If you have problems related to your home’s crawlspace, we recommend Crawlspace Encapsulation. An encapsulated crawlspace is a more cost-effective alternative to the traditional wall-vented crawlspace. Other benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include controls humidity, adds usable space to the home, helps prevent freezing pipes, and controls foul odors.
If your home was constructed on a crawlspace, chances are you have open foundation vents in place. Despite what you may have heard, instead of forcing hot, humid air to exit the crawlspace, they allow the warm exterior air to have access to your crawlspace. This leads to excess moisture beneath your home which leads, in turn, to mold, fungus, and foul odors in the crawlspace. Crawlspace vents need to be sealed to keep out unwanted humid air. Dirt crawlspaces should also be covered with a proper vapor barrier installed on the floor and exterior walls. This is called Crawlspace Encapsulation. An encapsulated crawlspace will properly control humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
- Insects seen entering the basement or crawlspace
- Stagnant water around the foundation of your house
- Uneven floors in the first floor of a house
- Musty and moldy odors emanating from the basement
- Recent vision, skin or respiratory problems
When your home’s crawlspace has ongoing problems related to moisture damage can come in many forms. Excess humidity and moisture below your home contribute to rotting wooden structures, including wooden joists and beams. Please keep in mind that those wooden supports and floor joists partially hold up the weight of your home’s structure. When the joists begin to loose stability, homeowners often notice sloping floors and sloping rooms. Additionally, humidity present in a basement or crawlspace will create an environment suitable for the development of mold and mildew, which are widely known to to be to blame for a variety of medical issues.
Flooded Crawl Space
Without proper water-proofing, your home’s crawl space can flood during periods of heavy rain or snowmelt. If water finds a weakness in your foundation to get inside your basement, it can quickly cause damage to wooden elements of your home’s structure, making them rot and decay to the point of collapse. This is singularly important in the case of wooden beams and floor joists which support the mass of your house. Rotted supports and joists significantly lower your home’s stability and future re-sale value.
Moreover, a flooded crawl space is the perfect environment for unhealthy mold and mildew which thrive in damp, dark environments. This dangerous fungus has been known to cause several medical issues including respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes. Rotting wood in the presence of moisture and humidity also creates the perfect habitat for pests such as snakes, spiders, termites, rats and roaches.
How To Fix Crawl Space Flooding
If your water issues occur when there is precipitation, we will install a reliable basement drain system. Whenever moisture leaks into your basement or crawlspace, it our drain system. Once inside, it is sent into a sump pump which will ultimately pump the water out and away from the homes foundation. Further, to help prevent mold growth and musty odors, you can control moisture levels in your basement with an automatic dehumidifier system. A moisture-free crawl space is a healthy crawl space.
You can increase your home’s overall value by seeing to the stability and integrity of your home’s foundation. Call American Crawlspace Solutions today for a free assessment and no-obligation repair estimate.
Don’t let foundation problems linger. Contact us today for a free, no-stress estimate on your home repairs. Our team of professional foundation repair crews will work to restore your home’s foundation to its original stability in a quick and professional manner. For your protection and peace of mind, everything we do is licensed, insured and guaranteed. Whatever you home needs, our licensed and certified professionals can handle any size job. Your ACS repair crew will treat your home with respect and complete all work on your foundation with care, as if we were fixing our own home. All of our work is licensed, insured and guaranteed for your peace of mind.