Crawl spaces are easy to ignore but should never be neglected. Unfortunately, crawl spaces are prone to a multitude of issues, including high humidity and mold growth. These common crawl space problems often indicate more significant structural damage or water intrusion, both of which require a quick response to protect your home and family’s health and safety.
Musty odors, sinking floors, and high humidity are just a few of the common crawl space problems homeowners in [.ATLANTA.] may begin to notice when their crawl space has incurred damage. If you notice any of these signs of crawl space damage, call AquaGuard Foundation Solutions today to schedule a free inspection and receive a complimentary written estimate! Our crawl space contractors serve homeowners throughout North Georgia, including Marietta, Atlanta, Athens, and Rome.
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Common Crawl Space Problems
Here are a few of the most common signs of crawl space damage:
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
Spotting early symptoms of crawl space issues can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. By regularly checking your crawl space for problems, you can protect your home from hazardous air quality and structural damage. Need a second opinion? Contact the experts at AquaGuard today to schedule your free crawl space inspection!