A strong musty or moldy odor can spell danger for your home. If your crawlspace suddenly has the telltale scent of mold, you should do a quick inspection to find the source of the problem. Some common causes of moisture inside your crawlspace include: leaking pipes, poor drainage around the foundation, and clogged or damaged rain gutters. Here are a few of the ways you can prevent moisture damage.
Locate the Water Source
Sometimes all you need to do is find the source of the leak. Take a look around your home, paying close attention to toilets and sinks. If you don't see visible water around your sinks or toilets, place your hand on the wall. A leaky pipe can create a soggy mess behind the walls.
Overwatering can also lead to water damage, especially if you have gardens located close to the foundation of your home. Try letting your soil dry out before you water your garden again. This should reduce the moisture problem.
Repair Your Gutters
Take a look inside your rain gutters. If they're clogged or damaged, the water might not be draining properly. Carefully remove any dirt or debris that you find and then clean them out with soap and water. The water should drain away from your home. If you notice water pooling around the foundation of your home, you might need to adjust the downspouts.
French drains are an excellent way to keep water away from your home. This is particularly important if you live in an area that is prone to flooding or heavy rains. French drains are easy to install even if you're not familiar with them.
Beginning at the foundation of your home, dig a shallow trench leading away from your home. Be sure to dig the trench on a downward slope. The trench should be long enough to drain the water towards the outer perimeter of your yard. Once you have the trench dug, measure the length and purchase enough 3" PVC pipe to extend the entire length of the trench.
Place the pipe inside the trench and cover it with soil. One opening of the pipe should be up against your home. The water that collects along the foundation of your home will drain through the pipe and out into your yard.
If you're smelling mold inside your home or crawlspace, you need to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. These simple techniques will help protect your home from water damage and mold growth.Share
15 April 2015
Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.