Damp Humid Crawlspace
When it comes to the crawlspace, many homeowners do not realize just how important it is. Often, the crawlspace is only thought of as a storage area, but it is much more than that; in homes with a crawlspace foundation, the crawlspace is what helps to support and hold up the weight of the entire home. One common problem that occurs in many crawlspaces is excess moisture. Even if your crawlspace is not completely flooded, it could still be suffering from a harmful moisture problem. Contact the experts at Atlas Piers of Atlanta to examine your crawlspace and find a solution for any moisture problems you may have.
There are many signs that your crawlspace could be suffering from a moisture issue. Some of the most common symptoms of a damp, humid crawlspace include:
- High humidity
- Damp walls
- Damp or wet insulation
- Musty odors
- Wood rot
- Metal rust
- Condensation on pipes
- Mold or mildew growth
If you see any of these things in your crawlspace, you are in need of repair services from Atlas Piers immediately. Crawlspace moisture issues are normally caused by excess ground water seeping through the porous concrete that makes up your foundation or by ground water or surface water leaking through cracks in your foundation. Damp crawlspaces may be a bigger problem than you realize, as crawlspace moisture often leads to mold or mildew growth. If this mold infects the air in your crawlspace, it can lead to poor air quality throughout the home, since much of the air that you breathe in other areas of the home comes from the crawlspace.
Damp Humid Crawlspace Solutions in Atlanta, GA
The best way to seal moisture out of your crawlspace is with a waterproofing method called wall encapsulation. This method involves installing a vapor barrier along the interior surface of the crawlspace to prevent the diffusion of vapor through the porous concrete foundation walls. Vapor barriers are made of a moisture retardant material such as plastic or foil sheeting, and work to cover foundation cracks and seal moisture out of the crawlspace. This prevents many of the serious issues that can arise from crawlspace moisture, including mold growth, wood rot, metal rust, and water stains.
Closing foundation cracks and ensuring that the foundation is well supported can also prevent crawlspace moisture issues. Steel push piers and helical piers can both be used to stabilize, lift, and support a sinking or settling foundation. These piers are driven, or screwed in the case of helical piers into the ground under the foundation and used to support the weight of the structure. Pressure grouting, a method by which a cement based grout is pumped beneath the foundation to fill voids and lift the slab can also be used to support the foundation and close cracks. Other foundation and wall crack repair methods include helical tiebacks and carbon fiber strips.
For all of your damp, humid crawlspace repair solutions, contact the foundation repair experts at Atlas Piers today. We have several quality options to keep your crawlspace dry and safe.