Crawl Space Problems Often Originate From High Above

Real Estate Agent with Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827

When there are moisture problems below the house, the problem usually originates from higher above. Proper preventative maintenance can save the homeowner many thousands of dollars of repairs later on.

Prolonged moisture in the crawl space provides ideal conditions for the growth of mold and the deterioration of wood.

Mold and wood damage can also cause the home seller to lose thousands or tens of thousands of dollars of home value.

Louisville Crawl Space Moisture

 Common sources of water intrusion to the crawl space include;

  • Damaged gutters or improperly installed gutters causing water to spill out of the gutters to the ground near the foundation.
  • Damaged downspouts or improperly installed downspouts causing water to be discharged too close to the home and the foundation.
  • Poor grading funnelling water towards the foundation and the crawl space instead of expelling the water far from the home.
  • Sidewalks or concrete pad slanted toward the home, thereby causing water intrusion.
  • Air conditioning condensation lines discharging water into the crawl space instead of directing it away from the home.

All these problems can be prevented or fixed by periodically checking for moisture and for sources of moisture. Something as simple as a ten dollar downspout extender can save the homeowner five thousand dollars of damage from ever occurring. 


Comments (8)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Control the moisture and you control most issues the may pop up

Jun 25, 2018 06:15 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi David.  Very good advice for anyone with a crawl space under their home.  

Jun 26, 2018 05:03 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It's amazing how many leaky roofs show up in the crawl space of a house David...

Jun 26, 2018 09:40 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

SO funny but, I accused my inspector of having JUST been re-certified on gutters, Dave! Lately, each and every inspection has revealed some form of gutter issue! You're so right though, most of the issues come from above and typically are not an expensive 'fix' either - unless, of course, you have to replace a roof!

Hope you're having a great week!

Jun 26, 2018 06:39 PM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Great inforation ... we see this a lot unfortunately in TN.

Jun 28, 2018 06:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dave Halpern - This is GREAT information! I think you just passed along some very valuable information that many homeowners don't know. With continous moisture down there, it's gotta be a sick house with allergies, headaches, and sickness and never ending costs for repairs, unless it gets fixed right. But even then, major cost!

Thank you for posting this and I hope it gets featured!

Jun 28, 2018 03:03 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Buyers and sellers should take note on this. The problem may occur, but their is a remedy...

Jul 03, 2018 08:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with home owners and prospective home buyers.

Jul 10, 2018 08:00 AM