Five Signs You Need Crawl Space Repair
Homes built on top of a crawl space will eventually need crawl space repair. This is true even if a vapor barrier was installed at the time of its construction. All original vapor barriers will eventually fail and fall.
When a vapor barrier does come down—and it will—the need for crawl space repair is actually exacerbated, because the fallen vapor barrier provides the perfect setting for moisture to collect and cause further damage. Mold and mildew are inevitable once a vapor barrier is no longer doing its job, which feasts on the materials in your crawl space.
When it comes to spotting signs of an immediate need for crawl space repair, take action if you notice any of the following indications.
Don’t Stand for Standing Water
The number one sign that you are in need of crawl space repair is standing water. The two most common causes of standing water in or near a crawl space are a lack of adequate drainage and pipes that are leaking into the space.
The mold and mildew that grow due to standing water will weaken the foundation and other parts under your home, which leads to the next sign you are in need of crawl space repair.
Focus on Your Flooring
The mold and mildew that grow due to moisture in a crawl space love to eat through the floor joists under your feet. As the joists are damaged and lose their structural integrity, the result is sagging or uneven floors.
Homeowners are often tempted to grab a jack from a local hardware store and couple it with some shims to bring their floors back to level. While this quick fix may remedy the symptom, it does nothing to address the cause.
A professional crawl space repair company like Foundation Solutions 360 has the expertise and equipment to adequately replace rotted joists.
Scents and Sniffles are Classic Signs
High humidity levels, musty odors, and allergy symptoms are also indicators that crawl space repair is necessary. As mold grows in your damaged crawl space, spores are released into your ventilation system. These spores have a particular odor and can lead to breathing issues for those living in the home.
If you notice any of these signs, call Foundation Solutions 360 at 855-532-5360 or use our online contact form to begin scheduling a free, no-obligation consultation today.