Your crawl space is something you don’t often look at; however, inspecting it on a regular basis is important, as you may notice signs that indicate you have a problem. When inspecting your crawl space, here are some things to look for that will let you know it’s time for crawl space repair.
#1. Standing Water
Standing water inside your crawl space can be caused by poor drainage or leaking pipes. If left unchecked, standing water can eventually cause mold or mildew to form, and may even weaken your foundation. You should identify the cause of your standing water to eliminate the problem and prevent future damage. It may also be helpful to install a vapor barrier to prevent moisture damage from occurring.
#2. Sloped or Sagging Floors
Floors that sag or appear to be uneven indicate you have a problem with your floor joists. If you have sagging floors, you may hear rattling coming from your cabinets whenever you walk on them. This can be caused by a number of things ranging from improper building to placing too heavy a load on your floors. Repairing floor joists is not something you should undertake on your own, as it may require lifting your home so that additional support can be placed underneath it.
Sloping floors are a sign you have a weakened foundation. This is often caused by water damage that rots the beams underneath your home. At the first sign of sloping or sagging floors, you should have the necessary repairs performed to prevent the problem from becoming worse.
#3. High Indoor Humidity Levels
When moisture builds up inside your crawl space, it can cause humidity levels inside your home to be higher than normal. You may notice condensation building up on the inside of your windows or the outside of metal appliances. Some other signs you have high indoor humidity include:
- Visible signs of mold and mildew on your walls
- Condensation forming around pipes
- Paint or wallpaper that peels from the walls
- Musty odors
- Increase in allergy-like symptoms
#4. Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew can easily form whenever there is standing water or high moisture levels inside your crawl space. Mold that develops inside your crawl space will eventually circulate through the rest of your home, and can cause allergies and other breathing disorders. You should not attempt to remove mold yourself, as you could actually cause more harm than good by doing so. The services of a mold removal specialist are needed to identify the type of mold and extract it properly.
#5. Increased Electric Bills
If you have recently noticed a sudden increase in your electric bill, it could be due to poor air circulation or high humidity levels inside your crawl space. High humidity will force your HVAC system to run more than it should, causing you to spend a great deal more to heat and cool your home. Poor insulation inside your crawl space could also render your heating and cooling system inefficient.
#6. Unusual Musty Odors
Musty odors coming from your crawl space are not normal, and may indicate you have a moisture, water or mold problem. If you notice a musty odor inside your crawl space, have it inspected if the problem seems to linger or get worse over time.
Any of these problems indicate there is a problem inside your crawl space that needs to be addressed. At the first sign of trouble, contact us. We’ll quickly identify the problem and come up with a solution to eliminate it so you will no longer be bothered with crawl space problems.