Crawlspace Mold and Mildew
Although it is often overlooked, the crawlspace is one of the most important areas of the home. In home with a crawlspace foundation, the crawlspace supports the weight of the entire structure. That is why it is important to keep this area as strong and healthy as possible. Many crawlspaces, however, suffer from the growth of mold or mildew. This is a serious issue, which can weaken the integrity of the crawlspace, and cause various health issues for you and your family. If you see signs of crawlspace mold or mildew in your home, contact the professionals at Atlas Piers today to find a solution.
The mold or mildew in your crawlspace is a result of excess moisture in the area. Crawlspace moisture can occur when water seeps through cracks in your foundation, or through the porous concrete of the foundation itself. Some common causes of foundation cracks include increased hydrostatic pressure, erosion, soil shrinkage, and poor compaction, all of which lead to foundation shifting and cracking. Pooling water in the yard can also be dangerous, as this pooling water is more likely to seep through the foundation and cause issues in the crawlspace.
Many homeowners do not realize that much of the air that they breath throughout the home comes from the crawlspace or basement. That means that if mold starts to infect the air in your crawlspace, it could reduce the overall air quality in the rest of the home, leading to various health problems for you and your family! If you are concerned about mold or mildew in your crawlspace, look for these telltale symptoms:
- Water stains
- Damp or wet walls
- high humidity
- Damp or wet insulation
- Condensation on ductwork
- Wood rot
- Metal rust
- Musty odors
Crawlspace Mold and Mildew Solutions in Atlanta, GA
The best way to prevent mold and mildew from forming in your crawlspace is to keep out moisture in the first place. Wall encapsulation does just this. In the process of wall encapsulation, a vapor barrier is installed all along the interior surface of the crawlspace to seal out moisture. This vapor barrier is made of a plastic or foil sheeting that is designed to prevent the permeation of water vapor through the porous concrete surface of the foundation. This means that water cannot seep through the concrete to weaken the foundation and cause issues in the crawlspace.
Certain foundation repair methods can also help eliminate crawlspace mold and mildew. If foundation cracks are causing water seepage in your home, invest in repair methods such as helical piers, steel push piers, helical tiebacks, or pressure grouting to lift and stabilize settling or shifting foundations and seal any cracks that may have formed. No matter what type of solutions you need for your crawlspace mold or mildew problem, Atlas Piers can help you out.
Contact us today for more information on our foundation repair and encapsulation services in the Atlanta, GA area. Our team is always dedicated to giving you the best service to keep your home healthy and safe.