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Biggest Crawl Space Mistakes to Avoid: Homeowner’s Guide

Crawl space issues do not afflict many homeowners in San Diego, but some may find themselves in a situation they can’t ignore regarding what lies beneath. The question is, is this restoration a good DIY project?

Check in with your skill set at the beginning of any DIY project. Will you need to learn a new skill to complete this project? If the answer is yes, you might want to sit back and let a professional handle your crawl space project. If you decide to take on the task of preventing moisture issues in your crawl space, educate yourself on the Do’s and Dont’s of preventative measures. Don’t fall victim to bad advice and keep your home safe from worse damage.
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1. Adding More Crawl Space Vents

Adding more vents underneath your home may seem like a reasonable solution to moisture issues, but in this case it actually creates more problems. Here is why it is not a good idea:

  • more vents mean that more warm air is coming into you cool crawl space
  • this creates more trapped moisture under your home
  • adding more ventilation can also compromise the structural integrity and foundation of your home. DON’T DO IT!

2. Starting a Restoration Project in a Crawl Space Before it is Dry

Many DIY homeowners might fall into the trap of installing insulation or moisture barrier to the flooring before they should – why? Just because the crawl space looks dry doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. This is why having a professional work on your crawl space is worth it. A professional will typically perform the following:

  • Properly remove hazardous waste from the area
  • Use a submersible pump to remove standing water
  • Use an industrial dehumidifier to remove remaining moisture
  • Ensure area is dry with moisture detecting tools
  • Inspect and repair damage to area
  • Inspect for mold and perform mold remediation on area

3. Nailing or Stapling Moisture Barriers to Wood Floor Joists

Installing a moisture barrier to your crawl space floor is a good idea – what isn’t a good idea is including the floor joists in that project. Condensation occurs between the moisture barrier and the wood beams and this creates an environment where wood rot and mold thrives. Don’t add more costly repairs to your to do list.

4. Venting Dryers Into the Crawl Space

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If you plan on installing a washer and dryer yourself, NEVER vent the dryer to the crawl space. Doing so introduces warm moist air into the cool crawl space environment leading to big moisture issues.

5. Gutter and Downspouts Placed Too Close to Home

Move water away from your home – rainwater accumulation sucks moisture into the ground which can creep up through crawl space floors.

To DIY or Hire a Pro?

Whether for reasons of pride or budget, if you have never spearheaded a restoration project, hiring a professional will be your safest and most cost effective option. Along with convenience, hiring a professional keeps you safe from removing hazardous materials or inhaling mold that can cause serious health issues.

Professional restoration companies are trained in dealing with whatever may lie beneath your home.