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 crawl space has problems with moisture seepage, it can create several forms of damage. Excess humidity and moisture below your home can contribute to rotting wooden structures, including wooden supports and floor joists. It’s important to remember that those wooden beams, supports and joists partially carry the weight of your house. When the beams begin to rot, you may notice sloping floors and sloping rooms. Additionally, water present in a basement or crawlspace will encourage the development of mold and mildew, which are widely known to to be to blame for a variety of health-related problems.
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
How To Fix Crawl Space Moisture
You should be enjoying the advantage of drain tiles, which are a reliable crawl space drainage system. These waterproofing systems mitigate water from invading the basement under your home and causing damage to wooden beam and joists located beneath the house. Our drain tile system consists of a buried 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 seeps into the pipe. Once inside the pipe, the runoff will be diverted into a sump pump which will efficiently pump the water out and away from the homes foundation 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.
You can help protect the value of your home for years to come by quickly addressing and repairing foundation and basement issues as they occur. Among our city’s foundation repair firms, our Stabil-Loc Authorized Dealers are widely known for their excellent customer service and commitment to professionalism. Our experienced team of foundation repair contractors is ready to take care of any structural problems beneath your home.