When your crawlspace has experienced issues with moisture you are at risk of several types of damage. Excess humidity and moisture below your home contribute to wood rot, including wooden support beams and floor joists. It’s important to remember that those wooden supports and floor joists support the weight of your house. When the supports begin to loose stability, homeowners often notice un-level floors. Additionally, moisture present in a basement or crawlspace will create an environment suitable for the growth of mold and mildew, which are universally known to cause a variety of health-related issues.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Services
Our trained professionals can provide your home with Crawlspace Encapsulation. An encapsulated or sealed crawlspace is a more cost-effective solution than the traditional wall-vented crawlspace. Other benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include helps to prevent freezing pipes, controls foul odors, helps to keep hardwood floors from cupping and buckling, controls conditions for mold growth, and helps to keep floors warmer in the winter.
If your home was constructed on a crawlspace, chances are you have open foundation vents in the walls of your homes foundation. Although it might not make sense, instead of forcing hot, humid air out of the crawlspace, they instead allow the hot exterior air into to your basement. This leads to excess moisture beneath your home which leads, in turn, to fungus and musty odors in the crawlspace. Crawlspace vents should always be closed to seal out unwanted humid air. Dirt crawlspaces require a proper vapor barrier installed on the floor and exterior walls. This is called Crawlspace Encapsulation. An encapsulated crawlspace will perpetually deflect humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
Common problems you might experience with a damp crawl space:
- Insects seen entering the basement or crawlspace
- Water standing around the footing of the home
- Uneven floors in the first floor of a house
- Musty scents coming from below your home
- Recent vision, skin or respiratory problems
Mold & Mildew Create Unpleasant Odors
Musty odors inside a home are an indication of a mold or mildew issue in the crawl space in your basement. Mold is a fungus which thrives in dark places which have excessive moisture, humidity, and organic materials for the fungus to grow on. If your basement or crawlspace was not originally properly prepared to deflect moisture in the ground around your home, your house might experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a fungus which colonizes wooden supports and floor joists in your crawl space or basement. As mildew reproduces, it shoots spores into the air. These spores float into your home’s air. Studies have reported that nearly half of the air in a home enters from the space below it. Thus it is incredibly important to address the mold promptly as the fungus is widely known to bring about health problems such as respiratory and asthma issues, skin rashes and eye irritation, fatigue and headaches.
Below are the warning signs of water and humidity in your crawl space:
- Rotted wood beams and supports
- Sloping floors
- Cracks in the home’s walls
- Doors and windows which do not open and close
- Standing water below the home
Ridding Your Crawl Space of Humidity
Please don’t let your foundation problems linger. Call us today and our friendly, professional estimators will provide you with a prompt assessment of your foundation’s issues and a written repair estimate.
Flooded Crawl Space
Without proper water-proofing, your crawl space can flood during periods of excessive precipitation. Once water finds a path inside your basement, it can cause damage to wooden elements of your home’s structure, making them warp and rot. This is most obvious in the case of wooden beams and floor joists which support the weight of your house. Damaged supports and joists greatly diminish your home’s structural integrity and future re-sale value.
Additionally, a flooded crawl space is a suitable habitat for unhealthy mold and mildew which live in damp, dark environments. The black mold has been known to trigger any number of health problems including respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes. Rotting wood in the presence of humidity also creates an attractive habitat for unwanted 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 can install a basement drain system. Whenever precipitation leaks into your basement or crawlspace, it our drain system. Once inside, it is forwarded into a sump pump which will quickly push the water away from the home. Further, to help stop mold growth and musty odors, we can easily control moisture levels in your basement or crawl space with an electric dehumidifier system. A dry crawl space is a safe crawl space.
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Uneven, Sagging Floors
You may notice that the first floor of your home has un-even floors that appear to be sagging. If so, there is every reason to believe your home is experiencing an excessive moisture problem in your home’s basement. 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 manifest a number of issues. Water collecting below your house may result in wooden structural elements suffering from rot, decay, and warping. Such damage will cause the floor boards and joists, joists and beams supporting your home to become weak. Ultimately, they will have trouble maintaining the enormous weight of your home, which will manifest as sagging, uneven floors.
Warning signs which may indicate the presence of moisture under your home:
- Stagnant pools of water lying against the footing
- Living areas smell musty or moldy
- Rotting wood or structures
- The presence of termites, roaches, and other pests
Repair Solutions for Sinking Floors
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 address stagnant water and how it is finding a path into your home. We will likely install a drain system which diverts water into a sump pump and away from your home’s foundation.
The last thing you should do as a homeowner is ignore the warning signs of ongoing foundation and basement problems. Protect the value of your home by addressing and repairing all foundation and basement issues. Call us today for a free assessment and estimate.
We will treat your home with respect and work on your foundation as if we were fixing our own home. From beginning to end, all the work we do is licensed, insured and guaranteed. Your satisfaction is our #1 goal. Our team of professionals will consistently provide excellent customer service, prompt communications, and professionally certified foundation repairs for our friends and neighbors.