Crawlspace Solutions for Grayson GA
American Crawlspace Solutions is dedicated to homeowners in Grayson, Georgia and the entire Atlanta metro region.
American Crawlspace Solutions specailizes in Crawlspace Encapsulation. An encapsulated or sealed crawlspace is effective solution than the traditional wall-vented crawlspace. Other benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include: Helps to Prevent Freezing Pipes, Control Foul Odors, Helps to Keep Hardwood Floors from Cupping and Buckling, Control Conditions for Mold Growth, Locks Moisture Away in the Soil, Helps to Keep Floors Warmer in the Winter
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 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. An encapsulated crawlspace will perpetually manage humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
To further assist with high humidity in the crawl space, we can also provide an automated dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
Musty odors inside a home are indicative of a mold or mildew issue in the crawl space below your home. Mold is a fungus which thrives in dark places which have excessive moisture, humidity, as well as wooden items for the fungus to feed and 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 potentially unhealthy fungus which grows on wooden supports and floor joists under a home. As mold grows, it puts spores into the air. These spores float into your home’s air. Construction experts have reported that fully half of the air in a home flows from the space beneath it. Thus it is vitally important to address the problem in a timely manner as mold is known to be the cause of many common health problems including skin rashes, eye irritation, fatigue, headaches and asthma.
Below are the warning signs of water and humidity in your crawl space:
- Sticky windows and doors
- Standing water in the basement or crawlspace
- Rotted wood beams and supports
- Sloping floors
- Cracks in the home’s walls
Fixing Water and Humidity Problems
We can easily control moisture levels in your crawl space with a dehumidifier system. Dehumidifiers are a simple and reliable solution because a dry crawl space is a healthy basement. By removing moisture and humidity, mold will not be able to grow in the area beneath your house.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more professional and reputable foundation repair company in our city. Our work is guaranteed and our staff is licensed and insured. Contact your local American Crawlspace Solutions expert right away to schedule a free, no-pressure, no-obligation repair estimate.
Flooded Crawl Space
Without proper water-proofing, your basement can flood during periods of heavy precipitation or snowmelt. If runoff finds a weakness in your foundation to get inside your basement, it can cause the wooden elements of your home’s structure, making them rot and decay to the point of collapse. This is vitally critical in the case of support beams and floor joists that hold up the mass of your house. Damaged supports and joists significantly diminish your home’s structural integrity and future re-sale value.
Additionally, a flooded crawl space is a suitable habitat for dangerous mold and mildew which colonize and thrive in damp, dark environments. The fungus has been known 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 attractive habitat for unwanted pests such as termites, roaches, snakes, spiders and rats.
How To Fix Crawl Space Flooding
If your flooding occur when there is rain, we can install a basement drain system. Whenever rain seeps into your basement or crawlsapce, it our drain system. From there, the water is diverted into a sump pump which will quickly divert the water out and away from the home. Further, to help mitigate again mold growth and musty odors, you can control moisture levels in your crawl space with an electric dehumidifier system. A dry crawl space is a healthy basement.
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 good indication your home is experiencing an excessive moisture problem in the area below your home. If the crawl space beneath the your building 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 beginning to rot, decay, and warping. This type of damage will make the beams and floor boards of your home to become weak. Ultimately, the damanged joists will have trouble maintaining the vast weight of the structure of your home above, which can create sagging, uneven floors.
The common signs of excess 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
There are really 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 any water and how it is gaining entry into your home. The most commong solution is to install a drain system which diverts rain 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.