When Temperatures start dropping, many homeowners start getting concerned for the water pipes in their crawl space and attic. At Moore Home Services, our experience with crawl space and attic repairs tells us this is a concern that should not go unnoticed. A crawl space is partially exposed to the environment through unsealed air vents, even a brief cold snap can freeze the water pipes under your home causing them to leak. However, while most homeowners take measures before temperatures drop below freezing, many do not take the proper precautions and end up dealing with the bursting pipes anyway.
Here are a few incorrect ways that we have seen in our profession.
There are a number of quick fixes and ideas on how to prevent pipes from freezing. Many of these quick fixes are meant to be permeant fixes but should only be temporary. These fixes can cause greater problems in the long run.
Closing Air Vents –
While this seems to be an ideal step to prevent the outdoors from getting indoors, in our environment, this is a recipe for moisture build-up. Closing up air vents can cause moisture build up in the crawl space causing mold growth and wood rot. Wood rot in the crawl space can damage the structural integrity of your home.
Insulating Pipes and vents with Foam
Homeowners, prior to a cold front will seek to wrap their pipes and vents with insulation, which can be a good and bad thing inside your crawl space. If left unattended without proper Clean crawl space, the pipes will have a build-up of condensation. Trapping the moisture under the insulation will lead to mold growth and will encourage floor joist decay.
At Moore Home Services, we believe that a little prevention is worth far more than homeowners know. When It Comes to crawl space care, our skilled experts recommend a sealed crawl space. allowing no moisture or drafts to enter the crawl space. When the crawl space is sealed, a dehumidifier monitors the moisture and keeps it under control. At the same time, a correctly sealed crawl space with be an estimated 15 degrees different from the living space. A sealed crawl space prevents mold growth and wood rot and most importantly protects you and your family as well as your investment.