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Common Crawl Space Problems

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As a homeowner, you already have a lot of different things to keep an eye on every day.

You should also be mindful of other things, though they may not be daily concerns.

There may be several problems with your house that you need to be aware of if it has a crawl space. It's crucial that you, as the home's owner, are aware of these issues and the indications that they require attention.

These are a few typical issues with crawl spaces that you should be aware of and try to prevent at all costs.

Uneven floors 

The threat to the general structural stability of your home is one of the most important things you need to be conscious of.

Although crawl spaces are helpful, they may also be a part of what undermines the support for your flooring. So, how can you know whether the structural integrity of your home is at risk? It will be one of the first warning indicators if you see uneven floors. Refrain from assuming that the floors have always been uneven since you have yet to notice. Your house may attempt to alert you if any part of the floor slopes.

Contact a reputable professional foundation repair business to arrange a foundation inspection and get an estimate for the crawl space foundation repair cost.

Standing water in the crawl space 

One of the worst worries for your crawl space is standing water. Be sure to contact a pro when you see any water puddles in it.

The main problem is that many folks must learn that a crawl space may truly flood. This means that before a specialist checks the crawlspace, water may have been there for weeks, months, or even years. The vapor barrier, which prevents the water from draining on purpose, may prevent the standing water from draining.

The water will discharge into the air as much as possible since it has nowhere else to go.

Cold floors 

Have you ever awoken on a chilly winter morning to discover that your floor feels chilly despite the fully operational thermostat?

Lack of insulation in your crawl area is the cause of your floor feeling as chilly as it would be outside. Only some individuals are aware that insulation exists in crawl spaces. You'll notice a big change when you step on your flooring once the insulation is placed.

So, when you wake up on a chilly winter morning, you won't have to skitter across your floor as if it were made of ice.

You can easily cross your floor with the help of your family members, friends, and guests, all with comfort! Also, note that crawl space encapsulation also helps with this problem. 

Musty mold or mildew smell  

Did you know your nose may quickly become used to a bad smell? The smell deliberately makes your brain's receptors fatigued if it is unpleasant.

It explains why so many individuals put off calling a crawl space repairman for so long. They can only smell the mildewy odor for a minute or two before they believe it has vanished. The fact is that your crawl space's standing water is most likely the source of the musty odor. As the water has nowhere to go, it will seek tiny gaps in the flooring and walls of your crawl space.

Another source of the unpleasant smell might be a dead animal under your house or a sizable accumulation of mouse waste.

Your plumbing may have one or more drain lines with sewage leaks, which might be the source of the foul smell you're smelling. Whatever the cause, you must have a qualified expert in crawl spaces inspect it. 

You should note that mold is a very common household problem and can be found almost everywhere. It is frequent even when you have crawl space insulation. 

Presence of mold in the crawl space 

One of the worst problems you may have with your crawl space or foundation is mold.

The worst thing is that you might only know it's there once you hire a contractor to check it out or walk into the crawl space to look. Mold is dangerous to you and your entire family and poses a serious threat to the structural integrity of your house. It could be inhaled by your family every day. Mold has the ability to absorb up to 50% of the air in your home.

Black mold may seriously affect your respiratory system and result in headaches, persistent coughing, and even black mold poisoning if ingested frequently enough.

So, what initially results in mold? Three key factors are to blame. First, it's possible that the mold is caused by moisture in the soggy ground around your house.

Second, it can be caused by moisture that is leaking into your house from the outside. Last, you should be aware of standing water in your crawl area.

Be sure you speak with a professional immediately away. They'll be aware of ways to eliminate dampness from beneath the property.


Now you know some of the most common problems homeowners with crawl spaces face daily. If you’d like to discuss any problems you might be facing with your crawl space with a professional, contact Zavza Seal LLC today. They offer various services, from crawl space waterproofing to crawl space encapsulation. 

Call them today to get a free estimate on their services.


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