Professional Crawlspace Repair Services for Forsyth, GA
When you home’s crawl space has problems with moisture seepage, you are at risk of several types of damage. Excess humidity and moisture below your home will contribute to wood rot, including wooden supports and floor joists. Please keep in mind that those wooden supports and floor joists partially support the weight of your home’s structure. When the beams begin to loose stability, homeowners often notice uneven floors and uneven rooms. Furthermore, water present in a basement or crawlspace will encourage the development of mold and mildew, which are widely known to cause a variety of health-related problems.
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 should always 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 properly prevent humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
To further assist with excessive humidity in the area beneath your home, we can also install an automated dehumidifier to remove excess humidity from the air.
A free, no-obligation structural assessment and repair estimate is yours at no charge, so please call us to schedule an appointment. Your satisfaction is our #1 goal.
Musty, moldy odors inside a home are indicative of a mold or mildew problem in the crawl space below your home. Mold is a fungus which loves to grow in warm and dark areas which have excessive moisture, humidity, as well as organic (wooden) items for the fungus to grow on. If your home’s basement or crawlspace was never properly outfitted to divert moisture in the ground around your home, then your house could very well experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a known health risk fungus which grows on wooden supports and floor joists in your crawl space or basement. As mildew spreads, it puts spores into the air. Mold spores make their way into your home’s air. Engineers have reported that nearly half of the air in any home originates from the space below it. Thus most foundation repair companies feel it is incredibly important to address the mold in a timely manner as the fungus is widely known to cause health problems including 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
We can easily control moisture levels in your basement or crawl space with a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are a simple and reliable solution because a dry crawl space is a healthy crawl space. By removing moisture and humidity, mold will not be able to grow in your crawlspace.
Flooded Crawl Space
Without proper water-proofing, your home’s crawl space can flood during periods of heavy precipitation or snowmelt. Once moisture finds a path inside your basement, it can quickly cause the wooden elements of your home’s structure, making them warp and rot. This is singularly important in the case of wooden beams and floor joists that hold up the structure of your house. Rotted supports and joists greatly diminish your home’s stability and overall property value.
Moreover, a water-logged crawl space is the perfect environment for unhealthy mold and mildew which colonize and thrive in damp, dark environments. This dangerous fungus is known by medical professionals to trigger several medical issues including respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes. Rotten wood structural elements in the presence of moisture and humidity also creates an advantageous habitat for pests such as rats, termites, and roaches.
How To Fix Crawl Space Flooding
If your water issues occur when there is heavy rain, the staff of American Crawlspace Solutions will install a basement drain system. Whenever rain flows into your basement or crawlsapce, it is diverted our drain system. Once inside, the excess moisture is sent into a sump pump which will automatically divert the water some distance from the home. Further, to help prevent mold growth and musty odors, we can easily control moisture levels in your basement or crawl space with an automatic dehumidifier. A dry crawl space is a healthy crawl space.
Sagging Floor Boards
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’s structure hasn’t been sealed off or waterproofed, then water seepage will easily get inside your foundation and be the cause a number of issues. Water collecting below your house may result in wooden structural elements suffering from rot, decay, and warping. This type of damage will cause the beams and floor boards below your home to become weak. Ultimately, the damanged joists will have trouble maintaining the weight of the house above, which will always cause sagging, uneven floors.
Warning signs which may indicate the presence of moisture under your home:
- Stagnant pools of water in and around your foundation and basement
- Rotting wood or structures
- Living areas smell musty or moldy
- The presence of termites, roaches, and other pests
How To Fix Floors That Are Sinking/Sagging
Unfortunately there are 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 account for the presence of water and how it is entering your home. We will likely install which diverts precipiation into a sump pump and away from your home’s foundation.
Our team of professionals will consistently provide excellent customer service, prompt communications, and professionally certified foundation repairs. Please call for a free estimate.