Explore Problem Signs
Being a homeowner means paying attention to the state of your home to anticipate and thus reduce the cost of repairs. However, homeowners often overlook their crawl space despite the critical role it plays in maintaining a healthy home. Our experts at Basement Authority of West Virginia know crawl space problem signs better than most and are ready to help you.
Common Crawl Space Problem Signs
The best part about crawl space problem signs is that they appear well before an expensive and lengthy repair is in order. The following are some of the most common crawl space problem signs our team comes across during inspections. Contact us to schedule a free inspection if you notice these problems with your crawl space.
Wood Rot & Sagging Floors
Sagging floors on the inside of your house are usually indicative of a joist problem in the crawl space. As joists age, they begin to weaken or rot, effectively limiting the amount of weight they can support across a span. Unfortunately, if your floor is sagging, there is a good chance that the joist has already begun to rot and will need replacing. If the joist isn’t rotten, you may be able to jack the floor up with special support posts rather than replacing one or more joists.
Aside from the structural concerns, mold growth is perhaps the most concerning of any crawl space problem sign in West Virginia. The spores in mold and black mold are especially harmful to the respiratory system when breathed. If there is mold in your crawl space, there are airborne spores throughout your home. The best way to treat this problem is to rid the crawl space of mold and then waterproof it to prevent the mold from returning.
Excessive moisture is the root cause of many of the crawl space problem signs we encounter. Moisture in a crawl space is impossible to eradicate entirely, but too much moisture can cause severe structural issues and health concerns. Too much moisture in a crawl space will lead to either wood rot or mold growth. While wood rot poses a structural problem, mold growth can cause short and long-term respiratory issues. If you notice too much condensation in your crawl space, you should consider protecting it with an encapsulation, dehumidifier, or both.
You Can Count on Basement Authority of West Virginia to Protect Your Crawl Space
No matter what crawl space problem signs you face, Basement Authority of West Virginia is here to straighten them out. We offer a complete list of crawl space, foundation, and basement repair services to help homeowners protect their families and homes. If your crawl space shows any of the aforementioned problem signs, you could be at risk.
You can count on us to address your crawl space problem signs. We live and work in the communities we serve such as Charleston, Huntington, and Morgantown, so we are familiar with the many crawl space challenges homeowners in the area face. Contact us for a free crawl space inspection and repair estimate today!