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How do plumbing leaks affect crawlspaces?

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Plumbing leaks and crawlspaces – two things no one likes to think about or talk about. Still, it is the wise homeowner that does so anyway. Without proper attention, these two can add up to one big headache. Kudos to you for getting ahead of the problem. Here’s what you need to know.

Plumbing leaks can lead to big problems

You may not visit your crawlspace often but it should not be ignored. Your crawlspace has a direct impact on the air quality, temperature and health of your home. Moisture is the enemy of healthy crawlspaces. In fact, one of the best ways to prevent reduced quality of living in your home is to eliminate moisture in the crawlspace. Obviously, plumbing leaks are an unwelcome source of moisture.

Address leaks immediately

Visually inspect your crawlspace periodically to be sure there are no leaks. Taking the out of sight, out of mind approach could potentially mean unaddressed leaks that continue for months. You may not notice a difference in the water bill but there are sure consequences, such as:

  • Structural damage – crawlspace moisture will eventually cause damage to wooden floors and joists.
  • Pest invasion – rodents and other pests are attracted to warm, moist conditions, such as those created with plumbing leaks.
  • Reduced air quality – mold also thrives in warm, moist conditions. As mold grows, spores will enter the living area of the home.
  • Foul odors – mold and mildew odors in the crawlspace will be noticeable in your home.
  • Insulation damage – as insulation absorbs moisture, effectiveness is reduced. This will affect your comfort level, as well as heating and cooling costs.

The bottom line is, ignoring the problem will not make it go away. It will only get bigger and more expensive to manage.

What next…

After you identify and address the plumbing leak, you will need to dry out your crawlspace and consider moisture prevention strategies. Crawlspace Depot has the supplies and advice you need to get and keep your crawlspace dry. From sump pumps to odor removers and dehumidifiers, we’ve got you covered. If you are considering closing your crawlspace we are your expert source, ready to help you get the job done right. Moisture is the enemy of healthy crawlspaces and homes. Keep yours dry and enjoy a more comfortable home with Crawlspace Depot. We can help.

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