What Causes Crawl Space Problems?
Moisture, house settling, and failing foundation support can be detrimental to the safety and well-being of your home’s crawl space. Trust TerraFirma Foundation Systems for the diagnosis and repair of your crawl space issues. Our experienced team of foundation specialists are prepared to assess and provide a customized solution for all of your crawl space problems, large or small.Get a FREE Quote
Crawl Space Vents
Open crawl space vents are an invitation for moisture. This damp environment is perfect for wood rot, mold, mildew, and dust mites. You might notice higher electricity bills as a result of your failing crawl space vent. Save time and money by getting you crawl space vents inspected by a professional.
Exposed dirt in your crawl space absorbs odor and moisture like a sponge. As damp soil dries, this musty smell and damp air rises through your home to change the relative humidity as well as contribute to high energy bills. This can lead to mold and affect the health and lives of your loved ones.
Heavy rainfall and humid summers can wreak havoc on your crawl space. After entering, water eventually evaporates, leading to mold and wet insulation. The expanding and contracting of moist soil can also lead to cracks in your home’s structural foundation.
Without a proper performing drainage system, water from your roof and gutters flows directly to your home’s immediate surrounding soils. Poor drainage in your crawl space can lead to many foundation problems in the future. Know the warning signs, and be prepared.
Hidden cracks in pipes and water lines inside or leading to your home can invite unwanted water into your crawl space. Plumbing leaks can have a damaging effect to the foundation of your crawl space, turning into a costly expense if not caught.
Concrete Brick Foundations
Although easy and inexpensive to install, walls made of concrete and brick let in the most air and moisture. This creates harmful mold, water, and wood rot problems that in the long run will create a harmful effect on your home environment.
Poured Concrete Foundations
However successful in deterring water, foundations made of poured concrete invite water and moisture into the home when cracks begin to form. Structural crawl space issues can lead to costly bills and repairs.
Stone Wall Foundations
Apparent mostly in older homes, foundations made of stone wall can break and crumble over time. These types of foundations let high amounts of moisture and unwanted air inside the crawl space of your home.
Squeaky and bowed floors, both cosmetically unappealing and hazardous to your safety, could mean the well-being of your crawl space is at risk and needs immediate attention. This warning sign may appear gradually, but don’t wait until it’s too late to take care of this issue.
Failing Floor Joists
Poor construction, added weight to your home, and an insufficient foundational support systems affect not only the flooring inside your home, but also the functioning of your crawl space.