Does Your Crawl Space Need A Clean Up?

Crawl Space Cleanup NashvilleA crawl space is Nashville’s answer to a basement. Here, homebuilders run the electrical, plumbing and HVAC connections into the short clearance under the house. Some crawl spaces can be full-height like a basement; others can be two feet tall. (You “crawl” around on your hands and knees.)

While they are convenient for storage, crawl spaces are prone to problems. Since the space below is “below grade,” a poorly maintained home can collect water, attract pests, and support mold. Managing overall moisture is different in each home. You need an expert to come figure out what’s causing the moisture and then install a customized solution.  

Crawl Space Cleanup in Nashville

Prevent Future Problems

In high humidity climates like Nashville, crawlspaces may need to be sealed to create a conditioned space. Vents, gaps, and other openings are sealed, and a vapor barrier is installed on the floor and walls of the crawlspace. Dehumidifiers and fans are installed to maintain a steady, moderate humidity level in the crawlspace.

Mold cannot grow without moisture or high humidity, so the Tier team will determine the cause of (and the solutions to) the elevated moisture and water in your home. Common causes could be:

  • Insufficient gutter and downspouts extensions. If your system does not carry rainwater at least 6 to 10 feet away from the foundation, it could find its way in. 
  • The pitch of the yard slopes toward the house, channeling water in. 
  • Condensation on the poorly insulated, damaged or broken ductwork can puddle moisture in the crawlspace 
  • The condensate drain from the HVAC unit can deposit up to 20 gallons of water per day into the area 
  • Cracks in the foundation wall or exterior wall sealant can allow excess ground water  
  • Leaks at window and door openings or unsealed building exteriors will let water in
  • Dryer vents and fans that direct moist air from laundry rooms and bathrooms raise overall humidity. 
  • An inadequate or nonexistent vapor barrier can allow excess ground moisture to evaporate into the crawlspace
  • Inadequate ( or permanently stuck) foundation vents keep excess humidity in the crawl space 

Some solutions require simply improving the ventilation, or even installing a dehumidifier for a long term solution. Sometimes the best solution is to install moisture barriers and/or a high tech encapsulation solution.  

Tier Restoration Works With All Insurance Companies

Tier’s slogan is “Experience The Next Level” so they specialize in making sure you are treated properly by your insurance company. They work with insurance companies and adjustors to resolve difficult claims to your satisfaction. By knowing the rules, providing excellent documentation, and working with all the major insurance providers, the years of experience will benefit your situation.  

When You Find Water, Mold, Or Problems in Your Nashville Crawlspace

Tier Restoration has been helping homeowners solve water, mold and moisture issues since 1975. Trained, experienced and certified technicians can dehumidify or remove mold that has invaded your crawlspace. By improving the condition under the home, they will improve the air quality in your home, as well. 

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