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

Crawl Space Repair CA

Surprisingly, the condition of your crawlspace greatly affects the overall health of your home. The most common problems that homeowners face with their crawlspaces are moisture issues and some structural support issues. If there is a problem with the safety of your crawlspace, 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 crawlspace 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 CA needs.

crawl space repair CA, crawl space supports Bay areaUnwanted moisture is the problem that you will most likely find when examining your crawlspace. If there is too much moisture in the crawlspace, mold or mildew could develop and infect the air. That doesn’t sound so bad since it is just the air in the crawlspace 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 crawlspace. This means that if there is mold in your crawlspace, you will probably end up being exposed to that mold by breathing the air everywhere in your home.

Options for Crawl Space Repair CA

The solution to this is to invest in a vapor barrier to seal your crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace. If the amount of water in your crawlspace 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 CA services, Bay Area Underpinning is the top choice.

Mold and moisture in the crawlspace might also lead to damage of the floor above the crawlspace and the structural system of the crawlspace itself. If this is the case, Bay Area Underpinning provides crawl space supports Bay Area 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 CA.

  • Mold or moisture damage in the crawlspace
  • 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!