Professional Crawlspace Repair Services for Smyrna
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When you home’s crawl space or basement has ongoing problems related to moisture seepage, you are at risk of several types of damage. Moisture and humidity will contribute to rotting wooden structures, including wooden support beams and floor joists. We always remind our valued customers that those wooden beams, supports and joists partially carry the weight of your home’s structure. When the joists begin to loose stability, you may notice unlevel floors and unlevel rooms. Furthermore, moisture present in a basement or crawlspace will create an environment suitable for the development of mold and mildew, which are widely known to cause a variety of medical issues.
Warning signs of a crawl space to excessive moisture:
- Uneven floors in the first floor of a house
- Musty and moldy odors emanating from the basement
- Unexplained health problems
- Insects and pests are colonizing the crawlspace
- Water standing around the footing of the home
Solutions for Your Crawl Space Moisture Problem
We recommend Crawlspace Encapsulation to prevent future moisture problems. Existing vents need to be closed to seal out unwanted humid air. Dirt crawlspaces also need a proper vapor barrier installed on the floor and exterior walls. An encapsulated crawlspace will properly control humidity, leading to a healthier and more energy efficient home.
The safety and satisfaction of our customers come first. All our work is guaranteed and our team is licensed and insured. Please contact us today for your free no-stress, no-obligation foundation assessment and repair estimate.
Musty, moldy odors inside a home are indicative of a mold or mildew colony growing in the crawl space below your home. Mold and mildew are fungi which love to grow in dark places which have excessive moisture, humidity, as well as organic (wooden) materials for the fungus to grow on. If your home’s basement or crawlspace was not originally properly sealed from moisture in the soil, your house could very well experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a known health risk fungus which lives on the surface of wooden supports and floor joists under a home. As mildew spreads, it shoots spores into the air. Mold spores make their way 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 most foundation repair companies feel it is critically crucial to address the issues promptly as the fungus is known to bring about health problems including skin rashes, eye irritation, fatigue, headaches and asthma.
Excess water and humidity below the home: the warning signs:
- 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
Fixing Water and Humidity Problems
With our professional’s help, you can control moisture levels in your basement with a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are a straightforward solution because a water-free crawl space is a healthy basement. By removing moisture and humidity, mold will not be able to grow in your crawlspace.
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.
Flooded Crawl Space
Without proper water-proofing, your home’s crawl space can flood during periods of heavy raint. If runoff finds a path inside your basement, it can quickly cause the 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 support beams and floor joists which support the mass of your house. Rotted supports and joists significantly diminish your home’s structural integrity and future re-sale value.
Additionally, a water-logged crawl space is a great place for dangerous mold and mildew which colonize and thrive in damp, dark environments. The fungus has been known to cause any number of health problems including respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes. Rotten wood structural elements combined with moisture and humidity also creates an attractive habitat for unwanted pests such as roaches, spiders and rats.
If your flooding occur when there is heavy rain, the staff of American Crawlspace Solutions will install a reliable drain system. Our drain system consists of a pipe which is set into in the ground of your crawlspace. Whenever rain from the yard flows into your basement or crawlspace, it is diverted into the pipe. Once inside the pipe, it will be directed into a sump pump which will push the water from the foundation to a safe distance away from the foundation.
A Free Inspection and Repair Estimate is available today, so call us to schedule an appointment.
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 basement or crawl space. 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 beginning to rot, decay, and warping. Such damage will cause the floor boards and joists, joists and beams of your home to become weak. Ultimately, the decaying boards will have trouble supporting the enormous weight of your home, which will cause 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
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 address any water and how it is entering your home. In most cases we will install a drain along the outside of your foundation which diverts rain away from your home’s foundation and into a drainage pipe or a sump pump.
Our professionally-certified and American Crawlspace Solutions experts and repair crews provide prompt, professional repair services and, most importantly, peace of mind for our customers. Contact us today and we will schedule a free, on-site assessment at a time of your convenience anywhere in our city and our surrounding service area. Don’t let the stress of a lingering foundation or basement repair issues bother you any longer.
Sinking Footing & Home Skirting
The main wall of foundation blocks around your home, otherwise known as the footing or skirting, can sink or become uneven over time. This is perhaps most noticeable with uneven or sagging floors or exterior cracks. Sinking footing can in some cases be caused by the columns which provide support being constructed too widely. As if often the case with sinking foundation footing, the joists, girders, and posts made from wood are decaying from rot due to moisture intrusion. Poor soil conditions around the perimeter of your home’s foundation walls can cause the foundation to be too unstable to hold up the mass of the home.
How to tell if your home has a sinking foundation footer:
- Cracks on walls inside of the home
- Windows and doors are difficult to open or close
- Uneven floors
- Leaning supports under the house
How To Fix Home Skirting/Footing That Is Sinking or Bowing Inward
Piers, basement jacks and similar methods can be taken to insure your foundation’s structure is adequately strengthened. If your foundation issues are due to issues with excess runoff, your American Crawlspace Solutions professionals will install a drain system (gravel area adjacent to you foundation with a drain pipe at the bottom) around the perimeter of the foundation. Excess water or runoff from the ground enters the drain pipe layered within the gravel and will be sent away from the building.
Foundation repair is critically important to the stability and value of your home. As such, we understand you will seek out multiple assessments and repair estimates. Please contact us right now and we’ll schedule a time to meet you anytime, morning, afternoon or evening, at a time of your convenience.