When was the last time you ventured into your home’s crawl space? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is probably never. This small space is an oft-forgotten area of the home, and hardly anyone relishes the claustrophobic idea of spending any time examining the area. But it’s important to understand the risks of damage that can happen in your crawl space, or any other confined space in your home.
A contained area prone to moisture, your crawl space is at risk of developing mildew and mold. Mildew is not toxic and can easily be removed, but mold is a more serious problem that can spread to other areas of your house. You can’t just wipe it away, but need to remove it with careful scientific procedures, using the proper equipment. If mold has developed in your crawl space, New Life Restoration can remove it and take measures to prevent it from returning.
Sewage backup. Heavy rainstorms. Poor drainage. Water damage can hurt the structure of your home and create a situation that is ripe for mold. It’s not always obvious that you have water damage in your crawl space because it’s such an out-of-the-way location, but if you discover water damage, it needs to be removed and the area dried thoroughly. New Life Restoration can help.
Water damage can lead to rotting wood in your crawl space, which can weaken the structure of your home. This is a serious problem that needs professional help to repair.
Termites, Insects, and Rodents
Termites are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. They can do unseen damage for years before homeowners even get an inkling of what they’re up against. Termite damage in the crawl space is even harder to detect since it’s a place most people avoid.
Moist areas are also a welcome environment for many other insects, and rodents are drawn to areas of moisture as well.
Maintenance and Prevention
A solid plan that includes maintenance and prevention will help you rest easy, knowing you’re doing what you can to protect against the above disasters.
Because most of the potential problems in your crawl space stem from water, it’s critical to make sure you’re limiting the amount of water that can get into the area. Whenever New Life Restoration technicians respond to a confined space disaster, we determine where the water is coming from and how to prevent it from returning to the space.
Preventing water also prevents vapors from rising in your crawl space. This prevention is a positive thing because rising vapors increase humidity in the area, making environments for mold, insects, and rodents to thrive.
After we determine where the water is coming from and stop it from entering again, we begin the process of removing contaminated soils. This helps to remove the environment that attracts insects, mold, and rodents, restoring a healthy environment to the area once again.
We then install a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from continuing to rise up. This helps your crawl space to be protected for the future, allowing you to feel peace of mind.
Protect from Future Problems
At New Life Restoration, we want our customers to enjoy their homes without worry of potential disasters. That’s why we’re faster to any size disaster. We know that first response time is critical, and we’ll be there to help stop damage from having the chance to increase. We also know how to prevent your disaster from returning and can help put your home back together — or better.
Our highly-certified, trained technicians have seen everything out there, and have had experience cleaning up disaster, restoring homes, and remodeling to improve homes better than they were before the disaster.
If you are concerned about your crawl space, or any other place in your home, give us a call at (805) 925-1600.
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