Crawl Space Repair
A lot of homeowners don't give much thought to this space below their home until there's a problem. Typically, if you don't have your crawl space sealed off, flooding or standing water, moisture, excessive humidity, and unwanted critters will be able to get inside and cause problems. The water that seeps inside can cause damage to the wooden materials under your home. This includes wooden support beams and floor joists. In fact, most homeowners don't realize they have a problem with this space until the first floor of their home starts to sag in spots.
What's more is that moisture and a lot of humidity under your home can lead to the growth of mold. Mold has been known to cause everything from skin rashes to breathing problems, and all types of medical problems in between that your family shouldn't have to deal with.
Don't forget about all of the rats, snakes, spiders, mice, skunks, and other animals that can get inside your crawl space when it's not sealed off, as well. These creatures can live and die under your home, and as you can imagine, this isn't a good thing for your home's indoor air quality.
Common Crawl Space Problems
We can provide you with the installation of SafeBasements™ crawl space products, including sump pumps, encapsulation systems, floor stabilizers, and more. We guarantee that when we leave your home, you will have a dry, safe, and healthy area below your home that doesn't have unwanted pests calling it THEIR home, as well! Give us a call today to schedule a consultation with our team.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have our most commonly asked crawl space questions and their answers. Please take some time to read through them and if you have a question about anything not discussed here, do not hesitate to contact us!
- Should a crawl space be vented?
- There was a time when a vented crawl space was ideal, especially in regions where the moisture levels in the ground are very low. However, we recommend covering the vents and sealing the crawl space with an encapsulation system to regulate and control the moisture and humidity levels below the home.
- Is a vapor barrier necessary in crawl space?
- If you have any standing water or excess moisture in the crawl space, the only reliable way to prevent that moisture is to install a vapor barrier and dehumidifier system to prevent excess moisture.
- Can you use a crawl space for storage?
- If your crawl space is open and unsealed, you will run the risk of anything stored in your crawl space being damaged by flooding or high humidity as a result of excess moisture in the crawl space. In order to guarantee the safety of anything stored in a crawl space, we recommend installing an encapsulation system to seal it from the outside.
- Is it normal for a crawl space to be damp?
- As a result of higher water tables and general increased moisture in soil, especially during the spring and summer, open crawl spaces tend to have higher levels of humidity and moisture so it is fairly common for them to be damp.
- At what humidity does mold grow in crawl space?
- Relative humidity levels above 55 percent are enough to support the growth of many common molds including black mold. The EPA recommends keeping the relative humidity of a space between 30 percent and 50 percent to ensure mold growth will not happen.
- How do I prevent mold in my crawl space?
- The best way to prevent mold growth in a crawl space is to control the humidity levels. The best way to control the humidity levels in a crawl space is to install a complete encapsulation system. This system will be comprised of a vapor barrier which will seal off the space from any unwanted moisture and a dehumidifier system to ensure the relative humidity is kept at an ideal level.
- How do I get rid of moisture in my crawl space?
- The most effective way to get rid of moisture in a crawl space is install an encapsulation system to prevent excess moisture from having a place to go.
- Will water in crawl space go away?
- In Minnesota much of the state has a higher water table which means the soil will hold more water and ultimately this could increase the amount of water that could get into your crawl space. Without an adequate water control or prevention system in the form of encapsulation or a vapor barrier, the water in your crawl space will only go away when it is very dry outside.