WHAT CAUSES WOOD ROT IN YOUR CRAWL SPACE?
If you notice signs of a settling crawl space or sagging beams and posts, you may be dealing with a crawl space moisture issue. Excess moisture and humidity in the crawl space leads to a whole host of issues, and can even cause structural damage to your home. Moisture is a common problem in crawl spaces 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 crawl space. Fortunately, the professional team at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services can help you reduce the moisture in your Pennsylvania crawl space.
Water in the Crawl Space
When water gets into your crawl space, it can cause a variety of problems. One of the biggest problems that can occur is wood rot. If the moisture in your crawl space causes the wooden supports in the area to rot and weaken, it can lead to settling, leaning, and overall structural failure of the crawl space. 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 crawl space 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 crawl space water issue but also weakens the foundation walls of your home.
High concentrations of groundwater around your home can also lead to crawl space 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 crawl space through these cracks.
PREVENTING AND FIXING CRAWL SPACE WOOD ROT
When it comes to crawl spaces, there are a few signs you should look for to determine whether or not excess moisture is causing the wooden supports in your crawl space to rot. If you see the following symptoms, do not hesitate to contact the repair experts at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services for waterproofing and structural repair options right away:
- High Humidity
- Water Stains
- Mold and Mildew
- Wet or Damp Walls
- Condensation on Pipes
- Musty Odors
- Water Seepage
If you can, you should invest in crawl space 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 crawl space. This prevents moisture from seeping through the walls and keeps water vapor from diffusing into your crawl space. The vapor barrier installation process is known as crawl space encapsulation. Reducing moisture in your crawl space can also be done using dehumidifiers. The Santa Fe Dehumidifiers that Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services uses, cut down crawl space humidity to prevent wood rot.
If the wooden supports in your crawl space are already starting to rot, it may be wise to invest in crawl space piering options. These piers are used to reverse settling crawl space columns by offering support and stability. For these and more options for your crawl space wood rot problems, contact Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services now.