Crawlspace Solutions for Dunwoody
When you home’s crawl space has ongoing problems related to moisture seepage, damage can come in many forms. Excess humidity and moisture below your home will contribute to rotting wooden structures, including wooden support beams and floor joists. Please keep in mind that those wooden beams, supports and joists partially hold up the weight of your house. When the supports begin to deteriorate, you may notice uneven floors and uneven rooms. Furthermore, humidity present in a basement or crawlspace will encourage the development of mold and mildew, which are universally known to cause a variety of health-related issues.
Warning signs of a crawl space to excessive moisture:
- Musty scents coming from below your home
- Recent vision, skin or respiratory problems
- Insects seen entering the basement or crawlspace
- Uneven floors in the first floor of a house
- Water standing around the footing of the home
Crawl Space Moisture Solutions
We recommend Crawlspace Encapsulation. A sealed crawlspace is comprehensive solution than the traditional wall-vented crawlspace. Other benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include: More Energy Efficient, Improves Indoor Air Quality, Increased Home Value and Eye Appeal, Control Humidity, Adds Usable Space to the Home
If your home is built on a crawlspace, chances are you have open foundation vents in place. Contrary to popular belief, instead of letting humid air out of the crawlspace they allow the warm exterior air into your home. This leads to excess moisture which leads, in turn, to mold, fungus, and foul odors in the crawlspace. Crawlspace vents need to be closed to seal out unwanted humid air. Dirt crawlspaces also need a proper vapor barrier installed on the floor and exterior walls. An encapsulated crawlspace will perpetually deflect humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
To further assist with high moisture in the area beneath your home, we can also outfit your crawlspace with an automated dehumidifier to remove excess humidity from the air.
Musty, moldy odors inside a home are an indication of a mold or mildew problem in the crawl space below your home. Mold is a type of fungus which loves to grow in environments which have excessive moisture, humidity, as well as wooden materials for the fungus to grow on. If your home’s basement or crawlspace was not originally properly sealed from moisture in the ground around your home, then your home might experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a known health risk fungus which grows on wooden supports and floor joists under a home. As the fungus grows and reproduces, it shoots spores into the air. These spores float into your home’s air. Construction experts have reported that fully half of the air in your home flows from the space below it. Thus most foundation repair companies feel it is critically important to address the problem promptly as mold is widely known to be the cause of many common health problems such as respiratory and asthma issues, skin rashes and eye irritation, fatigue and headaches.
Excess water and humidity below the home: the warning signs:
- Cracks in the home’s walls
- Doors and windows which do not open and close
- Standing water in the basement or crawlspace
- Rotten wood joists
- Sloping floors
Fixing Water and Humidity Problems for Dunwoody Homeowners
With our professional’s help, you can control moisture levels in your basement or crawl space with a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are a straightforward solution because a dry crawl space is a healthy crawl space. By removing moisture and humidity, mold will not be able to grow beneath your home.
Don’t let the stress of a lingering foundation repair problem both you any longer. Call either of our numbers (local or toll-free) to schedule a free on-site assessment and repair estimate.
Sagging, Unlevel Floor Joists
You may notice that the first floor of your home has un-even floors that appear to be sagging. If so, there is good indication your home is experiencing an excessive moisture problem in the area below your home. If the crawl space beneath the your home hasn’t been sealed off or waterproofed, then water seepage will easily get inside your foundation and cause a number of issues. Water collecting below your house may result in wooden structural elements experiencing rot, decay, and warping. This type of damage will make the beams and floor boards of your home to become weak. Ultimately, the damanged joists will have trouble supporting the vast weight of the structure of your home above, which will always create sagging, uneven floors.
The common signs of excess moisture under your home:
- Rotting wood or structures
- Termites, roaches, and other pests
- Stagnant pools of water lying against the footing
- Musty or moldy odors
Sinking and Sagging Floors: How to Fix Them
There are really two problems to fix. First, we will install jacks and supports to stabilize the floor boards, level your floors, and prevent additional sinking. Secondly, we need to deal with the presence of water and how it is gaining entry into your home. In most cases we will install which diverts moisture into a sump pump and away from your home’s foundation.
Our friendly and helpful team of experts can help you reduce the stress and anxiety of ongoing foundation problems with prompt, professional estimates and repair services. Call us today to schedule an appointment. For your safety and peace of mind, everything our American Crawlspace Solutions experts do is licensed, insured and guaranteed.