To understand the importance of your San Francisco crawlspace you must first know the purpose. Traditionally crawlspaces were added to homes that did not have a basement, with a main goal of providing air circulation through the home and also allow easy access to maintenance, repair and installation needs. Although crawlspaces are not used as living spaces, it is extremely important to maintain the health of it.
San Francisco area crawlspaces can be very frustrating and difficult to maintain at times. If there is any leaking in your crawlspace in your home, it can lead to several problems for you and your family. Having moisture or water in there can have the effects of both immediate and long term issues. There are several causes to this kind of a situation. Waterproofing is definitely a necessity in obtaining a healthy crawlspace, vapor barriers are generally used. If your home does not have rain gutters or if there are downspouts draining the water along your foundation, then the water will find your crawlspace and create several problems. If this is the case for you, I would find a service provider experienced in the San Francisco area.
Wet crawlspaces are sources of high humidity, which can produce surface condensation, mildew and fungi, musty odors, and an unhealthy environment. The built up moisture can also cause deterioration of floor joists, beams, sub-flooring, insulation, and electrical-mechanical systems. In the crawlspaces, if the under-flooring insulation collects moisture or sags from excessive wetness, the heating and air conditioning costs are driven higher. The crawlspace is an integral part of your home and should be kept neat, clean, and easily accessible. Inspecting the crawlspace often is a good way to make sure that there are no signs of moisture and mildew.