Safe Guard Your San Ramon home in Winter
Wet winter weather is here. This increases the chances for water to cause mayhem under homes. Why is this an important issue? Crawl spaces are full of important supports, and the things that hold up the house, and usually these structures are made up of wood. Some moisture is expected in the crawl space, but when there is too much, water can soak into the supporting wood and cause all kinds of trouble. Mold and fungus and rot is not something that anyone wants to deal with. What are some easy ways to avoid excess water under there?
Ventilation. Be sure that ventilation screens are not blocked by soil or plants. This will help air to circulate below the house. Improve ventilation: Passive ventilation is natural ventilation that doesn’t use mechanical equipment. Foundation vents (metal screens or louvers) and daylight windows for basements are the best sources of passive ventilation. Active ventilation involves mechanical equipment, such as an exhaust fan.
Gutters and drainage. Your roof gutters should be cleaned periodically and check that the downspouts aren’t causing water to collect at the foundation, and that they drain away from the house.
Check for plumbing leaks. A leaky shower toilet or tub can cause excess water below the house. Have the underneath plumbing inspected from time to time to check for failed pipes or corroded fittings in water or sewer lines.
Landscaping. Be sure that plants right next to the house are not being over-watered. Check your irrigation system, or have a qualified landscaper check your sprinklers and irrigation to ensure there are no broken sprinkler lines, or a sprinkler that is over-watering too close to the house
Soil composition. What kind of soil is around and under the house? For example, clay soil expands when wet, and contracts when dry. This can sometimes cause issues with foundations and drainage.
Not every house is designed to suit the land it sits on, which can result in a poorly vented crawl space. Corrective measures, particularly on hillside properties and areas with clay soils, can be expensive and require in-ground drainage, sump pumps, and ventilation systems. Addressing this issue ahead of time, however, can help avoid costlier and labor intensive repairs and renovations later on.
So, even though it seems like a daunting task and may not be an emergency issue at the moment, it is best to address any water problems as early as possible. If you are considering buying a home, be sure that the inspector does a thorough job checking under the house. If you are considering selling your home, and are concerned about possible water/drainage issues, it is best to be pro-active, and contact a qualified professional right away. We have been buying and selling homes in the San Ramon Valley for 15+ years. Call, email or text us today if you are considering buying or selling a home. If you are looking for a reputable professional to help you with a water issue, we can refer you to qualified professionals that are nearby. Don’t let water put a damper on your home plans!