Water Damaged CrawlspaceCrawlspace Water Damage

As a rarely visited part of your home, water entry into your home’s crawlspace can easily go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Outdoor flooding, cracks in the foundation, a leaky HVAC unit or any upstairs flooding can lead to significant standing water in your crawlspace.

If water in your crawlspace goes unchecked, it can lead to a number of issues:Crawlspace with columns and pipes, with an inch of standing water

• Standing water in a crawlspace provides a constant means for mold spores to rapidly reproduce.
• The high humidity that standing water causes allows for mold growth on the sub-floor and exposed floor joists.
• Over extended periods of time, mold will eat away at the floor joists – severely weakening the structural integrity of the building.
• Excess moisture in the air can dampen the insulation – reducing its effectiveness as a heat blocker, driving up energy costs and providing a food source for mold.
• Poor air quality in the crawlspace can spread potentially toxic mold spores to the living areas of your home.

If you are concerned that your crawlspace is allowing the rampant growth of mold, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a free inspection and consultation of your crawlspace. The only way to protect the structural integrity of your property and the health of your family from the dangers of mold is to consult Novos for a certified crawlspace restoration.

Crawlspace Restoration

At Novos, we specialize in crawlspace restoration and encapsulation. Whether your crawlspace is filled with standing water, or there is just enough moisture to allow mold to grow, Novos will undertake a complete crawlspace restoration to protect your family and the integrity of your home.

Depending on the amount of of water present in your crawlspace, extra steps will be taken to remove the standing water; then a thorough heat treatment will be used to reduce moisture levels below what’s required for mold grow.

With every crawlspace restoration that we perform, Novos follows this standard plan for proper encapsulation:

• Removal of all existing contaminated insulation and the existing plastic vapor barrier (if one is present).
• A thorough chemical treatment to dissolve existing mold – followed by an application of a mold-resistant sealant.
• Installation of new ceiling insulation and low-permanence plastic sheeting as a vapor barrier.
• Seal off any vents that allow airflow from the outside into the crawlspace. This prevents humidity changes within the crawlspace.
• Installation of commercial dehumidifiers to keep the relative humidity in the crawlspace below levels conducive to mold growth.
• If necessary, installation of a sump pump to remove any new water that enters the crawlspace – provided water entry through the foundation cannot be stopped.