It’s no surprise that crawl spaces are often the most forgotten about area in the home. Because of this, issues can accumulate without you even noticing. That being said, it is very important for you to be aware of the common signs that your crawl space may be compromised, or is on the verge of being compromised. With the nature of crawl spaces being enclosed areas, they are prone to high humidity and mold growth, and if gone undetected, can lead to more pressing issues such as water damage and structural damage.
If you notice strange, musty odors and high humidity, those can be signs of crawl space problems that need to be addressed and that it is time to call AquaGuard Foundation Solutions today to schedule a free inspection and estimate in the Rome area. Our crawl space mold, flooding, and damage prevention experts will identify the problems quickly and give you the best solution to fix the issue at hand.
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Common Crawl Space Problems
There are specific things you should be on the lookout for that can be a sign of crawl space damage such as mold, flooding, and insects. If crawl space mold and flooding are detected early, you will save time and money on repairs, and AquaGuard Foundation Solutions of Rome is here to provide damage prevention tips on how to spot these common signs.
Moldy Crawl Space
Mold inside your crawl space is an issue that will undoubtedly get worse if left untreated. Damp environments are highly susceptible to mold growth, and we have plenty of humidity in Georgia that can cause crawl space humidity to rise every spring and summer. If you notice any mold in your crawl space, it’s a tell-tale sign you likely have a moisture issue.
Musty Odors In Home
If you notice musty odors inside your home, it is likely a sign of mold or mildew issues in your crawl space. The air circulation in your crawl space acts in a manner that’s called The Stack Effect. This means that musty air lingers in your crawl space before exiting up through the floor joists and then through your home itself.
Moist, humid air enters your crawl space in warm months through your vents and foundation walls before rising to the warm air above. An unkempt crawl space can thus impact the air quality inside your home, so it’s important to repair any moisture and high humidity in your crawl space because it directly results in your home and family’s health and safety.
The floor joists in your crawl space can weaken over time from water damage and moisture or high humidity exposure, causing the floors inside your home to sink or sag. If you notice any seemingly sloped or unlevel floors inside your home, you could have structural issues in your crawl space below.
A humid crawl space is typically a sign that too much moisture is entering your vents and foundation walls, which are either concrete, stone or brick and therefore porous. As is the case with any crawl space issue, crawl space areas damaged by high humidity can worsen over time. After addressing any water issues and sealing or encapsulating your crawl space, you’ll need a high-perfoming dehumidification and air filtration system to effectively monitor your foundation’s relative humidity and prevent future moisture build-up problems from occurring.
Bugs in Basement or Crawl Space
If you notice an increase in unwanted visitors, it could be a sign of crawl space moisture issues. Bugs love to live in dark, damp places, and thus obviously find musty crawl spaces to be particularly attractive habitats. Like with any ecosystem, little bugs entice bigger bugs, and bigger bugs serve as a tasty meal for rodents, which attract bigger rodents or snakes. This is a huge problem to have underneath your home. Fortunately, we can help make your crawl space clean, dry, and safe permanently. If your crawl space is clean and dry, critters won’t find any reason to live there. And if it’s sealed, they can’t get in. Don’t take bugs lightly. They only mean one thing for your crawl space, and that’s bad news!
Crawl Space Flooding
Flooding in your crawl space could be a sign of waterproofing issues. Outside water could be funneling in through either cracks in your foundation, crawl space vents, doors and hatchways, or the most common catalyst, the ground itself. If you’ve noticed any signs of water in your crawl space, your crawl space may need an inspection to determine where the water is coming from and how to prevent it.
Call AquaGuard for Crawl Space Repair in Atlanta
It is important to be on the lookout for common signs that may suggest you have structural damage in your crawl space. By detecting issues early, you can save yourself time, money, and unnecessary stress. When you notice any signs, contact the crawl space mold, flooding, and damage prevention experts at AquaGuard of Rome today to set up a free inspection so we can help you get your crawl space back to optimal conditions!