Crawlspaces can be a huge benefit to
your home. A crawlspace can be a great place to have
your air conditioning duct work and plumbing installed
because it is easy to get to and to maintain. It can
also be a great storage space. Crawlspaces add elevation
to a structure which can help prevent termite problems.
They are a less expensive foundation solution than a
Common Crawlspace Foundation Problems
Moisture and Humidity: If a crawlspace is not well
ventilated, and built in an area with a lot of moisture, that moisture can
make it's way into your crawlspace. It can cause rot in the wood floor
joists in the crawlspace. Moisture will lead to mold and mildew in your
crawlspace. Much of the air you breathe in your home comes from your
crawlspace, so mold and mildew can definitely affect your health.
Bugs and Rodents: If your crawlspace isn't property
insulated moisture won't be your only problem. Bug infestations and rodents
can find a home in your crawlspace.
Bowing Crawlspace Walls: Water from gutter overflow
and downspout runoff can cause a build up of moisture around the foundation.
If there is too much moisture in the soil around your foundation it will put
pressure on your crawlspace walls causing them to bow and lean in, possibly
crack. This will allow water to get into the crawlspace.
Solutions for Crawlspace Foundation Problems
Crawlspace encapsulation is a process that can
prevent a wet, moist crawlspace. A vapor barrier can stop the movement
of water and water vapor. A vapor barrier is a largely impermeable
material that can reduce greatly the amount of water or moisture that
can get into your crawlspace. These barriers help guard against mold,
allergens, fungus, and even radon. They can also help with energy
savings. Vapor barriers and crawlspace encapsulation can add value to
your home. It can make the air in your home more breathable, and will
allow you to store things in your crawlspace as was intended.
Another solution for the crawlspace problem of bowing walls is to have
helical tieback anchors installed. These anchors can be installed to
pull bowing crawlspace walls back to their original position and add
support for years to come. Our network of foundation specialists can
assist you in finding a foundation solution whether it be underpinning
solutions such as helical piers, anchors, and tiebacks, or crawlspace
encapsulation or vapor barriers. If you notice that you have a musty,
damp crawlspace, or notice bowing or leaning crawlspace walls, we can
help you find the solution you need by helping you find a qualified,
insured foundation contractor in your area. Our network of foundation
experts uses only the very best in crawlspace foundation repair products
from Earth Contact Products. With our network of engineers and these
great crawlspace encapsulation products and underpinning products from
ECP, your crawlspace can add value to your home and be that extra
storage space you need.