Charlotte Crawl Space Repair
Every type of foundation has its own unique set of issues, and crawl spaces are no exception. We offer crawl space repair and crawl space waterproofing in the Greater Charlotte area.
Crawl Space Waterproofing
The soil floors release moisture into the crawl space, which accumulates and results in high humidity levels.
The Charlotte area is known for its humid climate, and crawl spaces are particularly vulnerable to high humidity.
This combination of external humidity and the naturally damp conditions within crawl spaces can create an ideal environment for mold, mildew, and wood decay.
These issues can affect not only the crawl space but also the overall indoor air quality and stability of the home.
Rainwater and groundwater can seep into the crawl space through vents and cracks and remain there. In certain areas, the natural landscape can channel water into crawl spaces under the foundation walls, increasing the risk of flooding and soil erosion.
Research over time has shown that vented crawl spaces are prone to moisture problems, mold growth, pests, and lack energy efficiency.
As a result, Charlotte crawl space repair, waterproofing, and encapsulation have become essential to mitigate these issues.
Signs of a Wet Crawl Space
Presence of Water in Crawl Space
Water can infiltrate your crawl space through openings and cracks in the foundation and even seep underneath the walls.
Wooden joists can deteriorate when exposed to water or moisture and certain fungi that are common in moist environments can cause dry rot.
Damp Crawl Space Insulation
When moisture accumulates in the crawl space, it can condense on the insulation, causing it to sag and droop.
Damaged Supporting Piers
The soil under the piers and columns supporting your home can be washed away by water infiltrating your crawl space.
Mold Growth on Crawl Space Floor Joists
Mold can grow when the relative humidity level consistently surpasses 65% which is common in damp crawl spaces.
Mold and mildew growth in the crawl space can produce a musty odor. Standing water can also contribute to this smell.
Efflorescence (White Powder on Block Walls)
Efflorescence is caused by water seeping in and leaving mineral deposits behind. The white powder itself is not harmful, but the infiltrating water can be.
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Wet Crawl Space
Numerous crawlspaces experience groundwater infiltration, leading to potential issues.
Crawl Space Dehumidifier
Crawlspace encapsulation entails the use of plastic coverings to shield the walls, columns, and floor within the crawl space. Additionally, a dehumidifier is incorporated to lower moisture levels. Water intrusion into your crawl space can occur through foundation gaps, cracks, and even seepage beneath the walls
Crawl Space Drainage
Installing a drainage system is essential to keep your crawl space dry and mitigate structural problems caused by soil erosion
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Crawlspace encapsulation involves the application of plastic coverings to the walls, columns, and floor of the crawl space. In addition, a dehumidifier is installed to reduce moisture levels.
A crawlspace vapor barrier, a plastic layer, is placed on the ground to prevent moisture from entering the crawl space and evaporating from beneath the home.
Wood Joist Repair
Floor joists, the horizontal wooden beams that support the floor above, are spaced approximately 16-24 inches apart. They rely on support from foundation walls or parallel beams.
Research indicates that a significant portion (40-50%) of the air on the first floor originates from the crawl space. Consequently, if there’s mold in the crawl space, it means you’re breathing air that contains mold spores.
To address excess water accumulation in a crawl space, a sump pump is installed at its lowest point. This pump removes water from a sump basin, which resembles a perforated bucket and is typically located at the terminus of French drain lines.
Crawl Space Insulation
In cases where humidity levels are high in the crawl space, moisture can condense on the insulation beneath the home. Over time, this can lead to the sagging and eventual deterioration of the insulation.
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If you are seeing the warning signs mentioned above, the best next step is to call Dry Otter Waterproofing to schedule your free inspection today. We’ll make sure your home is safe and secure so you know that your family is protected.
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