Crawl Spaces – Problems and Solutions

Crawl Spaces – Problems and Solutions

The St. Louis area has many historic and older homes that were built with a crawl space instead of a basement. The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis are the ones to call when you need professional, courteous, and expert help regarding all your home or foundation issues. This includes routine inspections of crawl spaces.

If you own a home in St. Louis, that has a crawl space, you already know what a challenge it can be. Unlike having a basement, many times the crawl space of a home is hard to reach and in a very tight area. You may be tempted to forget the crawl space is under your home. However, just as you do periodic maintenance on other areas of your dwelling, having regular inspections of your crawl space by a St. Louis Foundation Doctor professional is always a good idea.

You may wonder what an inspection of your crawl space will involve. Rest assured that The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis will inspect your crawl space with as little intrusion as possible. There are at least three things that will be considered during the inspection.

Outside Air Flow

Outside air is not the kind of air that you want flowing through your crawl space. You may think that by outside air flowing through, it would dry it up and solve any moisture issues, but this is not the case. In fact, it is quite the opposite. This air is cold in the winter, hot and humid in the summer adding moisture to your crawl space when it is wet outside.

Mold Issues

Flooding of crawl spaces and high humidity levels are prime growing areas for mold. Not only is this a potential health hazard but it can also cause structural damage to your home.

Pests and Insects

The crawl space of a home can sometimes invite unwanted guests that decide to stay. Moisture, food, shelter, and temperature are factors that will attract pests. These pests can nest, destroy wood, and create potential fire hazards.

By having regular inspections of your crawl space, The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis, can find and help you avoid any issues or underlying problems that are occurring, before there is major damage. Here are some signs of crawl space problems to watch for:

  • Drywall cracks on the interior
  • Uneven floors
  • Foul odors
  • Increased allergy symptoms
  • Cold floors above crawl space areas
  • Visible mold or moldy smell
  • Rotting wood
  • Standing water or wet areas in the crawl space
  • Open crawl space vents

If you are noticing any signs of crawl space problems call The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis today. We can schedule an appointment and usually can provide same day estimates for crawl space inspection and repair. We have proven, effective solutions for all your crawl space issues. Call us today!