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If you are in the market for foundation repair, we encourage you to do your homework before making a decision. Often there are just as many solutions out there as there are companies to choose from. Usually the best place to start is to learn about why your foundation started to sink in the first place. Here in Georgia we have mainly clay type soil which is highly expansive. What this means is during periods where we have a lot of rain, the soil will expand just like a wet sponge which can cause intense pressure on your foundation. It can cause lateral (side to side) movement as well as vertical (up and down) movement. Atlanta is no stranger to drought conditions either, and during those times the clay soil will subside or shrink away from the foundation. This expansion and shrinkage of the soil over the years can cause your foundation to settle. There are other causes as well, but this is a big one for our area. If the foundation is sinking, then everything sitting on the foundation is also going to sink. Diagonal cracks may appear over doorways, molding may separate, doors and windows may stick…all of these are common symptoms of a sinking foundation.

During our inspection, we’ll use a special tool called a “zip level” to verify if and where the foundation is sinking, and by how much. If a zip level is not used, all another contractor can do is guess. If we determine you need piers, we’ll show you how ours works. It’s pretty simple in theory. Basically, if the foundation is sinking then it must be lifted back up or stabilized to prevent further movement. We’ll determine what the best course of action will be, whether it is to restore the foundation back to its original place, or simply to stabilize in in place. Either way, protecting your biggest investment is something we take seriously here at American Crawlspace Solutions and we would be happy to help you!


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Here in the Metro Atlanta area during the months of May - September, we have unusually high humidity compared to the rest of the country. It is no big deal to have 80% humidity or higher on any given day. It’s even worse after one of those “pop up” showers we get all summer long. The air is thick and muggy and it affects almost everything, including vented crawlspaces. One of the most common statements customers will make during the initial service request is that “the house smells musty, like dirt.” If the crawlspace humidity is high, the wood under the house is staying damp most of the time. As with anything else that gets wet, it starts to stink. Wet dirt, dogs, clothes, and crawlspaces...they all start to stink. Mold in the crawlspace can put off a smell that can get into the house also. Most of the time, when odor is an issue in the crawlspace, humidity control is the solution. That’s where crawlspace encapsulation is great solution to this problem. Rather than having the vents of your crawlspace open, they should be closed.  In the summer months the temperature in your crawlspace will naturally be cooler than the outside temperature which causes the humidity inside the crawlspace to be higher than what it is outside.  Leaving the vents open will only make the humidity higher inside.  For example, if the outside temperature is 95 degrees and the humidity is 45%, this doesn’t seem too bad.

However, by venting this air into the crawlspace, the crawlspace temperature would easily be as low as 80 degrees and the humidity level would jump to 73%.  Mold growth and musty odors begin to occur at a 55-60% humidity.  If high humidity is causing an odor issue for your home, the practical solution is to control the humidity. Call one of our team members to find out how we can help! 678-871-7890


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Owned and operated by Jeremy Ross and John Harman, American Crawlspace Solutions aims to provide superior customer service and excellent workmanship on every project.

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