Common Crawlspace Problems
Crawlspaces are the most ignored and overlooked areas of homes. The condition of your crawlspace could greatly affect the air quality of your home especially if there is mold growth. That’s why it is important to hire a professional to inspect your crawlspace to look for signs of moisture and water damage. Inspections could also identify future structural and foundation issues throughout your home. If you notice a musty smell in your home, contact Affordable Foundation and Home Repair in Tennessee and Alabama for crawlspace repair.
What causes wet, damp crawlspaces? Moisture in crawlspaces can be caused by several factors, such as:
- Soil erosion due to soil erosion
- Soil shrinkage from dry, hot weather conditions
- Poor soil compaction during construction
- Hydrostatic pressure in the soil
- Plumbing leaks from broken or leaky pipes
All of these conditions could lead to shifting and moving soil beneath the crawlspace. Look for signs of water damage such as water leaks, buckling upper-level floors, musty odors, mold growth or rusty metal appliances in your crawlspace. Since hydro-static pressure causes stress on foundations, it will cause shifting and settlement. Our team of experts can examine your home for foundation issues such as floor cracks, crumbling foundations, sloping floors and sinking foundations.
Crawl Space Repair Solutions
To fix crawlspace issues, the experts at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair will first determine the source of your issues. We have skilled and experienced contractors that will inspect the soil around your foundation and look for signs of water damage.
The two most common crawlspace repair methods are sump pumps and crawlspace encapsulation. For a sump pump system, we can install an automatic sump pump in a small hole to collect and divert water out of the basement. We also can install one or more vents to improve air circulation.
Another method we offer is crawlspace encapsulation. A heavy-duty plastic completely covers the ground of the crawlspace to create a vapor barrier against moisture and humidity. This helps reduce the growth of mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria that typically form in wet crawlspaces. The basic principle is to block any moisture that might come in through concrete blocks. Sealing a crawlspace helps provide you with a dry, comfortable and safe home.
Why Choose Affordable Foundation
We also offer crawlspace piers, floor supports, mold soda blasting, crawlspace waterproofing and floor joist repair to get your crawlspace back to normal. Call us today if you need crawlspace repair in Huntsville, Birmingham, Decatur and the surrounding area. We also serve cities in southern Tennessee. We provide free estimates.