The Southern United States can have some of the most beautiful seasonal weather. Winters are mild and summers are warm. As you enjoy your home, you can usually predict the type of weather to come depending on the time of year (rain in the spring, snow in the winter, etc.). Here in Columbia, especially over the summer, we have heavy rains and high temperatures. Maybe you are used to the weather where you live, but did you know that your crawl space feels the effects of the weather just as much as you do?
When it comes to your home, the weather can have a major impact on your crawl space, no matter where you live. Crawl spaces are often exposed to the outside elements, and as such, can be affected by extreme weather conditions.
Knowing how your crawl space changes with the climate can help you make any changes or additions that can really save the health of your crawl space, and therefore your overall home. Here, we have listed some of the ways your crawl space changes with the weather.
Moisture and Mold
In the summer months, high temperatures and humidity can cause moisture to build up in the crawl space, creating an ideal environment for mold and mildew growth. This can cause structural damage to the home, as well as create an uncomfortable indoor environment.
To prevent this, it is important to ensure proper insulation and ventilation in the crawl space. This can be done by sealing any cracks or openings in the walls to prevent warm, moist air from entering the area. If you have an encapsulated crawl space, make sure your foundation vents are closed so the system can do its job properly. However, if you do not have an encapsulated crawl space, it could be important to make sure the vents are open to promote air flow in the crawl space. If you are unsure what is best for your home, you should schedule a crawl space inspection to find out the best solution for your home from experts in the field.
Read More: How to Get Rid of Mold in the Basement
During the winter months, cold temperatures and snow can cause frozen pipes and ice dams in the crawl space. This can lead to flooding and water damage in the home. To prevent this, it is important to make sure the area is properly insulated and the pipes are protected from the cold.
Read More: How To Prevent Frozen Pipes in a Crawl Space
While those of us in the South don’t have as much seasonal variation in terms of weather as other places throughout the United States, knowing what both the heat and the cold do to your crawl space is important. Even though you may not be thinking of the weather’s effects under your home, your crawl space can be affected in more ways than one. It is best to have your crawl space checked annually, and with Crawlspace Medic you won’t have to worry. We offer free inspections and can get to you fast!
Overall, the weather can have a major impact on your crawl space. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent moisture buildup and flooding under your home. With proper insulation and ventilation, you can ensure your home is protected from the elements and remains comfortable year-round.