Spring rain and winter thaw in the Delmarva Peninsula can uncover previously unnoticed problems in your crawl space. Improper drainage can lead to more significant problems including structural damage, infiltration of pests and mold.
Controlling the moisture in your crawl space is a priority in keeping it dry.
Moisture control begins around the exterior of your home and many problems can be avoided here early on. Installing gutters is fairly inexpensive compared to the benefits. Gutters direct the rain water away from the foundation and away from your crawl space. If you are unable to install gutters, hire a professional to grade the ground around your home so water flows away from the structure.
After external issues have been handled, closely inspect the inside of your crawl space. Dirt floors should usually be sealed with a material such as polyethylene because, even if they look dry, they can discharge moisture into your crawl space.
Take care of your crawl space issues now before they create a larger problem with your foundation or your health.