Leaky, Moldy Crawl Spaces
If a home doesn't have a basement, then it likely has one of these spaces underneath it. When it is not sealed off from the outside environment, or if a waterproofing system is not installed, moisture and humidity can cause a lot of problems. It can flood whenever it rains, or when there is melting snow on the lawn. Wood inside on supports and floor joists can start to rot and become ruined. All of this rotting wood is very attractive to unwanted pests, as well. The moisture can also lead to the growth of dangerous mold, which could make someone very sick, and it has been known to cause many different health problems, including: asthma attacks, skin rashes, fatigue, headaches, eye irritation, and cold/flu-like symptoms.
Warning Signs of a Problem
- Home smells musty
- Spots on the first floor feel un-level or as if they are sinking
- Water can be seen building up next to the footing
- Footing is sinking or settling
- Unwanted pests (termites, roaches, mosquitoes, snakes, etc.) can be seen entering and existing the crawl space
- Rotting wood
To take care of the problem, we can install dehumidifiers for humidity control, drain tile for moisture control, and jacks to keep supports stabilized.