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Because the crawl space is a below-grade space under the house, you might think it’s normal to have a moist crawl space. After all, the ground gets wet and dry through the seasons and with weather patterns event. But in fact, a dry crawl space is far superior and the sooner wet crawl space issues are addressed, the better.

 

The negative effects of a wet crawl space and what you can do to keep yours dry

Most times, water in the crawl space gets there one of three ways: a plumbing leak, water seepage from the surrounding soil (usually after heavy rain), or condensation. Humidity condenses on cold surfaces, like ducts, and drips onto the crawl space floor.

Puddles of water in the crawl space aren’t good, but the water itself won’t ruin your home. It’s the water vapor (or moisture) that causes rot, mold, energy loss, and attracts pests. And these problems don’t just stay in your crawl space. As much as 50% of the air upstairs comes from below – this means mold spores, musty smells, and humid air that dust mites love.

HERE ARE 5 THINGS EVERY CRAWL SPACE SHOULD HAVE:

1. Low humidity

2. Proper insulation

3. Active ventilation

4. Moisture barrier

5. No visible mold

When Should They Be Used?

Every crawl space is different so reaching these five goals can differ from one home to the other. Some choose to install more fans and more crawl space vents while others choose a dehumidifier and crawl space encapsulation. Some choose to insulate the crawl space while others feel it is not necessary. Discuss the options and come up with a solution that makes sense to you.

 
 
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      FOR USE IN FOUNDATION REPAIRS

      Helical Piers and Piles are needed for numerous residential and commercial applications and may be used when the job specifies caissons, driven piles or mini piles. Once foundations are exposed to moisture over a long period of time or construction is cited on unstable soil, structural and foundation damage becomes visible.

      When Should They Be Used?

      Helical Piers and Piles are needed for numerous residential and commercial applications and may be used when the job specifies caissons, driven piles or mini piles. Once foundations are exposed to moisture over a long period of time or construction is cited on unstable soil, structural and foundation damage becomes visible. To repair the foundations of your property and ensure the building does not lose value, they are used to stabilize the foundation. Helical piers and piles can also be used to repair foundations when foundation failure becomes apparent:

      • Windows and doors are sticking, hard to open
      • There are large gaps in window and door frames
      • Interior plaster walls are cracking
      • Multiple nail pops are appearing in ceilings and walls
      • Walls are beginning to lean noticeably
      • Floors are starting to settle and become uneven
      • Chimneys are tilting or leaning
      • Cracks can be seen in foundations or basement walls
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