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If you’re from Georgia or South Carolina, you know how hot and humid the summer months can be. The heat of the south may serve not only to bake everything in sight but also to cause some serious problems beneath your home.
During the summer months, the humidity level in your home’s crawl space rises every day. This often decreases the air quality in the crawl space, as well as in the home. Decreased air quality can lead to all sorts of problems, including serious issues with your crawl space and the structural integrity of your home.
Some homeowners may notice creaking floors and seeping odors from the crawl space, but many of them don’t consider these to be signs of a serious problem and they simply brush it off. If you have noticed these signs in your home, call Healthy Crawl Space today. Your crawl space may need some attention.
If your crawl space is damaged or needs to be repaired, your entire home will be affected, and therefore your entire family. Not only does a damaged crawl space lead to unhealthy living conditions, but it can also affect your home’s structural integrity and lead to permanent damage if you put off fixing the problem.
What Are The Signs Of A Damaged Crawl Space?
There are many signs that your crawl space may be damaged. This doesn’t mean that you will notice all of the signs or even that your home will display all of the signs. Also, if you don’t see any of the signs listed below, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your crawl space is healthy and not in need of some kind of repair. It’s always best to consult a crawl space expert before deciding not to repair your crawl space. If you think your crawl space may need some work or you notice any of the signs of a damaged crawl space, give Healthy Crawl Space a call.
If your crawl space is damaged, your home may have the following signs:
Wet, sagging, or uneven floors are often signs of a damaged crawl space. When moisture gathers in your crawl space, that moisture then moves upwards into your home. Moisture beneath your floor can make that floor itself wet and soggy. If you notice wet, sagging, or uneven flooring, call a crawl space specialist right away.
Breathing in mold spores is very bad for your health and the health of your family members. There are many places mold can grow in your home and there are also many reasons that mold can grow. One of those places is in your crawl space. Mold grows because of moisture in the air. When your crawl space is not sealed tightly, moisture can get in and mold will begin to grow. When mold is found in your home, it should be removed right away to avoid lasting health problems.
If the windows and doors in your home are difficult to close or seem to stick to their frames, this may be a sign of a damaged crawl space. Moisture in the air (which is often the result of a damaged crawl space) will often cause doors and windows to stick. The door and windows may also stick because of damaged supports in your crawl space. This may cause uneven flooring and damaged window or door frames.
If your crawl space is prone to flooding, there’s probably a reason. And that reason is often that your crawl space needs to be repaired somehow. Any flooding in your home should be taken care of quickly and the root of the problem should be found. Flooding not only damages your personal items and furniture, but it can also ruin the structural integrity of your home and cause permanent damage to your home’s foundation and supporting elements.
Just like with mold, there are many reasons you may have high heating or cooling costs. One of those reasons is due to a damaged crawl space. When moisture gathers in the space beneath your home, your HVAC system then has a difficult time properly heating and cooling the space. If your bills are bigger than normal, you can look into the space beneath your home and hopefully find the solution.
If you have noticed any of these problems in your home, call Healthy Crawl Space and schedule an inspection. We would love to take a look and help repair your crawl space however we can.
What Are Crawl Space Piers?
One way to fix many of the problems found in your crawl space is by installing crawl space piers.
Homes in Georgia and South Carolina are typically built over a crawl space that is supported by wooden beams and joists. These wooden beams serve to hold up the weight of the home, but after many years this wood may begin to rot. Rotting wood underneath your home can lead to sagging and bouncy floors and eventually to floors that can give out and cause injury. Homes can also sink due to settlement or heavy rainfall. If the floors of your home have begun to sag or your home is sinking for whatever reason, crawl space piers can provide much-needed support and keep your home standing safely for years to come.
Crawl space piers are just how they sound. They are piers installed in your crawl space that hold up the weight of your home. These piers are easily installed by crawl space professionals and won’t cause much disruption to your daily routine.
Once you decide to install these concrete piers, it’s wise to check them from time to time to ensure that no cracking is present. This can happen if your home continues to settle. The problem will then need to be fixed again. This isn’t likely to happen, but it is always smart to check them every once in a while.
What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Another way to solve many crawl space issues is with crawl space encapsulation. Crawl space encapsulation is simply another way of saying that your crawl space will be completely sealed from outside elements.
The best way to get rid of the moisture in your crawl space is by encapsulating the area and sealing it off. While a dehumidifier in the space can get rid of the moisture that is currently in your crawl space and takes care of moisture as it becomes present, it doesn’t get rid of the root of the problem. Crawl space encapsulation gets rid of the problem and actually prevents all moisture from entering your crawl space in the first place.
Because mold is the dangerous result of moisture, it’s important to get rid of any mold currently living in your crawl space and begin preventing the mold from growing at all. The best way to do this is by encapsulating your crawl space.
Encapsulation doesn’t only keep mold and moisture from growing in your crawl space. It also keeps insects and rodents, such as termites and mice, from entering or living in your crawl space. Nobody wants to find rodents or insects anywhere near your home, and many people would be shocked to learn that they actually live on the nests of these creatures without even realizing it. Encapsulation stops these creatures and anything else from getting into your crawl space. You’ll sleep much easier at night knowing that there are no teeming nests of nasty creatures anywhere nearby.
When To Encapsulate A Crawl Space:
You should always call a crawl space specialist and have your home inspected before deciding whether or not to encapsulate your crawl space. However, if your home is experiencing any of the moisture problems mentioned earlier, chances are that crawl space encapsulation will fix these problems and make your life much easier (at least in regards to your crawl space problems. We make no promises otherwise).
The worse the problem is, the sooner you should fix it. While any problems should be fixed before they get worse, it is especially important to quickly encapsulate your crawl space if the problem has progressed at a rapid pace or if there is a lot of moisture or damage present. It doesn’t take long to encapsulate a crawl space, so you should get the ball rolling now by calling Healthy Crawl Space and scheduling an inspection and free quote.
How Much Does It Cost To Encapsulate A Crawl Space?
There are several factors that go into determining how much it will cost to encapsulate a crawl space. Some of these factors include the size of your crawl space, how complicated the project and layout are, the materials used, who you hire, and more. It also depends on how complicated your encapsulation system is. Some encapsulation systems are simply a thin layer of plastic liner, while more complex versions can have multiple layers of a thick vapor barrier, a dehumidifier, sump pump, or even drainage trenches. The more features you install, the higher the price will be. Deciding how much to install and which system will be best will be determined by a crawl space professional. If your crawl space gathers a lot of moisture and has a lot of problems, obviously a more complicated system will be better than a super simple one. On the other hand, if your crawl space is just beginning to experience problems and not much moisture has seeped through, you can likely nip the issue in the bud with a simpler system that will be cheaper to install.
Chances are that you’ll end up paying a few thousand dollars for a crawl space encapsulation, but this number will vary depending on the factors given above.
You can call any crawl space professional for a price estimate and an inspection.
How Healthy Crawl Space Can Help:
Healthy Crawl Space would love to help you with all your crawl space needs. We offer services such as crawl space encapsulation, drainage systems, vapor barrier installation, crawl space dehumidification, and moisture removal. If your crawl space has any problems or needs any work, we will happily and professionally fix it quickly and efficiently.
Whether you need an inspection, an estimate, or a repair, Healthy Crawl Space is here for you. You can call us today to schedule an inspection or for a free quote and estimate.
Crawlspace moisture problems create many issues when it comes to your home. Let us walk you through the best options to fit your needs and once you feel comfortable with your choice, we'll handle the complete installation.
Is your home suffering from High Humidity? Are You Seeing Cupped or Buckling Floors? Do You Notice Falling Insulation? Is There Visible Mold In Your Home or Crawl Space? Is There Standing Water in Your Crawl Space?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, give Healthy Crawl Space a call today.
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