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.
1. Not Venting Based on Climate
To vent or not to vent is a question of climate. Adding vents to your crawl space in a dry climate is okay, but high moisture climates are not a good place for venting as it introduces more warm, wet airflow to your crawl space. This may lead to more moisture issues in the future. Your best move is to consult with a professional.
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. Installing a Moisture Barrier without Consulting a Pro
ALWAYS check in with a professional before installing a moisture barrier. Your areas climate should be taken into consideration for proper installation of materials. Not doing this right could create an environment where mold thrives.
4. Venting Dryers Into the Crawl Space
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.