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There are few words that strike fear in the heart of a homeowner as much as “mold.” Once mold has gained a foothold in your home, it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. Unfortunately, the alternative—ignoring it and hoping that the problem will just go away on its own—can lead to structural damage,...
There are few words that strike fear in the heart of a homeowner as much as “mold.” Once mold has gained a foothold in your home, it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. Unfortunately, the alternative—ignoring it and hoping that the problem will just go away on its own—can lead to structural damage, expensive remediation and repairs, and even serious health issues.
Crawl space mold is even more insidious than mold in other areas of the home, by virtue of how moist and damp many crawl spaces are. That’s why it’s important to take steps that will help prevent mold from developing in crawl spaces, to begin with. Keep reading to learn what these steps are!
Mold thrives in wet, dark spaces. That’s basically the definition of a crawl space! Most crawl spaces suffer from a couple of factors that make them hospitable to mold and mildew: damp wet ground, humid climates, and poor ventilation.
It doesn’t help that they usually have dirt floors, so any moisture in the soil contributes to the overall dampness. Homeowners who suspect their crawl space might be prone to mold should use the following steps as a checklist, completing each action methodically.
In order to check for leaks that may be making the crawl space damp, you’re going to have to get right in there. Take a flashlight with you, and inspect the entire interior for any sources of water. Pay particular attention to the HVAC ducts and plumbing components.
Make note of any standing water, as well. If you can, try to identify the source of the standing water. It could be coming from your plumbing pipes, water pipes that supply your home, or even groundwater.
Depending on what you find, it may be possible to address the issue yourself. In many cases, however, you may want to call in the services of a professional crawl space company or plumber.
Chances are the crawl space is one of the least well-ventilated areas of your home. Perhaps surprisingly, there is some debate as to whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Some contractors and construction experts say that ventilation is necessary. Others counter with the belief that ventilation, rather than allowing moist air to escape, actually encourages moist air to enter the space.
It is probably in your best interest to consult a professional to check out your crawl space and make a determination. There are a lot of mitigating factors that could influence the ventilation question, including the size of the space, any obstructions in the space, the climate you live in, and so on.
It may seem as though insulating the crawl space is a waste of time and money. After all, it’s practically the outdoors. What’s the sense in insulating an area that no one actually lives in, besides the occasional raccoon or stray cat?
Plenty. There’s a tremendous amount of energy loss from a crawl space that is not insulated. It also provides ample opportunity for moisture to enter the home.
If your crawl space is already insulated, inspect it every six months or so. Make sure the insulation is still in place and isn’t sagging. If it is, replace it or use an alternative solution like crawl space encapsulation. If you don’t have insulation, now is the time to get this task taken care of.
Dryer vents should vent to the outside. Take a moment to ensure that they aren’t venting into the crawl space, attic, or any other interior location. This will cut down on the humidity of the crawl space.
All gutters and downspouts should be directed away from the home, as well. This will prevent several different problems related to water damage. If water is flowing toward the home’s foundation, there is definite cause for concern.
While you’re at it, keep those gutters clear. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris are asking for trouble, either to the drainage system itself, to the roof, to the foundation, or to the walls of the home.
Vapor barriers, like heavy-duty plastic sheeting, can help prevent evaporation and other sources of moisture from entering the home. The “floors” of the crawl space, as well as the foundation vents, should be covered with a dehumidifier installed, in order to be most effective.
As a bonus, this plastic sheeting will make it much easier in the future to detect leaks.
If there seems to be moisture in and around the crawl space, no matter what precautions you have already taken against it, it might be time to bring in a dehumidifier.
A crawl space dehumidifier collects the moisture in the air so that the crawl space or other area stays nice and dry. Many homeowners will find that they only need to run a dehumidifier at certain times of the year or in particular weather conditions. Even if you have to run it nearly constantly, it’s worth it as a safeguard against mold. Most crawl space dehumidifiers run automatically to a desired moisture level.
Go through this checklist frequently so that you can nip any developing mold in the bud. Once you have thoroughly inspected and insulated your crawl space, it won’t take nearly as long to make semi-annual checks to ensure that everything is staying nice and dry.
The sooner you can catch any signs of mold, the easier it will be to remove it.
This is a tricky area for a homeowner to deal with, and mold is such a serious issue that you really don’t want to mess around with DIY remedies that may or may not do the trick.
If you find crawl space mold, do yourself a favor and call in the professionals. Then, congratulate yourself on being such a conscientious homeowner and on preventing the dangerous development of excess mold.
Bay Crawl Space specializes in protecting and treating these unique areas of the home. Request a free quote today!
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas early last week as a Category 5 Hurricane and caused immense destruction in the island nation claiming 43 lives and leaving more than 70,000 people homeless. As the hurricane moved towards the States it weakened into a Category 1 storm and causing landfall in North Carolina on Friday. The storm...
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas early last week as a Category 5 Hurricane and caused immense destruction in the island nation claiming 43 lives and leaving more than 70,000 people homeless. As the hurricane moved towards the States it weakened into a Category 1 storm and causing landfall in North Carolina on Friday. The storm forced roughly 800 people in North Carolina to climb the attics of their houses to escape the water from flooding.
The weakening hurricane is expected to transform into a Category 3 post-tropical cyclone in the next couple of days and is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of Maine and southeastern Massachusetts. The hurricane has caused significant damage across the eastern coast, creating a need for hurricane damage repairs. Thousands of people across the eastern US seaboard are left without power while 20,000 residents of the Canadian Maritimes have lost power as well.
Did your Home Suffer From Hurricane Damages?
If you live in and around the US East coast, it is highly likely that your home might have suffered damages due to the strong winds and flooding which accompanied Dorian. Some common signs of damages you may come across will include uneven or sloped floors, leaning or bowing walls, cracks in the structure or foundation, and damage to siding or roofing. It is essential that you examine your house thoroughly from the inside and outside to assess the extent of the damage that has been done to the structure.
Whatever be the damages caused by hurricane Dorian, Bay Crawlspace professionals are here to help you in the rehabilitation of your house. With an expert team, we provide several repair services for residential structures that can help fix the damage caused by the hurricane –
Sinkholes are a consequence of excessive soil erosion and shifting that would have been caused due to the flooding caused due to the hurricane. This weakens the overall integrity of the soil beneath the house and calls for immediate action to be taken to prevent any further damage to the house. If you see sagging areas in your yard or a sinkhole after floodwater recedes, immediately give us a call and we will be there to help you. Our professionals use a variety of techniques for sinkhole remediation after a thorough assessment of the conditions.
Flooding can cause significant damage to the foundation of the houses and may lead to the settling of the structure as the water recedes. Also, the storm may result in the development of cracks in the foundation. These situations call for immediate action. With years of experience in the industry, we are well-equipped to undertake any complex foundation repair tasks. We offer professional leveling, stabilizing, and lifting services to restore the integrity of the foundation along with a set of other services to ensure the complete rehabilitation of the structure.
Hurricane and storms can cause a plethora of structural damages to the house. Here at Bay Crawlspace, our professionals are more than capable of handling different kinds of structural repairs that may be necessary due to the hurricane.
Why Call Us?
Our team provides services across North Carolina and Virginia. With multiple locations across these states, we are well-equipped to offer personalized services tailored to your requirements. If your home was damaged due in hurricane Dorian, we want to do everything we can to restore your life to normal. We are offering free property inspections and quotes along with flexible payment options to help you restore your safe haven in this time of distress. Call us today and let us help you fix your home from the damage caused by the hurricane.
Foundation is an integral component of the house and burdens the weight of the entire structure. Damages to the foundation can cause a depreciation in the value of the property and also expose it to the dangers of failure. There are numerous ways in which foundation damages could be repaired to restore the structure of...
Foundation is an integral component of the house and burdens the weight of the entire structure. Damages to the foundation can cause a depreciation in the value of the property and also expose it to the dangers of failure. There are numerous ways in which foundation damages could be repaired to restore the structure of the house to its original health. Before we delve deeper into the different types of foundation repair methods, let us take a look at the causes of foundation damages.
One of the common causes of foundation damages is the expansion or compression of soil. When the soil expands or contracts it exerts force on the foundation and causes it to shift or crack. Improper compaction of soil while construction could also make the foundation prone to structural damage. Natural disasters such as earthquake, poor maintenance, and sudden exertion of external forces are some of the other reasons behind the foundation of homes getting damaged.
If you come across these signs at your home then your home most likely requires a foundation repair.
There are different methods used for foundation repair depending upon the severity and cause of the problem. The different types of foundation repair methods used most commonly are:
Minor cracks in the foundation can develop due to soil shrinkage or expansion. These cracks can in the foundation can be repaired using sealants or masonry patches. There are a variety of options available to fill these cracks. Hydraulic cement, epoxy sealant, and polyurethane are some of the most commonly used products to seal these cracks. While these cracks may not necessarily mean structural damage, it is advisable that you seal them to prevent moisture from penetrating the foundation.
This method comes in handy when the foundation sinks. In this procedure, a concrete mixture is pumped under the slab to push it up into its original position. The mixture comprises fly ash, cement, and other additives. All the components are mixed in a concrete mixer with water and then filled into the portable pump. Following this, contractors identify strategic locations to dig holes into the slab and then fill these holes using the mixture in the portable pump. A modern slab jacking variant in polyurethane foam slab jacking is becoming increasingly popular as it helps correct the sinking foundation in a short period as compared to the traditional slab jacking process.
The procedure uses steel or concrete piers to resettle and stabilize the foundation. Either the land is excavated or the pipes are driven into the ground to stabilize the foundation. Some of the most widely used piling or piering methods are steel pressed piling, concrete pressed piling, and bell-bottom piering.
The steel pressed piling process requires a trench to be dug around the foundation using a steel pile. When the steel pile reaches a suitable depth, it is connected with a hydraulic jack to push the foundation to the normal position. Following this, the steel shaft of the pile is joined with the foundation by welding or bolting.
In the concrete pressed piling procedure, holes are drilled into the foundation to a considerable depth and are then filled with reinforced concrete to lift it back to the normal position. The procedure is cheap but a temporary measure.
The bell-bottom piering method uses galvanized bell-shaped piers that are drilled into the foundation structure. The spaces created by the bell-shaped pier in the foundation are then filled with reinforcement and concrete. Following this, the piers are removed and the process stabilizes the foundation while pushing it back into its normal position.
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Crawl spaces are an integral part of your home and directly impact your health and electricity bills. Yes, you heard it right! In fact, half of the air circulating in your home comes from the crawlspace or basement. The presence of moisture and humidity in crawlspaces can create numerous problems such as the growth of...
Crawl spaces are an integral part of your home and directly impact your health and electricity bills. Yes, you heard it right! In fact, half of the air circulating in your home comes from the crawlspace or basement. The presence of moisture and humidity in crawlspaces can create numerous problems such as the growth of molds, mildew, dust mites, and bacteria. But the problem can be easily dealt with by dehumidifying the crawl space and keeping it dry.
Some instances of the presence of moisture in crawlspaces can be identified easily owing to the obvious damage they do to the structure. However, in some instances, the damage could be more subtle and hidden which impacts not only the space but the health of the upper levels of the homes as well. Here are a few ways in which moisture in the crawlspaces may manifest itself:
Moisture can enter crawlspaces due to a variety of factors. Exposed damp soil, plumbing leaks, saturated groundwater table, and humid and arid air are a few of the ways in which moisture can humidify crawlspaces.
The first step is to thoroughly examine the crawlspaces to identify the source of the problem. When inspecting the crawlspace, you need to look for foundation cracks, plumbing leaks, or any other source of water entering the space. Fix the plumbing leaks and insulate the pipes in the crawlspaces before starting the procedure of dehumidification. In case you come across foundation cracks, call a professional to assess the problem and then decide the course of action.
After you have fixed or identified the source of the problem, remove anything which contributes to sustaining the moisture in the crawlspace. Check the drainage and grading systems to ensure they are functioning effectively. Besides this, remove any wet insulation or debris that would have collected in the crawlspace.
The presence of moisture may lead to mold and mildew growth in crawlspaces. It is necessary to clean the crawlspace thoroughly after dehumidifying or drying it to ensure the quality of the air inside the house is maintained. Mold and mildews need to be scrubbed off from the surface. The plumbing leaks and vents in the crawlspace can also lead to rodent infestation. It is essential to check for rodent infestation before drying and sealing the crawlspaces to assure the space remains clean.
The last step of the process involves sealing the crawlspaces to prevent moisture from entering again. This can be achieved by encapsulating the crawlspace or covering the entire space with a vapor barrier. The underlying principle involved in both the processes is similar and uses a sheet to prevent moisture from entering the crawlspace. A vapor barrier is a 4 to 6 mil thick plastic sheet that prevents moisture from the ground to enter into the crawlspace. On the other hand, crawlspace encapsulation involves sealing all the ducts, air vents, cracks, and holes before covering the area with a 12 to 20 millimeters thick sheet.
With extensive expertise and a large team of talented structural engineers, Bay Crawlspace can help you identify the problems in your crawlspace and fix them. We offer free inspections and provide no-cost quotes to empower our customers in taking the best decision for their homes. Call us today and let us help you keep your home safe, healthy, and comfortable.
A house is the biggest investment a person makes during their lifetime. Also, your house is your safe haven and a treasured place where you weave thousands of memories with your family. If you have already made the investment of money and time in buying a house, it is advisable that you take good care...
A house is the biggest investment a person makes during their lifetime. Also, your house is your safe haven and a treasured place where you weave thousands of memories with your family. If you have already made the investment of money and time in buying a house, it is advisable that you take good care of it. Problems with the structure of the house are bound to occur over time. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to proactively look out for any signs of problems with the structure of the house and take the necessary actions.
Inconsistency in the foundation of the house is one such problem that is a threat to the structure of the house. But how do you detect this problem in the very beginning and safeguard your home? The simple answer is you learn to read the signs of foundation problems. Before we dive into what these signs are its good to know what are the factors that can cause foundation problems. Simply put, foundation problems are caused due to a plethora of reasons such as plumbing leaks, soil erosion, harsh climate, inadequate drainage provisioning, and poor soil compaction. It is always advisable to stay vigilant and act fast to prevent these problems from amplifying in the long run.
1. Foundation Cracks, Cracks in the Walls/Floor, and Other Structural Fractures
Foundation movement over time due to soil expansion and contraction, inclement weather, and other factors is a very commonly occurring phenomenon. The shift in the foundation of the structure creates gaps and cracks in the foundation. Foundation sinking two to three years after the construction of a house is a normal process which is bound to occur. However, if you come across horizontal cracks in brick exteriors or the concrete walls of your basement it indicates that the foundation has settled beyond the acceptable limit which in turn can become problematic. Wall fissures, floor cracks, and a broken chimney are some of the other signs that are indicative of the problems with the foundation of your home.
2. Sinking Foundation and Sloping Floors
If you notice that the foundation of your home is sinking then it is advisable that you call an expert to inspect the structure. Foundation sinking can be triggered by soil compaction, shrinking, and saturation. This can become prominent with time as one side of the house may start to appear lower than the other creating sloping floors. A good way to test even minor sloping is to keep a ball at the extreme corners of the house and see if it rolls to the other side. The excess settling can be corrected by installing interior or exterior foundation piers.
3. Sticky Doors and Windows
Sticky wooden doors and windows are often considered to be a sign of the presence of moisture in the air. When these wooden structures absorb moisture, they expand which makes it harder for you to open and close them. However, if the problem persists with no sign of humidity or moisture, it signifies a problem with the foundational structure. The movement of the foundation twists out the frames of windows and doors out of balance making them harder to work properly with.
4. Foundation Upheaval
The movement of slab foundation in the upward direction is termed as foundation upheaval. This is a key indicator of a problem with the structure of the foundation. Generally, foundation upheaval is caused due to the accumulation of excess moisture in the soil beneath it. Heavy rains, broken pipes and lack of proper drainage provisioning results in the soil getting wet and heavy forcing the foundation upwards. Frost heave is another key factor that causes a considerable shift in the foundation. When water freezes it increases in volume by 9% putting adding pressure on the foundation which can result in the formation of cracks.
5. Gaps Between Window and Door Frames
A problem in foundation structure causes the formation of gaps between exterior door and window frames. The doors stop functioning properly and may not latch sometimes indicating the presence of a structural deformity in the foundation.
6. Bowing Walls
Untreated cracks in the walls can cause bowing. However, bowed walls can also be a result of a foundation shift. When the soil under the foundation moves it creates hydrostatic pressure and poor drainage which allows moisture to permeate into the walls causing them to bow. Your walls might appear folding inwards due to this phenomenon.
7. Moisture in Crawl Space or Basement
Development of foundational cracks allows moisture to seep into the crawl spaces and basements. This moisture creates a musty smell, uneven sagging floors, and mold growth. A wet basement on crawl space is a definite indication of foundation problem which needs to be addressed quickly.
8. An Unusually High Number of Bugs in the House
Believe it or not, the presence of bugs in your house can be a sign of a potential problem with the foundation of your house. Development of foundation cracks not only allows moisture to permeate but also results in the development of habitat for moisture-loving bug species such as roaches, centipedes, carpenter ants, and pill bugs.
9. Tilting Countertop and Cabinets
Kitchen countertop and cabinets titling away or separating from the walls are a sign of problems in the structure of the foundation. The gaps are small, to begin with, but with time, a countertop can move as much as up to 1/2’’ away from the walls of the kitchen exposing the urgency of action required to correct the foundation problem.
10. Nail Pops
Drywall nail pops or nail pops implies the situation where the head of the nail is peeking through the paint and drywall. This occurs when excessive rainfall or severe drought causes the soil to expand or contract respectively causing the foundation to shift. While it is normal to see nail pops when your house is settling, frequent occurrences imply problems with the foundation.
How to Fix Foundation Problems?
As soon as you come across any of these signs give us a call and we will send our expert and seasoned property inspector to survey your property. In addition to not charging for the inspection, we provide a detailed quotation of the expenses you will incur in fixing the foundation post our survey. We believe in empowering our customers and helping them nurture and preserve the home of their dreams. Call us today and let us help you preserve your home for generations to come.
Home is a place where the word safety and security is redefined. It is a place of quiet refugee that provides refreshment and necessities and most importantly is the permanent shelter that people always get back to. So have you ever thought of adding years to home? Just like humans and their health, checking up...
Home is a place where the word safety and security is redefined. It is a place of quiet refugee that provides refreshment and necessities and most importantly is the permanent shelter that people always get back to. So have you ever thought of adding years to home? Just like humans and their health, checking up or attending to a medical emergency is very important. It is through proper checking up and medication that their health is protected safely, and thus, years are added to their life. The same theory applies to your beloved house where you reside.
Your home requires basic maintenance, which equals for a check-up if not on regular intervals but at least annually. It is during these surveys that the loops can be detected, and then action can be taken accordingly. It is these survey session of maintenance that reaffirms the condition of the house.
For a house where people reside, the foremost task is to see if there is any foundation damage. A critical aspect of a home survey is to check if there is any creaks or hairline fracture that can in future be very fatal. In a home, there can be so many faults; there can be a structural breakdown, sloppy floors, or the bricks can crack and can water can seep through. Also, such a house become not an abode but more of a potential danger place.
In such cases, it becomes immensely important for the owner to take immediate action. There are expert agencies who have well and skilled personnel who have experience in dealing with the building foundation. They have all the equipment best suited to fix such foundation-related problems. These experts also have the expertise to provide you with the guidance of what is right or which material is best for your home.
Challenge 1 – Crawl space moisture can turn your house into a breeding ground for mold and mildew. It can turn your safe haven of comfort into a slowly decaying structure in the worst of cases.
Solution 1 – Crawl space encapsulation is the only guaranteed long-term solution to preserve the health and safety of your home. A sealed, conditioned crawl space prevents structural decay and offers several major benefits.
Challenge 2 – Foundation settlement can damage structural integrity as well as the look of a home. It can lead to the depreciation of the property value and cause future repairs to be less effective.
Solution 2 – Foundation repairs by experts can ensure the structural integrity of your house remains intact. Professional repairs ensure the value of your home does not depreciate and give peace-of-mind that your foundation is secure.
Challenge 3 – Uneven floors, sticking doors, sloping walls, and decaying wood and other building material can spoil the look and feel of your home. In addition, structural deterioration can make future repairs more difficult and costly.
Solution 3 – Our experts can survey and inspect the structural integrity of your home and suggest highly effective, guaranteed solutions and procedures to overcome the problems, all for free.
Challenge 4 – Brick cracks, window gaps, and sloping floors are all signs of foundation problems within the house. These could become serious structural issues over time if ignored. In addition, procrastination can cost a fortune.
Solution 4 – With the help of our experts, you can identify and address any serious foundation issues quickly and save big on costs. In addition, our experts can guide you on why and how these problems arose in the first place.
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