Have you inspected your crawl space recently? Do you know what it looks like? When was the last time you even thought about your crawl space?
Sometimes, unfortunately, homeowners have an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude about their crawl spaces. This is most certainly not in the best interest of the home, and if this has been your attitude, keep reading—now is as good a time as any to change!
Regular inspections should be done, just like maintenance on the rest of your home. The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis can help you determine a timeline for those inspections, and we will identify any potential issues and offer solutions. Call us today for your FREE in home evaluation and estimate!
Still not convinced you need to check in on your crawl space? Below are some of the things that can damage your home from underneath.
Damp or wet crawl spaces can lead not only to foundation settling, but also to rotting wood, mold growth, foul odors due to standing water, and corrosion of metal fasteners. None of which you want in your home!
During an inspection, the Foundation Doctor will test soil moisture levels first using the expertise of the professional, and if necessary by using an electronic moisture meter to determine the precise level of moisture. After evaluation, the Foundation Doctor can install a Vapor Bright system or drain tile to reduce the moisture.
It may seem counterintuitive, but you do not want any air flow in your crawl space. This air can carry moisture in with it, especially here in St. Louis in these humid summer months. Again, moisture can cause mold, wood rot, foul odors, and foundation settling if you do not catch it early enough.
The Foundation Doctor will inspect your crawl space for any open vents and ventilated areas, and provide what is usually a simple solution.
Ready-to-be-Replaced Piers or Masonry
If you are aware of any concrete blocks or wood supports that sit below floor framing, it’s likely that these were installed as a quick, temporary fix for a foundation issue. No need to panic, as the Foundation Doctor will do a thorough inspection of these items, the masonry, and any existing piering system.
Anything that is not in good condition should be repaired or replaced before worse foundation damage occurs. The Foundation Doctor can replace columns to keep floors from sinking further, or recommend another solution if appropriate.
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Any of these issues that exist in your crawl space can cause damage to the foundation of your home.
They also can cause telltale signs in the living spaces of your home, such as: interior drywall cracks, uneven floors, cold floors above crawl space areas, visible mold or a moldy smell, an unidentified foul odor, and even increased allergy symptoms. These are often indicators that something is amiss in your crawl space.
If you are experiencing these problems, or if you have not had your crawl space inspected in a while, call the Foundation Doctor today. Our team has over 25 years of experience serving the St. Louis community, and we have repaired over a thousand homes. Let us add yours to the list!