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Tips For Inspecting Underneath The House For Water Damage

Mar 12, 2008
No one likes the prospect of having to explore dark and damp space. When they are small and cramped it might even be a little scarier. The crawlspace under many homes is exactly like this and many people will never go under there at all. No one usually stores anything under there and it might just seem like an empty whole that does not have much purpose to begin with, let alone a reason to go in there.

An easily frightened person might wonder why they would ever see the necessity to go in there, but there are many explanations. There could be times when you need to investigate and determine if there could be standing water in there. This is a more aggravating problem than you may realize, especially with older homes whose foundations may not be as waterproof as they were before.

There are vents that could be present in the vicinity of the bottom of the foundation that can automatically open and close to get dampness under a building to dry out. Older living spaces commonly do not have these, but you could probably get some. They are not that big of an investment and are not difficult to add to a house. When there is usually excessive dampness or visible water under any house, it may induce the wood work to start rotting and lead to structural damage. This should be the first reason to look under there.

The second situation is just as damaging as the first. Leaking pipes is also something that may make water stand under a house. Your main water line goes into your home from here. In houses with older plumbing, rust problems and leaking connections can occur more frequently. Even with more modern plumbing, leaks may show up if the water pipes were installed shoddily or the wrong way. If you notice a drop in your water pressure and can not find a leak inside the home, you may want to look in your crawlspace.

If any amount of water is leaking or spraying and coming into contact with wood, there is the possibility of water damage and it might happen more quickly and with less water than a person might think. Under the building is also where your outside water faucets and the beginning of your sewer pipes are situated. The faucets may not make much of a hazard, but a bad sewer line coming out of your home certainly can be. It could create an unsanitary and extremely nauseating problem quickly!

Any leaking under your dwelling place must be repaired as rapidly as it can. You could not believe it is really harming anything if there is water in there, but it may be devastating a lot more than you think.
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