If you notice signs of a settling crawlspace or sagging beams and posts, you may be dealing with a crawlspace moisture issue. Excess moisture and humidity in the crawlspace leads to a whole host of issues, and can even cause structural damage to your home. Moisture is a common problem in crawlspaces and is usually the result of pooling water around your foundation or of a higher-than-normal moisture content in the soil around the foundation. This leads to leakage and water seepage that can result in a damp or wet crawlspace. Fortunately, the professional team at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services can help you reduce the moisture in your Pennsylvania crawlspace.
When water gets into your crawlspace, it can cause a variety of problems. One of the biggest problems that can occur is wood rot. If the moisture in your crawlspace causes the wooden supports in the area to rot and weaken, it can lead to settling, leaning, and overall structural failure of the crawlspace. The wooden supports will no longer be able to support the weight of the home – this means that the floor above will start to sag and become uneven, and cracks may form throughout your home.
Water can enter your crawlspace in a few different ways. If there are large puddles of water building up around your foundation, the foundation could start to deteriorate and crumble. Eventually, the water may seep through the concrete of the foundation walls. This not only leads to a basement or crawlspace water issue, but also weakens the foundation walls of your home.
High concentrations of groundwater around your home can also lead to crawlspace water issues. When there is a lot of water in the soil, the hydrostatic pressure in the ground increases, pushing on the foundation and causing it to crack. The water will then leak into the crawlspace through these cracks.
When it comes to crawlspaces, there are a few signs you should look for to determine whether or not excess moisture is causing the wooden supports in your crawlspace to rot. If you see the following symptoms, do not hesitate to contact repair experts for waterproofing and structural repair options right away:
If you can, you should invest in crawlspace waterproofing techniques to prevent moisture from causing wood rot and other issues in the first place. You can do this by installing a vapor barrier to seal out moisture. Vapor barriers, usually made out of plastic or foil, are used to line the interior of a crawlspace. This prevents moisture from seeping through the walls and keeps water vapor from diffusing into your crawlspace. The vapor barrier installation process is known as crawlspace encapsulation. Reducing moisture in your crawlspace can also be done using dehumidifiers. The Santa Fe Dehumidifiers that we use, cut down crawlspace humidity to prevent wood rot.
If the wooden supports in your crawlspace are already starting to rot, it may be wise to invest in crawlspace piering options. These piers are used to reverse settling crawlspace columns by offering support and stability. For these and more options for your crawlspace wood rot problems, contact us now.