Unfortunately, homes new and old alike deal with their fair share of crawl space problems. No matter how much you try to avoid these issues, if your crawl space is exposed to the elements, problems are bound to arise. Fortunately, at Ohio Basement Systems, our team has decades of experience dealing with the problems that plague your crawl space and our proven solutions can ensure you don’t have to worry anymore. Here’s what you need to know about the causes of crawl space problems and why your home may need repairs.
Common Causes of Crawl Space Problems
In the Greater Cleveland and Northern Ohio areas, the mix of year-round precipitation and mainly clay soils are a recipe for significant damage to your crawl space. Here we look at some of the most common causes of crawl space damage.
- The Construction Process
One of the most important elements of preventing crawl space damage begins with the initial construction of your home’s foundation. If the builders who constructed your home were careless in the development of your crawl space, you may be dealing with a slew of problems down the road.
When contractors first begin building a home the process starts with them digging a hole in the soil where they plan to pour the concrete footing. After this, they build the foundation walls, set up the flooring system, and construct the rest of your home. Since most crawl spaces are usually exposed to the elements, this can leave them open to outside air, moisture, and pests being able to freely enter and cause issues.
- Stack Effect
The stack effect, also known as the chimney effect, is a common phenomenon that occurs when the cold air in your crawl space warms up and rises throughout your entire home. This can be problematic for many reasons as this can increase your energy bills and bring toxins such as dust and mold or mildew into your home.
This also can be cause for concern as the stack effect raises humidity levels in your home, causing the spread of mold spores to be quicker than normal. If you have open crawl space vents or other entry points for air to enter your home, you can be sure to experience problems that the stack effect brings.
- Additional Water Problems
One of the most prominent things that cause damage within your crawl space is moisture. If your crawl space is not encapsulated, you’ll most likely have moisture-related issues happening within it. This can be anything from condensation and mold growth to wood rot on your floor joists, and pooling water underneath your home.
There are many ways that water can get into your crawl space and one of the most common is through the soil. When the soil becomes overly saturated after rain or snow melts, it will begin to pool up in your crawl space leading to the problems mentioned above. It can also get into your crawl space through open vents or a flood.
How Can I Repair My Crawl Space?
If your home is struggling with problems due to your crawl space, it’s time for repairs and waterproofing solutions. Although these issues can be frustrating, you don’t have to deal with them alone. Below are some of our most effective ways to ensure your crawl space stays dry and protected.
- Crawl Space Encapsulation
One of the best ways to manage your crawl space is to get it fully encapsulated. Many homeowners rarely go down to their crawl spaces and are unaware of the damage that lies below their homes. By encapsulating your crawl space, our experts can guarantee that your crawl space is sealed from any outside air or moisture and that your home is protected.
This process is usually done by installing a high-quality vapor barrier, waterproof wall insulation, and a drainage system. Our experts generally recommend that all of these are done in tandem to ensure that you no longer have to deal with the damaging effects of the elements to your crawl space.
- Sump Pumps and Dehumidifiers
Another great solution to prevent floodwaters from causing damage to your crawl space is installing a sump pump along with a dehumidifier. These two combined can relieve your stress if heavy rain comes in and floods the underside of your home. Our superior sump pump solution works by pumping out the excess water and directing it down a drain and away from your home.
In tandem with our sump pump, our dehumidifier combats any leftover moisture in the air that results in humidity. This powerful system is also able to remove any toxins from the air such as mold and mildew spores while making sure the air in your crawl space stays dry.
- Drainage Matting
Another way to solve your crawl space woes is by installing drainage matting. This simple, but effective solution is made for directing water towards a crawl space sump pump or drainage system. It’s made from a high-quality dimpled plastic that lies between the crawl space floor and liner. At OBS, we know that not every home is the same, and that’s why our drainage matting solutions can be tailored to the environmental factors your home experiences.
This solution can also be applied on sealed and unsealed crawl space floors and is an essential component to solving crawl space water issues for anyone who frequently sees flooding.
Get Your Crawl Space Repaired With Help From The Experts At Ohio Basement Systems
If you’re worried that your crawl space may be compromised with damage related to water, it’s time to call in the experts at Ohio Basement Systems for repairs. Our team knows the ins and outs of what a damaged crawl space can do to the rest of your home and is ready to help. By giving us a call, we’ll set up a free inspection of your home and on the day of, a member of our team will give you a written estimate for our repairs.
Don’t let your crawl space affect your health or your home any longer and choose the experts at OBS!