Homeowners in Colorado Springs are familiar with the common problem signs caused by crawl space moisture. Mold, mildew, and musty smells, to name a few. But, although the symptoms are well known, do you understand why? Although the Colorado Springs clay soil is one of the major reasons you're experiencing problems, several other factors contribute to needing crawl space repair. Browse the common crawl space repair causes below to learn more.
Common Crawl Space Causes
Understanding why your crawl space is struggling with moisture issues is an important first step to solving the problem. Below are some common reasons you may require crawl space encapsulation.
Over Spanned Joists
If you notice sagging or sloping floors, or gaps between the wall and floorboards, over spanned joists may be the cause. Although there are several reasons your home may be suffering from over spanned joists, wood rot may be the most common. When crawl space moisture is left untreated, wood rot can occur and cause your home’s wooden floor joists to become weak, causing them to sag or no longer support the weight above them.
Although you may not notice standing water in your crawl space, humidity can still be a big problem for your crawl space’s health. High moisture levels in the air lead to mold, mildew, and high energy bills. This humidity is not contained below your floors; it travels into your living spaces, causing homeowners to increase their energy bills by turning down the temperature to remove the unpleasant humidity.
As mentioned above, humidity has a way to travel beyond your crawl space and into the area of your home where you and your family live. But thanks to the stack effect, it’s not just humidity that travels upstairs. It’s also mold spores and pest droppings. The stack effect pulls untreated outside air into the crawl space, where it moves through the home and eventually escapes out of the roof. New outside air is pulled in to replace the escaped air. Even with the best roof insulation, 50 percent of the air you breathe comes from the crawl space.
Crawl Space Open Vents
Old construction code told builders it was a good idea to leave open vents inside the crawl space so that air could circulate. Although this has since been found untrue, open vents cause more problems than good. Still, many crawl space vents remain in older homes. These vents allow untreated air from the outside into your home, and are the perfect entry point for groundwater, rodents, and pests.
Stop Dealing with Crawl Space Moisture. Crawl Space Encapsulation from Peak Structural Can Help!
Peak Structural has been working with homeowners like yourselves in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Grand Junction for more than two decades. We understand the unique soil and weather conditions in the area. Our solutions take this into account. And it’s why we have developed cutting-edge products and installation practices to ensure permanent solutions. Our trained local inspectors walk you through both their findings at your home and the suggestions to solve your issues. If your home needs waterproofing, a dehumidifier, or other products, our team will show you the importance of these tools for your home. Since our inspectors are not salesmen, you’ll never have to worry about paying for anything unnecessary.
Our solutions come with long-term, transferable warranties, and all systems can be customized to meet your home’s needs. We offer a free, no-obligation inspection because your dry crawl space is our number one priority. Contact us to schedule your free crawl space inspection.