Douglasville Crawlspace & Basement Waterproofing Services
When you home’s crawl space or basement has ongoing problems related to moisture seepage in Douglasville, you are at risk of several types of damage. Water and humidity will contribute to rotting wooden structures, including wooden supports and floor joists. It’s important to remember that those wooden beams, supports and joists partially hold up the weight of your house. When the beams begin to rot, our clients typically notice sloping floors and sloping rooms. Additionally, moisture present in a basement or crawlspace will encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which are universally known to cause a variety of medical problems.
- 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
Solutions for Your Crawl Space Moisture Problem
American Crawlspace Solutions can install a customized drainage system to quickly and automatically remove water from beneath your house. ACS also provides a number of related solutions which can remove and/or divert water from your home, including sealing leaky cracks in your basement walls.
These waterproofing systems stop water from invading the basement under your home and damaging wooden support beams, floorboards, and joists located beneath the family’s home. Whenever precipitation from the soil seeps into your crawlspace, it is diverted into a drainage pipe or sump pump. Once inside the pipe, the excess moisture will be sent into a sump pump which will ultimately push the water out and away from the home to a safe distance away from the home. To assist with high humidity in the crawl space, we can install an automated dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
At American Crawlspace Solutions, our customers satisfaction is our #1 goal. Our crew of professionals will consistently excel at customer service, prompt communications, and professionally-certified foundation and basement repairs for our friends and neighbors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Musty odors inside a home are indicative of a mold or mildew problem in the crawl space below the floor. Mold and mildew are fungi which love to grow in warm and dark areas which have excessive moisture, humidity, as well as wooden materials for the fungus to feed on. If your home’s basement or crawlspace has not been properly prepared to deflect moisture in the ground around your home, then your house might experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a potentially unhealthy fungus which colonizes wooden supports and floor joists under a home. As mold grows and reproduces, it releases spores into the air. Mold spores spread into your home’s air. Construction experts have reported that fully 50% of the air in your home originates from the space beneath it. Thus it is vitally crucial to address the problem in a timely manner as the fungus is known to cause health problems including asthma issues, skin rashes, fatigue and headaches.
Excess water and humidity below the home: the warning signs:
- Sticky windows and doors
- Standing water in the basement or crawlspace
- Rotted wood beams and supports
- Sloping floors
- Cracks in the home’s walls
Ridding Your Crawl Space of Humidity
With our professional’s help, you can control moisture levels in your 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 beneath your home.
As a responsible homeowner, we encourage you not allow foundation problems to linger. It is our sincere hope you will call us today so that we can help you assess your foundation’s problems and provide you with a prompt repair estimate.
Flooded Crawl Space
If not water-proofed, your home’s crawl space can flood during periods of heavy rain or snowmelt. Once runoff finds its way inside your basement, it can cause the wooden elements of your home’s structure, making them warp and rot. This is especially important in the case of wooden beams and floor joists which support the mass of your house. Rotted supports and joists greatly lower your home’s stability and overall property value.
Additionally, a flooded crawl space is the perfect environment for unhealthy mold and mildew which thrive in damp, dark environments. The fungus is known by medical professionals to cause everything from respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes. Rotting wood in the presence of moisture and humidity also creates an advantageous habitat for unwanted pests such as termites, roaches, snakes, spiders and rats.
How To Fix Crawl Space Flooding
If your problems occur when there is heavy rain, we will install a drain tile system. Our drain tile system consists of a pipe which is laid into a gravel-filled cavity dung along the outside of your foundation. Whenever precipitation from the soil seeps into the gravel area, it into the pipe. Once inside the pipe, it will be directed into a sump pump which will ultimately push the water away from the home to a safe distance away from the home. To help prevent mold growth and musty odors, we can easily control moisture levels in your crawl space with a dehumidifier. A dry crawl space is a healthy crawl space.
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.
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 a very good chance your home is beset with an excessive moisture problem in the basement or crawl space. 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 be the cause a number of issues. Water collecting below your house may result in wooden structural elements experiencing rot, decay, and warping. Such damage will cause the beams and floor boards below your home to become weak. Ultimately, the damanged joists will have trouble supporting the enormous weight of the structure, which will always cause sagging, uneven floors.
Warning signs which may indicate the presence of 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
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 address the presence of water and how it is gaining entry into your home. The most commong solution is to install an exterior drain which will divert rain away from your home’s foundation and into a sump pump or drain pipe leading away from your home.
No one sets higher expectations than those we place on ourselves. We will always provide professional service and outstanding customer service. Please call American Crawlspace Solutions today for a free no-obligation appointment.
Sinking Footing & Home Skirting
The foundation wall below your home, otherwise known as the skirting, can sink or become uneven over time. This is most noticeable with sagging floors and exterior cracks. Sinking footing can be caused by the columns which provide support being spaced too widely. In some cases, the joists, girders, and posts made from wood are decaying from rot due to moisture intrusion. Poor soil conditions around the perimeter of the structure can cause the foundation to become too unstable to hold up the mass of the home.
Does your home have a sinking footer? The warning signs:
- Cracks on interior walls of the home
- Sticky windows and doors
- Uneven floors
- Leaning supports under the house
How To Fix Home Skirting/Footing That Is Sinking or Bowing Inward
Foundation piers, jacks and other measure which provide enhanced stabilization can be taken to make sure your foundation’s structure is properly strengthened. When our customers’ foundation issues are related directly to hyrdostatic pressure, our team will install a drain system (gravel area adjacent to you foundation with a drain pipe at the bottom) around the perimeter of the house. Excess water or runoff from the ground enters the drain pipe layered within the gravel and will be forced away from the 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.