Is your crawl space damp or wet?
Crawl spaces are one of the most overlooked parts of the home. What many homeowners don’t realize is that damage to these spaces can place the entire property at risk. We help homeowners eliminate dampness from their crawl spaces.
If the levels of water vapor and temperatures in your basement are not ideal, this can end up damaging the walls, beams, piers, joints and many structures essential to your home’s condition.
Signs of Crawl Space Damage
Excessive moisture is your crawl space’s worst enemy. Symptoms of poor moisture control can range from puddles of water to a damp environment. Increase in moisture can be attributed to many factors that include poor drainage, faulty foundations and improper waterproofing.
Wet or Moist Environment
One sign that your crawl space is exposed to excessive moisture is a moist environment or pools of water. This gives mold, mildew and other organisms the perfect environment to cause respiratory illnesses and insect infestations.
Cracks, Sagging and Misalignment
When cracks begin to appear, floors start to sag and windows and doors become misaligned, it might mean the damage to crawl space is more severe. This is a serious problem because it means the damage has extended beyond the crawl space and is now affecting your home’s foundation.
Moisture Control Solutions
There are a range of solutions a specialist can use to minimize moisture in your crawl space. These include:
Sump Pumps: Sump pumps can draw water away from the crawl space by pumping it out and towards outlets. It can solve flooding and get rid of standing water.
Interior Perimeter Drainage System: Investing in an interior drainage system can control moisture and water from underground.
Sealing and Insulation: Sealing off crawl space soil from the rest of the home is effective at reducing the odor and humidity caused by mold and mildew.
Vapor Barriers: barriers are used to limit the movement of vapor from open-earth into crawl space.
Foundation Insulation: insulating the foundation can inhibit the growth of microorganisms that cause health hazards.
Because damage to your crawl space can pose a threat to the structure, function and health of your home, it is important to explore moisture control solutions with a foundation repair professional.