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Posted By: bayarea on 7th October 2013 Category: Foundation Repair

Crawl Space Repair in CA

Surprisingly, the condition of your crawl space greatly affects the overall health of your home. The most common problems that homeowners face with their crawl spaces are moisture issues and some structural support issues. If there is a problem with the safety of your crawl space, it could lead to issues in other various areas of the home, even affecting the air you breathe. It is especially important to have your crawl space examined and repaired before the cool winter months when your home will be closed up. Fortunately, Bay Area Underpinning has the skills and services necessary to assist you with all of your crawl space repair needs.

crawl space repair CA, crawl space supports Bay areaUnwanted moisture is the problem that you will most likely find when examining your crawl space. If there is too much moisture in the crawl space, mold or mildew could develop and infect the air. That doesn’t sound so bad since it is just the air in the crawl space that is infected. However, because of the way furnaces circulate air and push the warm air up through the house, most of the air that you breathe comes from the crawl space. This means that if there is mold in your crawl space, you will probably end up being exposed to that mold by breathing the air everywhere in your home.

Options for California Crawl Space Repair

The solution to this is to invest in a vapor barrier to seal your crawl space against all excess water and vapor. Vapor barriers are usually made of a damp proofing material such as a plastic or foil sheeting and are installed all along the walls, floor, and ceiling of the crawl space to prevent any moisture from entering. You may also choose to extend the vapor barrier to the foundation walls, creating a permanent vapor barrier that is very effective in waterproofing your basement and crawl space. If the amount of water in your crawl space is severe enough, you may need to install a sump pump and interior drainage system to expel the excess water from the home. For all of these and more crawl space repair services, Bay Area Underpinning is the top choice.

Mold and moisture in the crawl space might also lead to damage of the floor above the crawl space and the structural system of the crawl space itself. If this is the case, Bay Area Underpinning provides crawl space supports installation services to solve the problem. These support piers are called helical piers and are screwed into the ground to spread the weight of your home’s foundation over a greater area and stabilize the foundation.

If you notice any of the following crawl space issues, it may be an indication that you are in need of crawl space repair.

  • Mold or moisture damage in the crawl space
  • Musty odors in the living areas
  • Condensation on air conditioning ductwork or equipment
  • Condensation on insulation, water pipes
  • Buckled hardwood floors
  • High humidity in the living area
  • Insect infestations
  • Rot in wooden framing

Contact Bay Area Underpinning today and let us know how we can help you out!