Homes with crawl spaces are very similar to homes with a basement, but with one major difference – the floor is dirt. As if a home had a dirt floor basement, wet crawlspaces can cause odors and serious health issues.
Compared to professional foundation and waterproofing contractors, homeowners are not experienced when it comes to crawlspace moisture problems and taking preventative measures to properly waterproof the space. Unfortunately, the effects from dampness and moisture can damage your health, crawlspace, above ground living areas and your home's overall structure.
Most homeowners are inexperienced and believe that doors, windows, and vents are responsible for all moisture problems in your home, but that isn't always the case. Factors such as humidity, moisture and wetness in your crawlspace are the source and can cause structural problems.
Are you having questions or concerns about structural integrity of your home? If you fall into this category, do not fear. Routine examinations can protect your home from structural problems. Below are some signs to look for:
Cracks in interior walls
Damaged floor joists
Uneven floors, caused by moisture in your crawlspace, are very common problems among homes. If you believe these describe your situation, make sure to take action immediately with a professional foundation contractor. It's more cost friendly to make small repairs than to wait and be forced to replace an entire foundation.
Mold and Mildew
There are several different forms of mold that can quickly invade your above ground living levels. A majority of the time when a home is occupied with bad smells and odors, it is a sure sign your crawl space has a hidden problem with mold.
A damp environment is perfect for wild animals, insects and pests to thrive making for some extremely unhealthy and destructive conditions. A crawl space that isn't sealed and protected against moisture can develop mold and mildew issues. Black mold and dry rot can even develop!
The best and most effective way to rid your home and crawlspace from bad smells and odors is to schedule an appointment with a waterproofing or foundation expert. It is also a good idea to perform routine inspections looking for mold, dry rot or damaged wood. By taking measures to protect your home and crawl space from these elements, you will protect your families health. A waterproofing expert will identify the source of the water intrusion and provide the necessary repairs and sealing the crawlspace.
The best and most effective way to protect your home from moisture, structural weakening, bad smells and odors is to contact a professional crawl space contractor. A professional foundation contractor will complete an on-site inspection, provide a professional consultation, provide a free estimate and recommend the best and most cost efficient way to solve the problem. Whether it requires a full crawlspace encapsulation or a simple drainage system you need a solution now. Our experts will also discuss your options and give you plenty of time to make the best decision to remove moisture from your crawl space and help make your home and family healthy again.