Crawl Space Repair

Crawl Space Repair

Crawl space problems can impact your home drastically, without you even realizing it. Most people only go into their crawl space when they have to and because of this, small problems can grow into big ones before they are noticed. Check on your crawl space every month and be on the lookout for tell-tale warning signs, like excessive moisture or odor, standing water, pests, or mold. Other problems can be caused by the crawl space, like an increase in allergy or respiratory issues, sticking doors, higher utility bills, or cracks appearing in the walls.

At Tidewater Home Improvement, we are here to help you find solutions. If you have issues with your crawl space, give us a call and we will schedule a time to come out and assess what needs to be repaired in the space. Generally, crawl space problems fall into three categories:

Water Management

  • Interior – if water or moisture is pooling inside the crawl space, it needs to be addressed before it leads to bigger problems. We can install drainage systems within the space so that the area is dry. To drain water a sump pump can be used, or a simple slope in the ground, that allows water to drain downhill.
  • Exterior – Water that pools around the outside of your home, such as the area around your gutter downspout, or a particular problem spot, can lead to problems with the foundation. Placing in better drainage systems that help water to flow away from the home, we can protect your home. By addressing these issues on the exterior of your home, we can prevent water from getting into the crawl space.
  • Structural – as part of the assessment we inspect all of the supports inside the crawl space and make note of any damage. Any damaged materials will either be repaired or replaced to make insure the structural soundness of the space. Another thing to look for involves plant and tree roots. If something is planted too close to the home, the roots can grow under the foundation and begin to push up and create damage. If this is the case, instead of removing the tree, a root barrier can be installed.
  • Air Quality – if your crawl space has mold or mildew issues, or if it gets hot and muggy in the summer months, this could all be contributing to poor air quality in your home. Installing a crawl space dehumidifier can help combat these issues.

Don’t let a minor problem become a major problem