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Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation Problem Signs

Crawl space damage can seep into your home and affect your daily life. Learn how to spot it and how to stop it, for good.

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Have an issue in your home that just won’t go away? The answer may be in your crawl space. As a hidden part of the home, many homeowners understandably take an out-of-sight out-of-mind approach to their crawl space. Take a look at how common home problems may connect to your crawl space, and how you can fix them.  

1. Odors With No Detectable Source 

A muggy, musty smell permeating within your home can come from many things. However, if you’ve checked your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room to no avail, your crawl space should be the next stop. Since excessively humid, enclosed areas are the ideal location for mold to grow, your crawl space could be harboring the stench.  

mold in crawl space on wooden beams

2. Sagging, Warped Floors 

Without protecting your crawl space, moisture can seep in and weaken its structural supports causing mold and wood rot. This will cause your support beams and floor joists to warp and bend. In your living space, this will appear to you as dips in your floor, and even in some cases, a bouncy feeling.  

3. Worsening Allergies and Breathing Problems 

After a crawl space flood or even after too much humid air has infiltrated, mold will find a home in your crawl space. Since hot air rises, the humid air from your crawl space will rise through your home and into your living space. With it, allergy-inducing mold and mildew spores. This is called the stack effect.  

For members of your Ohio home struggling with asthma or allergies, the unclean air may trigger severe symptoms. In addition to checking your air vents and other parts of your home, make your crawl space another area of concern.  

4. Uptick in Bugs And Pests 

Bugs and pests are attracted to exceptionally dark, dank, and wet areas to take shelter. When water and humid air seep in, it creates a welcoming environment for these pests to take root and even breed. It’s inevitable for these pests to make their way into your home after enough time. Here are the most common crawl space pests:  

  • Termites 
  • Rodents (mice and rats) 
  • Cave and camel crickets 
  • Snakes 
  • Roaches 
  • Spiders 
  • Silverfish 

5. Abnormally High Energy Bills 

Your crawl space, if unprotected, can be an entryway for the elements into your home. This means that cold or hot air will seep in, eventually making its way up into your home. Many homeowners as a response to this temperature change will crank their thermostats; this will result in a higher energy bill. Ohioans may notice this problem more often in the winter because of the notably freezing weather. If you notice higher electric bills, check your crawl space.  

See a full list of crawl space problem signs below. Are any of these in your home?  

Crawl Space Encapsulation Can Help You Fight Back 

Crawl space encapsulation is the process of sealing up your crawl space from moisture and outside weather, using multiple crawl space solutions. By completely closing off your crawl space, it erases the opportunity for mold and moisture to sneak in and cause the domino effect of damage to your home. Here are just a few of the solutions used during the crawl space encapsulation process.  

While different for every unique home’s needs, the cost of this repair service ultimately pays for itself. In protecting your home from moisture, mold, and structural issues, you save on electricity, structural repair, and potential medical bills.  

Call Ohio Basement Authority For A Safe Crawl Space 

We’re more than a basement repair company. We cover all things foundation, including your damaged Columbus or Cincinnati crawl space. We’re happy to offer you a free inspection of your whole home, so that we can find the true source of your crawl space problems. Then, we’ll provide you with a no-obligation quote, so you can take time to make the right decision for your home.  

It’s easy to start your crawl space encapsulation journey. Press the button below to set up your first appointment with us.  

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