The crawlspace is a vital part of the home because it helps stabilize the entire home. When foundation issues occur, particularly foundation cracks, it can lead to water entering the crawlspace and creating some serious problems. Keeping your crawlspace protected from moisture can also improve the structural stability of your foundation and the rest of your home.
Since foundation cracks are a common cause of crawlspace moisture, it is not surprising that crawlspace foundation problems are often the root of many crawlspace moisture problems. Foundation settlement and shifting can lead to the formation of foundation cracks, which provide an entry point for water. This issue is the result of shifting soil or excess moisture in the ground around and under your foundation. Pooling water in the yard can also cause crawlspace moisture issues, as it seeps through the porous concrete, leading to a wet crawlspace and a weakened foundation. Crawlspace moisture often leads to the growth of mold and mildew, which is a health hazard for you and your family. Because most of the air that you breathe in the rest of your home comes from the crawlspace, mold that has infected the crawlspace air can also be present in the air that you and your family are breathing in other areas of the home.
This is why it is important to be aware of the signs of crawlspace moisture so that you can contact a repair professional right away. Some common signs include:
These are all signs that you are in need of crawlspace encapsulation services. This is a process that involves installing a vapor barrier in your crawlspace to prevent water from entering the area. This vapor barrier is made of a water retardant material such as plastic or foil sheeting. This sheeting is then applied to the entire inside of the crawlspace. This will help seal out moisture by preventing the diffusion of vapor through the porous concrete surface of the foundation. Vapor barriers also seal cracks in the concrete of the foundation walls to reduce the chances that water will leak through and pool in the crawlspace. This will keep your crawlspace dry and mold free.
Installing crawlspace piers can add to the benefit of a vapor barrier by closing the foundation cracks that were causing the issue in the first place. These piers are installed deep beneath the crawlspace and used to lift and stabilize the sinking and settling crawlspace and to restore it to the proper position. We use quality foundation products from the leading supplier, ECP (Earth Contact Products) to ensure a long lasting repair.
For more information on our crawlspace encapsulation and repair services, give us a call today. We proudly serve the Raytown, Kansas City, Columbia, and Overland Park area.