Crawl Space Inspections Explained

Crawl Space Inspections Explained

St. Louis is home to a lot of beautiful, historic architecture. There are a number of great, older neighborhoods—Soulard, Lafayette Square, Clifton Heights, to name a few—and then a number of standalone homes that have seen a century of history.

All the historic architecture has iconic components like crown molding, pocket doors, and stained glass windows. It also includes less-appealing pieces, like fruit cellars in the basement and even crawl spaces instead of basements.

If you own one of these historic beauties with a crawl space, the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis is the one to call when you need to perform maintenance on it. These spaces can be hard to reach and tight to navigate, and enlisting the help of a professional team is imperative. The Foundation Doctor will inspect your crawl space with as little intrusion as possible, and some of the items to be considered are listed below.

Mold

Mold is a potential health hazard for members of your family, and it also can cause structural damage to your home. Addressing mold in your crawl space as soon as possible, at the first hint of a problem, will lessen its negative effects. Mold issues can be caused by high humidity and additionally by flooding. St. Louis is prone to both, and crawl space mold is no stronger to homes in the area.

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 address occurring problems before there is major damage.

Outside Air Flow

Crawl spaces should be sealed, not open to outside air. This may seem counterintuitive, as one may think that air would dry any moisture in the crawl space as it flows through. This is the opposite of what actually happens, however—both cold, winter air and hot, humid summer air add moisture into your crawl space when there is precipitation outside.

Issues to Watch Out For

If you are noticing any of the following problems, don’t delay—call the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis for your crawl space inspection. These can signal issues with mold, outside air flow, insects, pests, or even all of those. These signs should be addressed as soon as possible:

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

The team of professionals at the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis will accommodate your schedule, inspect your crawl space, and provide a free, same-day estimate for repairs.  We are a family-owned and operated foundation repair business with over 25 years of experience, and we look forward to assisting you with your crawl space needs.

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