Many people are aware that moisture in the crawlspace 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 crawlspace can also cause some major structural damage to your home. If the beams and poles in your crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace beams and posts are:
Most often, the settling of crawlspace 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 crawlspace settlement is improper pier installation. If the beams and posts in your crawlspace 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 crawlspace.
In order to repair your settling crawlspace, you need to re-stabilize the area. This can be done by using structural support products such as crawlspace support piers. These piers are helical piers or steel push piers that are installed in the crawlspace 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 crawlspace to take pressure off of the settling columns. If the settling crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace encapsulation. Another moisture-prevention method is crawlspace 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.