Leaky, Moldy Crawl Spaces
If a home doesn’t have a basement, then it likely has one of these spaces underneath it. When it is not sealed off from the outside environment, or if a waterproofing system is not installed, moisture and humidity can cause a lot of problems. It can flood whenever it rains, or when there is melting snow on the lawn. Wood inside on supports and floor joists can start to rot and become ruined. All of this rotting wood is very attractive to unwanted pests, as well. The moisture can also lead to the growth of dangerous mold, which could make someone very sick, and it has been known to cause many different health problems, including: asthma attacks, skin rashes, fatigue, headaches, eye irritation, and cold/flu-like symptoms.
Damp Crawl Space
When you home’s crawl space has experienced issues with moisture seepage, you are at risk of several types of damage. Water and humidity contribute to wood rot, including wooden support beams and floor joists. We always remind our valued customers that those wooden beams, supports and joists partially support the weight of your home’s structure. When the joists begin to loose stability, homeowners often notice uneven floors and uneven rooms. Moreover, water present in a basement or crawlspace will encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which are commonly known to cause a variety of health-related issues.
Warning signs which might indicate a problem with a damp crawl space:
- 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
You should be taking advantage of drain tiles, which are a reliable crawl space water diversion system. These waterproofing systems prevent water from invading the crawl space under your home and causing damage to wooden support beams, floorboards, and joists under your family’s home. Our drain tile system consists of a perforated pipe which is laid into a gravel-filled cavity dung along the along the exterior of your foundation. Whenever moisture from the soil seeps into the gravel area, it will enter into the pipe. Once inside the pipe, it will be diverted into a sump pump which will quickly divert the water away from the home to a safe distance away . To assist with high humidity in the crawl space, we can install an automated dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
In order to maintain the stability of your home, it is vitally important to have these issues assessed and addressed promptly.
Musty odors inside a home are an indication of a mold or mildew colony growing in the crawl space below the floor. Mold is a type of fungi which thrive in environments which have excessive moisture, humidity, and organic materials for the fungus to feed and grow on. If your home’s basement or crawlspace has not been properly sealed from moisture in the soil, your house might experience the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold is a fungus which colonizes wooden supports and floor joists under a home. As mildew grows, it releases spores into the air. Mold spores will float into your home’s air. Studies have reported that nearly 50% of the air in any home enters from the space beneath it. Thus most foundation repair companies feel it is vitally important to address the problem in a timely manner as the fungus is widely known to bring about health problems such as 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
How To Fix Humidity Problems in Your Crawl Space
We can easily control moisture levels in your basement or crawl space with a dehumidifier. 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 your crawlspace.
The last thing you should do as a homeowner is ignore the warning signs of an ongoing foundation problems. Take our advice: please don’t let your foundation problems linger. Call your local Authorized Stabil-Loc Dealer 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.
Flooded Crawl Space
Without proper water-proofing, your home’s basement and crawl space can flood during periods of excessive precipitation. Once water finds a path inside your basement, it can cause the wooden elements of your home’s structure, making them warp and rot. This is most obvious in the case of support beams and floor joists that hold up the structure of your house. Decayed supports and joists greatly diminish your home’s stability and overall property value.
Additionally, a flooded crawl space is the perfect environment for unhealthy mold and mildew which live in damp, dark environments. The fungus has been known to cause everything from respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin rashes. Rotten wood structural elements in the presence of humidity also creates an advantageous habitat for pests such as roaches, spiders and rats.
How To Fix Crawl Space Flooding
If your water issues 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 along the exterior of your foundation. Whenever precipitation from the soil seeps into the gravel area, it is diverted into the pipe. Once inside the pipe, it will be diverted into a sump pump which will divert the water from the home to a safe distance away . To help prevent mold growth and musty odors, you can control moisture levels in your basement or crawl space with a dehumidifier. A dry crawl space is a healthy basement.
A strong, stable and secure structure is vital to maintaining your home’s market value. 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.
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 your home’s basement. 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 potantial problems. Water collecting below your house may result in wooden structural elements experiencing rot, decay, and warping. Such damage will make the floor boards and joists, joists and beams supporting your home to become weak. Ultimately, they will have trouble maintaining the vast weight of the structure of your home above, which will always cause sagging, uneven floors.
The common signs of excess moisture under your home:
- You notice musty or moldy odors, particularly after a rain
- Rotting wood or structures
- Stagnant pools of water lying against the footing
- The presence of termites, roaches, and other pests
Sinking and Sagging Floors: How to Fix Them
To fix your home properly, we have 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 deal with the presence of water and how it is finding a path into your home. We will likely install a drain along the outside of your foundation which will divert water away from your home’s foundation and into a sump pump or drain pipe leading away from your home.
Everything we do is licensed, insured and guaranteed. Call us today to schedule your Certified Structural Assessment and Repair Estimate.
Sinking Footing & Home Skirting
The main wall of foundation blocks around your home, sometimes known as the foundation skirt, can become unlevel over time. This is perhaps most noticeable if the bottom level of your home has sagging floors with the presence of exterior cracks. Sinking footing can be caused by the columns which provide support being placed too widely. In some cases, the wooden floor joists and spans are experiencing decay due to moisture intrusion. The low quality of the soil’s conditions around the perimeter of the structure can cause the foundation to become too weak to support and stabilize the structure of your home.
How to tell if your home has a sinking foundation footer:
- Cracks on interior walls of the home
- Sticky windows and doors
- Uneven, sloping floors
- Tilting crawl space supports
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 guarantee your foundation’s footing is adequately strengthened. If your damages are due to issues with excess water and moisture, 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’s foundation. Excess water or runoff from the ground enters the drain pipe in the gravel and will be diverted away from the building.
Our friendly and helpful team of experts can help you reduce the stress and anxiety of ongoing foundation problems with prompt, professional estimates and repair services. Call us today to schedule an appointment. For your safety and peace of mind, everything our Authorized Stabil-Loc Dealers do is licensed, insured and guaranteed.