and moisture level down. The dehumidification process take water molecules out of air to create a less moist environment. The water that was previously in the area will cause a high amount of humidity underneath your home, which could lead to the corrosion of the structure and more water related issues. Therefore these dehumidifiers will return the air to a normal amount of humidity for the crawl space. Dehumidifiers can also become a permanent installment that will regulate the amount of moisture that enters the crawl space. This will prevent future puddling of water as it will maintain the level of humidity in the air and can be beneficial for health, comfort, and the removal of musty odors and mold. As the dehumidifier dries and redistributes air, it will help to kill bacteria and mildew that normally thrive in damp and humid climates. After the water has been removed, then any damage that may have been caused should be removed or repaired. A new vapor barrier may need to be installed on the floors and walls of the crawl space. These precautions will help to keep water out so that the area beneath your home is dry. Removing all the water will allow for a crew to come in and make all the needed repairs so that water damage does not happen again in your crawl space.
Does water damage happen immediately?
Water damage will not happen immediately, but it doesn't take long for standing water to create problems. Standing water is great for allowing mold and mildew to form. Because there is no disturbance to the water, it is still and allows bacteria to form quickly. It will usually take mold and mildew 24 to 48 hours to form. Water can begin to corrode away support beams and foundation features. The time for water to corrode certain materials may alter depending on the material and the coating, but water exposure over time can lead to many issues. You may notice that moisture in your crawl space has begun to damage your home as floors sag and sink, creaking wood floors, and a musty odor will permeate around your home. So although it will not create damage immediately, it will be better to catch water based issues as soon as possible. If water damage is not stopped as soon as possible, then it could lead to more damage. Thus becoming more expensive for you to repair your crawl space and prevent water from entering in the future.
What does water damage do?
Water in a crawl space is a sign that something is wrong and will lead to extensive foundation damage if not fixed properly. Humidity may become trapped within the nooks and crannies underneath floorboards of your home and will become a breeding ground for different bacteria that will lead to mold, rot, and mildew. All of these things will create an awful aroma that will begin to saturate the air throughout your home. Thus, creating an unhealthy environment for everyone inside. If mold and mildew are allowed to build up, then the structural integrity may be at risk of being corroded away. Too much humidity in a crawl space will also corrode support beams and foundation, cause electrical short outs, create condensation, and promote insect infestations. Dehumidifying a crawl space and getting back to normal humidity levels will be very beneficial in preventing further issues that can come from all of these listed side effects. There are a few ways that water may enter your home. Water may enter when the air inside a house is much cooler than the air outside. This may occur during hot summers when the air conditioning units are on frequently to cool down the building. Air conditioning will create moisture beneath the floorboards and air ducts of a structure, allowing air to become trapped under the floorboards. Ground water can seep up through the soil beneath a structure and begin to create puddles. The humidity of a climate can greatly affect the amount of humidity in a crawlspace. To prevent this, most humid climates will utilize non vented crawl spaces to keep it away from outside air. And the humidity level may fluctuate depending on the region and time of year it is. Water during rain and/or snow storms may creep its way beneath your foundation if the gutters and downspouts are not functioning properly. Water in your crawlspace may also indicate that there is a crack or opening within some of your insulation or vapor barrier. Even just a little bit of standing water and moisture can create a bad smell, so having a professional come and help regulate the humidity level will be very important in stopping any issues early on.