What are the Signs of a Damp Crawlspace?
However, the signs of a humid and damp crawlspace may not always be as obvious as a puddle of water. That is why it is important to monitor your crawlspace regularly for signs of a moisture issue. Some of the more subtle signs of a water problem in your crawlspace include:
Insulation falling down
Hardwood floors bucking
mold on baseboards
Musty smell coming in
floors are spongy
high humidity levels
condensation on metal
Mold or mildew growth
rust on metal
The most common problems in crawlspaces are moisture-related. This is because most crawlspaces are highly susceptible to moisture entry. Moisture can evaporate into the crawlspace through the foundation walls or through the ground. Moisture can enter in the form of humidity through open vents. Moisture could even enter the crawlspace through a plumbing or drainage leak. This causes a damp crawlspace.
Why does a damp crawlspace matter?
If you notice any of these issues in your crawlspace, you may have a moisture problem. Moisture in your crawlspace can weaken the support structure of your home located there. If these structures weaken, you might start to see sagging floors, gaps between the walls and floor, water leakage, and wall or ceiling cracks in your home above.
Damp crawlspaces can also lead to health issues for your family, as they are the perfect place for mold to grow. If mold spores get into the air that circulates through the house, they can cause a variety of respiratory and other health problems for you and your family.
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Fortunately, we offer several solutions to prevent health issues and structural damage due to water in your crawlspace.
We Fix Humid and Damp Crawlspaces in Alabama Homes
If you have a damp or wet crawlspace in your home, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today. We offer several solutions that are designed to keep your crawlspace and the rest of your home safe and dry.
The most effective way to fix a damp crawlspace is a process known as encapsulation. In this process, a vapor barrier is installed inside the crawlspace to seal all surfaces and keep moisture outside the crawlspace. The vapor barrier is made from plastic or foil sheeting and designed to prevent moisture from the ground outside from evaporating into the crawlspace.
In addition to crawlspace encapsulation, we provide several waterproofing services that can fix underlying issues causing your humid crawlspace. For the interior of the home, we install sump pumps and interior drainage systems. These systems remove water that has made its way into the home to keep mold growth at bay. We also provide exterior waterproofing and surface drainage techniques to keep water away from your foundation so it cannot seep into the crawlspace.
Do not wait any longer to have your damp crawlspace fixed. Call our team today to find the right solution for your Alabama home.