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Do you have any of these Crawl Space Problems?

Does your crawl space have any of these problems?

Take a look at this graphic of a typical crawl space. Look familiar? If you will notice, there are 21 things that we have marked that can negatively affect your crawl space, and in return your home.

Do you have any of these crawl space problems? If your answer is yes, Dry Seal offers free inspections, free advice, and we can work with almost any type of budget. We care that much about your family’s safety.

1. Exterior Wall

The exterior walls of your crawl space are what you can see from the outside of your home. These walls are right up against the soil. They may not show much damage from the outside, other than your typical mud and dirt stayining, but on the inside they may have mold or efflorescence growing on them, making your home an unsafe place to live. You have nothing to lose but having your crawl space inspected. Give us a call. It’s free.

2. Interior Wall

The interior wall or the drywall panels that lays over the crawl space, can be effected by crawl space moisture, causing the panels to warp and rot. Humidity can also be a contributing factor and cause dangerous mold growth on the walls.

3. Gutter Downspout
Clogged gutters or a downspout that doesn’t extend far enough away from your home, can allow moisture to build up next to the exterior walls of your crawl space. That moisture will eventually make its way inside, where a variety of damage can result.
4. Backfill

Backfill is what the builder of your home dug out and then put back in. If the backfill around your home wasn’t put back correctly, you can have problems with soil erosion caused by excessive moisture. The moisture in the ground around your home will eventually make its way into the crawl space and cause damage to the structure.

5. Efflorescence

Efflorescence is the white chalky and flaky substance that grows on the inside walls of your crawl space if moisture is present. The moisture can be coming from the ground water seeping through the exterior walls.

6. Footing

The footing is the base of your crawl space, which helps in supporting the load of your home. Moisture from the ground can cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your entire home.

7. Wall Joint

The wall joint is where the crawl space footing and crawl space walls meet. Excessive moisture and humidity can easily weaken the wall joint, also compromising the structural integrity of your home.

8. Humidity

Humidity is measured by the amount of moisture in the air. When your crawl space is vented and not properly sealed off from water, the level of humidity will be very high in your crawl space. This moisture facilitates the growth of dangerous mold and mildew, which also weakens the wooden structures beneath your home. If you suspect a humidity issue in your crawl space, Dry Seal can help. Repairing crawl space problems is what we do!

9. Floor Joist

The floor joist and crawl space ceiling is just below the first floor of your home. Whenever moisture and high levels of humidity are present, the floor joist becomes weak and fragile. You will notice the floor starting to sag when there is a problem in your crawl space.

10. Insulation

It is no longer a surprise that some builders use inferior quality insulating materials inside the crawl space when it was being built. (See asbestos insulation issues here) Proper insulation is important in providing a comfortable environment inside your home and a safer environment inside your crawl space.

11. Insects & Rodents
When your crawl space isn’t completely sealed off from the outside environment, you are leaving your home open to invasion from insects and rodents that don’t pay rent! Here is a list of creatures you could find living, and dying, in your crawl space: termites, roaches, ants, spiders, snakes, rats, mice, skunks, raccoons, and squirrels. This not only creates an unsafe environment (see hantavirus hazard information here), it could smell pretty bad too!
12. Girder
The girder of your crawl space is the center beam which helps support the load of your home. Moisture will weaken the girder, causing it to become fragile and unable to support the weight of your home properly. If you have problems with your girder, you will notice a saging in the floor of your first level.
13. Pier
The pier is another part in the crawl space that supports the weight of your home. And as with the other parts, moisture and humidity can cause serious damage and put your family in danger.
14. Pier Footing
The pier footing is what holds up the pier. If your pier footing is sitting on soggy ground caused by excessive moisture, it will sink further into the ground, causing your home to be unlevel.
15. Moisture and Standing Water

When your crawl space is not completely sealed off from the outside environment, moisture will get in, causing serious damage to all wooden structures, support beams, joints, footings, etc. Moisture and Standing Water will also lead to the growth of mold, which will make your family sick, as well as attract unwanted pests like mosquitoes and termites. (visit Bug Busters for pest control).

16. Mold and Fungus

Mold grows where ever there is moisture, high levels of humidity, and organic materials are present, which can all be found in an unsealed crawl space.

17. Exterior Footing Drain
The exterior footing drain helps direct the water away from exterior walls of the crawl space. The water is routed to an area further away to prevent moisture from building up, increase the chance that water will seep into your crawl space. This drain can become clogged,  so clean it of debris and dirt if you suspect it is not functioning properly.
18. Sill Plate
The sill plate is very sensitive to moisture and humidity. Located between the floor joist and exterior walls, it can rot easily.
19. Rotting/ Sagging Joist
If you notice some areas in your first level floor are sagging, this could be caused by the weakened, deteriorating wood of the joist that is a result of moisture in your crawl space.
20. Vent
Vented crawl spaces are now know to put your home in danger. But, this vent is still built into the walls of your crawl space and is the culprit behind high humidity levels in your crawl space, which is slowly making your home unsafe.
21. Wooden Floor Boards
Wood floors are very popular for the main living areas of a home. Installing wooden floors over a crawl space that has a moisture problem will eventually cause those floor boards to warp, rot and decay, leaving you with a sagging floor that is dangerous to walk on.

Do you have any of these Crawl Space Problems?

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