Many people are aware that moisture in the crawl space can lead to serious issues. However, what some people do not know is that foundation settlement and the settling of the support system in your crawl space can also cause some major structural damage to your home. If the beams and poles in your crawl space start to sag or settle, it may lead to an uneven or sloped floor above; gaps and spaces between the walls, floor, and ceiling; foundation cracks; and bowing or leaning walls in the basement. For crawl space repair solutions for these issues, contact the professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services right away.
Some of the common symptoms that can indicate sagging or settling crawl space beams and posts are:
Most often, the settling of crawl space columns and other support beams is due to weakened foundation soils. The soil will shrink or expand depending on the moisture content of the ground and the temperature. A home that was not built on properly compacted soil may also settle over time, as the foundation presses down on the soil.
Another cause of crawl space settlement is improper pier installation. If the beams and posts in your crawl space were not spaced adequately, they may start to bend and sag as they are overloaded with the weight of the foundation. Moisture can also contribute to settlement by rotting the wooden beams and support posts in your crawl space.
In order to repair your settling crawl space, you need to re-stabilize the area. This can be done by using structural support products such as crawl space support piers. These piers are helical piers or steel push piers that are installed in the crawl space to hold up the foundation where the support posts are failing. These piers are driven or screwed into the ground to anchor in the deeper layers of soil far below. Once the piers are anchored, the weight can be taken off of the crawl space to take pressure off of the settling columns. If the settling crawl space columns in your home caused other kinds of structural damage, it may also be necessary to invest in carbon fiber wall supports or crack repair methods to take care of the foundation.
If you want to prevent your crawl space from becoming unstable, it is important to make sure that it is free of excess moisture. This can be accomplished by installing a vapor barrier with crawl space encapsulation. Another moisture-prevention method is crawl space dehumidification. This helps to keep wood rot, mold formation, and any other damaging issue at bay.
Contact the Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services team today to find out how we can help your Pennsylvania or Ohio home.