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Common Crawl Space Problems

As you build or move into your dream home, you seldom think of one crucial factor: its foundation. As the name suggests, it bears the weight of your house and protects you from natural calamities. 

A crawl space is one of the most common foundation types in modern residential construction. If you live in a sloped, dry area, this option is ideal for your property. Unfortunately, crawl spaces are prone to distinct complications. 

Read on to discover typical crawl space problems — and ways to address them. 

Common Issues and Solutions

Below are some common crawl space issues that Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio residents experience.

Uneven Floors

Extra moisture and soil movement in a crawl space often cause uneven floors. These circumstances could compromise your home’s structural support. 

When you notice uneven floors inside your property, call a professional immediately. Doing so can protect you, your loved ones, and your house from damage and injuries. In most cases, a single-day crawl space repair could get your home back in shape.  

Flooding and Standing Water

Rainfall, improper drainage, and landscaping around your property may cause temporary flooding or standing water in your crawl space. If you live in a flood zone, you might have to deal with this problem at some point. 

However, before your property collects water, you can ask your contractor about crawl space waterproofing services. It can help you protect your property and your valuables. 

Hanging or Fallen Insulation

As a homeowner, hanging or fallen insulation can create several problems for you. First, you’re paying more for your energy because you’re not keeping your air conditioning and heat where they belong. Additionally, it can create moisture on the joists and sub-flooring. 

Before you experience higher energy bills and more damage to surrounding areas, get in touch with a professional. Crawl space insulation services could be the answer to your problems. 

Mold and Mildew Growth

When you constantly expose your crawl space to water and improper insulation, you set your property up for mold and mildew growth. In most cases, these fungi can cause various health conditions, including headaches, skin allergies, and a runny nose. However, people with asthma and compromised immune systems may experience worse symptoms. 

If you see any mold growth in your home, you will need crawl space encapsulation services. This process involves sealing your crawl space with overlapping plastic sheets to create an airtight vapor. 

Advantages of Professional Crawl Space Services

Caring for your crawl space can make your home a better place. Below are some of the advantages of having specialists perform crawl space services on your property. 

Avoid Structural Damage

Damage to your crawl space can affect your entire home — including frames and floorings. If you notice cracks, uneven floors, and foul odors in your home, it’s best to call specialists immediately. 

Keep Animals Out

Crawl spaces are dry, sheltered areas of your home that you rarely enter, making them attractive to wildlife. Any damage to these areas can attract various animals, including snakes, rats, skunks, and other burrowing animals. A professional can help you keep them away.

Create Additional Storage Space

As soon as you secure your crawl space, you can use it as an additional storage space for items you seldom use. After repair or encapsulation, you can use the area to keep your belongings safe and dry. 

Upgrade Your Home

Without professionals on your side, any damage to your crawl space can extend to other parts of your property. Before this happens, it’s best to work with experienced  Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio experts. We’ve been serving the crawl space needs of communities for over 40 years, and we know what it takes to upgrade your home. Request an estimate now. 

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