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The Worst Crawlspace Repairs

If you have a crawl space issue, repairing it is typically on the top of your to-do list. However, there are a variety of user repairs that actually do more damage to your crawl space in the long run. If you are not sure how to go about crawl space clean out in Portland, call in a professional crawlspace restoration company to help you get everything sorted out. A crawlspace with damages can mean bad news for your home, and getting it repaired is very important. Avoid these pitfalls when considering the repairs for your crawlspace.

The Addition of More Foundation Vents

Adding more foundation vents may seem like a good idea at first, but warm air in the summer can get in through the vents and actually increase the levels of moisture in the crawlspace, defeating the purpose of the vents altogether. The supposed purpose of adding more vents is to increase the circulation and get the moisture out, but the result is actually the reverse of that solution. Encapsulating your crawlspace properly is the only way to decrease moisture levels.

Spray Foam

Spray foam is supposed to be an energy-efficient solution, but its application process can be problematic. It is very effective on dry surfaces, but crawlspace walls are rarely ever completely dry. When the spray foam is applied to damp wood, it can result in dry rot or other issues because of teh trapped moisture residing there. There is also a high risk of the spray foam becoming detached due to the moisture present, making the entire process moot.

Vaper Barriers Stapled to Floor Joists

This method is used to prevent moisture invasion in the crawlspace air from entering the wood parts of the crawlspace. However, because cool areas of the crawlspace condensate when the air is warmer in the summer months, the plastic actually traps moisture against the floor joists, resulting in the prescense of mold and dry rot. This process can turn into many more expensive problems in the future.

Fiberglass Insulation

A damp crawlspace should not be insulated with fiberglass. This results in mold growth that is difficult to control. The material is actually primed for growing mold when moisture is ever present.

Improper Installation of Drainage Systems

After a heavy rain, you may experience standing water in your crawlspace. This should be addressed as soon as possible. For this case, you will want to go with a perimeter drain to make sure everything is drained correctly. Any sort of stand alone pump will not be adequate for draining your crawlspace. Avoid further issues by preparing a drainage system that works correctly and efficiently.

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