Crawlspace Repair Services for Sunnyside Georgia
American Crawlspace Solutions is proud to provide Crawlspace Encapsulation services for homeowners in Sunnyside. As you may have heard, an encapsulated or sealed crawlspace is a more energy-efficient alternative to 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 foundation vents in place. Although it might not make sense, instead of forcing hot, humid air out of the crawlspace, they instead allow the humid exterior air to enter 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 in order to prevent 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 manage humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
Warning signs which might indicate a problem 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
Our goal is to provide you with the most prompt and professional foundation repair services available in our service area. Please contact us today for a free assessment and written repair estimate.
Flooded Crawl Space
If not water-proofed, your crawl space can flood during periods of heavy rain. Once water finds its way inside your basement, it can quickly cause the wooden elements of your home’s structure, making them rot, warp, and decay. This is singularly important in the case of wooden beams and floor joists which support the mass of your house. Decayed supports and joists greatly diminish your home’s stability and future re-sale value. Moreover, a water-logged crawl space is a great place for unhealthy mold and mildew which thrive in damp, dark environments. The fungus is known by medical professionals to cause any number of health problems including respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes. Rotting wood combined with moisture and humidity also creates the perfect habitat for pests such as snakes, spiders, termites, rats and roaches.
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 damaged by 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 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 floor boards and joists, joists and beams below your home to become weak. Ultimately, they will have trouble maintaining the weight of the structure, which can cause sagging, uneven floors.
Musty, moldy odors inside a home are an indication of a mold or mildew issue in the crawl space in your homes crawlspace or basement. Black mold is a fungi which loves to grow in dark places which have excessive moisture, humidity, and wooden materials for the fungus to feed and grow on. If your basement or crawlspace has not been properly prepared to deflect moisture in the ground around your home, your home might experience the growth of mold and mildew. Mold is a potentially unhealthy fungus which lives on the surface of wooden supports and floor joists under a home. As mildew reproduces, it shoots spores into the air. These spores will float into your home’s air. Studies indicate that nearly half of the air in any home enters from the space below it. So we feel that it is vitally important to address the problem promptly as the fungus is widely known to be the cause of many common health problems such as skin rashes, eye irritation, fatigue, headaches and asthma.
The last thing you should do as a homeowner is ignore the warning signs of ongoing foundation and basement problems. You can protect the value and future salability of your home by quickly addressing and repairing any current foundation and basement issues. Call your local American Crawlspace Solutions right away and we’ll send out a friendly, professional estimator who will provide you with a prompt assessment of your foundation’s issues as well as a written repair estimate. We’ve help countless homeowners over the years and we look forward with great enthusiasm to helping you.