Your crawl space is an important part of your home, one that shouldn’t be forgotten simply because you don’t use it very often. As every crawl space services company will tell you, crawl spaces can become a source of moisture, especially in the Pacific Northwest, potentially leading to mold, mildew, and other issues that can compromise the structure of your home. It’s critical to keep this part of your home dry, especially during the winter months when it will be more susceptible to moisture issues. As we enter the wet months of the year, here are the strategies you can use to prep your crawl space for the winter.
Close Your Air Vents and Seal the Crawl Space
Air vents are intended to allow air to circulate into your home, but this is a huge source for moisture to enter the crawl spaces of a house. The best way you can reduce the potential of moisture becoming trapped in your home’s crawl space is to close all vents before wet weather moves in. A crawl space services company will have the knowledge and tools needed to properly complete the job, reducing the chances that moisture will become an issue during the winter months.
Another way moisture can become a problem for your home is through the presence of cracks and holes in the walls, corners, and base of your crawl space. Although they may seem small, these holes can add up to become a significant problem, making it important to let a crawl space services company know if you notice an issue. Sealing these holes with a vapor barrier will reduce moisture and humidity, preventing the possibility of it becoming a more serious issue. Whenever possible, take the proactive step and have your crawl space inspected to ensure you don’t have any potential pressing issues awaiting you in the winter.
Clean Your Gutters
It may not initially seem like an issue that can affect the interior of your home but cleaning out debris from your gutters are a major part of prepping your crawl space for the winter. Leaves, sticks, and other forms of debris will not only cause issues for your home’s roof, but it will also create moisture issues for the interior spaces of your home as well. If gutters are clogged, water will not flow where it needs to, potentially leading runoff to soak into the ground and create moisture problems for your crawl space. Safely remove all debris from your gutters and make sure downspouts are also clear of anything which may be clogging it.
If your family is in need of crawl space services, contact the professionals at Attic Projects today. We are committed to providing convenient, trusted solutions for any residential attic or crawl space issue you may be experiencing. Our team of trained crawl space experts offer reliable, friendly service to ensure your home is protected against the elements. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding attic and crawl space issues.