Clogged Gutter or Downspout
What a lot of homeowners don’t realize is that a clogged gutter or downspout could be contributing to their wet crawl space problems. If the gutter or downspout isn’t able to move water as effectively as possible, it will seep over the sides of the home or build up next to the crawl space footing.
If the crawl space hasn’t been properly sealed off from the outside world, it is only a matter of time before moisture starts to seep into the area below the home.
Dangers of Crawl Space Moisture
Moisture in this area below the home can contribute to a lot of serious damage. It can cause wooden materials, including supports and floor joists to warp, rot, deteriorate, and decay. This will eventually lead to problems for the structural integrity of the entire home.
Additionally, this rotting wood will become very inviting to unwanted pests below the home, including: termites, roaches, spiders, snakes, rats, mice, skunks, raccoons, and other types of animals nobody wants living below their family’s home.
Crawl Space Mold
Eventually, the moisture can also contribute to the development of hazardous mold and mildew. The fungus is dark green or black in color, and it releases spores up and into the air when it grows. When these spores are breathed in, it can cause many different serious health problems, ranging from asthma attacks to skin rashes, and all types of problems in between.
Extensions can be added to the downspouts to help prevent water from pooling up next to the crawl space footing. Instead of pushing water out right next to the wall, the downspout will be extended further away to a safer area.
Cleaning the Gutters
It is important to be sure that the gutters on a home are regularly maintained so that they are not clogged with all types of outdoor debris, including: acorns, twigs, rocks, seed pods, bird nests, pine cones, and so on. These clogs can lead to water build-up, and moisture seeping down the sides of the home. This doesn’t just threaten a crawl space, but it can also cause problems for the home’s siding and windows.