Your crawl space is an essential part of your home’s structural support. Crawl spaces bear the weight of rooms above and are connected to the foundation. This is why any damage can have a significant impact on your home. Being on the lookout for these common problems could save you time and money if found at the proper time.
Some common crawl space problems are moisture issues. These problems can lead to water damage or water stains, mold, and structural issues – failing supports, sinking, or settlement for your home. Excess moisture in your crawl space can lead to a lot of annoying problems, such as decayed supports, water stains or damage, and mold. The formation of mold is an especially dangerous issue, as the mold can infect the air. This might not seem like such a big deal, as you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time in your crawl space. Much of the air you breathe in your home, however, comes from your crawl space or basement. If you notice any of these symptoms your best course of action may be to call a waterproofing professional.
The best way to prevent moisture from entering your home is to install a vapor barrier. Vapor barriers use moisture-resistant materials such as plastic or foil sheeting. This material is installed over the entire area to seal out any moisture.
For structural problems, you may need to invest in support piers. Using helical piers or steel push pier work well to support a failing foundation or crawl space. Once the piers have been installed and it is structurally sound, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers and it is raised to its original position.
If you are having any leaking, moisture, or foundational problems around your house make sure you contact Jerry’s Waterproofing!