The Problems with a Flooded Crawl Space

A flooded crawl space is something no one wants, and something a lot of people don’t know they even have. Such damage can lead to issues within the home, or even worse, long-term health issues.

What It Can Damage
The problems with a flooded crawl space extend far past the crawl space. While it is a central point for water to pool, water and humidity will eventually seep upwards, damage the structure, create foul smells, back up sewage, and more. Here are just a few things that an uncared-for flooded crawl space can damage:

  • Structure of the home
  • Personal health
    • Moisture can create unhealthy particles in the air, making it harmful to breathe
    • Breathing in sewer gas from a rupture sewer line
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Mold growth
  • Subfloors
  • Sewer lines
  • Odors within the home

The Costs Involved
Flooded crawl spaces, depending on the type of water damage, can be incredibly expensive, costing thousands of dollars. That’s why waterproofing a crawl space can prove to be a great investment in order to avoid these types of unwanted and unforeseen costs.

How it Affects the Value of Your Home
Like you might imagine, a flooded crawl space decreases the value of a home immensely. Water in such a small area can cause the floor above to sink or cause foul odors to seep up through the floors and around the house. Eventually, the water will lead to mold and rot in the 12.1.08-089floor boards and will ultimately decay the crawl space. This will compromise the structure of your home and lead to structural issues that will decrease the value of your home down the road if not repaired properly.

How it Affects Your Health and Long-Term Health
Believe it or not, water damage in a crawl space can lead to long-term health issues down the road. Mold from a flooded crawl space can cause mold allergies, like nasal and sinus congestion, throat irritation, a chronic cough, and respiratory problems, like wheezing or difficulty breathing. Sewer back-ups, such as from a broken sewer line from the flooding, can seep sewer gases upwards and throughout the house, also causing problems with breathing. This is why waterproofing and moisture control can prevent these type of long-term health issues.

About the Author: Gary is a guest contributor for StyDry Waterproofing, providing basement and crawl space waterproofing and repairs, along with mold solutions and foundation repair.

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