The Importance of Crawl Space Repair
Crawl spaces are prone to many different types of damage based on the way they are designed. They typically do not have proper ventilation to allow for air circulation, and they have to support the entire weight of your house.
The minimal air circulation combined with the heavy weight put on your crawl space allows it to be susceptible to water damage and structural damage.
Unfortunately, these kinds of problems in your crawl space can also impact the inside of your home and cause even more damage in other areas. Crawl space repair is essential to protect your home’s value.
At NSquare, Inc., we specialize in crawl space problems of all types. If you notice any signs of crawl space issues, such as uneven floors in your home, musty smells and odors, or even see signs of falling insulation or cracks in interior walls, give us a call right away.
The sooner you deal with a crawl space issue, the easier and cheaper it will be in the long run. We offer a variety of different crawl space repair services and products so that you'll never have to worry about crawl space issues again!
What Kind of Damage Happens in a Crawl Space?
The two most common types of damage in a crawl space boil down to water damage and structural damage. If either of those types of damage is left untreated, it could lead to bigger and more expensive issues for your home.
Both types of damage can show many different signs, so it is important for homeowners to look out for the signs and know when to call in the experts.
1. Crawl Space Water Damage
Crawl spaces are usually dark, damp places by nature. Since crawl spaces are typically built with very little ventilation, it makes it difficult for air to circulate to keep the space dry. Crawl space repair is vital to prevent it from being impacted by water damage.
Given Florida’s humid climate, crawl spaces can easily build up humidity. Without the proper ventilation or waterproofing solutions in place, this humidity can wreak havoc on your crawl space and cause extensive damage.
Signs of Crawl Space Water Damage:
Mold and mildew
Water damage can cause mold and mildew to grow inside your crawl space, which can lead to a number of health-hazardous issues for you and your family.
Untreated water damage can become stagnant and create musty odors in your crawl space as well as your home.
To avoid water issues, the air should be dry and healthy. Humid air in your crawl space is an early sign of water problems.
Bug and pest infestation
Bugs and pests love to live in dark, damp places. If you notice an increase of unwanted visitors, it may be a sign of water damage in your crawl space.
2. Crawl Space Structural Damage
Aside from water damage, crawl spaces can also suffer from structural damage. Often, the two go hand-in-hand, and we see that untreated water damage can actually cause structural damage.
If water damage is not taken care of, it can weaken the floor joists in your crawl space and result in structural damage. The water or humidity can cause mold on your floor joists and no longer support the weight above.
Signs of Crawl Space Structural Damage:
Sagging or uneven floors
This is a common sign that impacts the inside of your home. As the floor joists in your crawl space become weak, they can result in uneven or sagging floors inside your home.
Floor and wall gaps
Another sign that takes place inside your home is floor and wall gaps. As the structural support is compromised in your crawl space, it can create gaps between the walls and floors in your home.
If you notice any floor cracks inside your home, it could be a sign of crawl space structural damage as the floor joists can no longer support the weight of your home’s floors.
How Crawl Space Damage Impacts the Inside of Your Home
Most homeowners have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality toward their crawl space. Unfortunately, damage in your crawl space can also impact the inside of your home. This is why it is very important to be educated on the signs of damage so that your home won’t be impacted.
Roughly 50% of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawl space, which is why it’s very important to keep the space dry and healthy. At NSquare, Inc., we offer many different crawl space repair solutions to keep the air dry.
The Stack Effect
The stack effect is a phenomenon that allows the air in your crawl space to seep up through the floorboards and enter the main living areas of your home. If the air inside your crawl space is contaminated with mold and mildew, this can cause musty odors to infiltrate your home.
Aside from musty odors, this can also lead to potential health hazards for you and your family. If you or your family members notice an increase in allergic reactions or wheezing when breathing, it could be caused by the contaminated air coming from your crawl space.
Higher Energy Bills
A neglected crawl space means there is little temperature control inside the space, resulting in cold floors inside your home. This can also make it difficult to control the temperature on the inside of your home, which can lead to higher energy bills.
Research has shown that homeowners who maintain their crawl spaces with the proper equipment save about 15-25% on their heating and air conditioning costs!
Maintaining a healthy crawl space not only impacts the space itself, but it gives you a more comfortable and healthy environment inside your home as well. Our crawl space repair solutions can help save on your monthly bills!
The Impact on Your Home’s Value
Crawl spaces have a big impact on the value of your home. Even if the inside of your home is in perfect condition, if your crawl space is neglected, it could significantly decrease your home’s value.
Homes that have a damp, moldy crawl space can deter buyers from buying your home because it is seen as an expensive fix. Neglected crawl spaces can lower the value of your home by 10%, which can equate to a substantial amount of money.
For example, if the current value of your home is $200,000, a damaged crawl space can decrease it by $20,000. Ultimately, crawl space repair ends up being cheaper than not fixing your crawl space!
NSquare, Inc. Crawl Space Repair Solutions
Although crawl spaces can come with many problems, there are fortunately many solutions available to combat these problems. Our crawl space experts at NSquare, Inc. have over 25 years of experience in providing crawl space repair solutions for our customers.
No matter what kind of crawl space repair your home needs, we offer customized crawl space repair solutions to protect your crawl space and your home.
Our drainage matting is installed under the crawl space liner to prevent water from getting trapped and help channel it outside to avoid flooding.
If you already have a crawl space liner, it’s a good idea to get the drainage matting installed underneath. One of the many things that sets our products apart from the competition is that we always install a drainage matting underneath our CleanSpace encapsulation. This matting prevents any water from getting trapped underneath your liner and channels it outside to prevent flooding.
Moisture Barrier & Encapsulation
CleanSpace is a thick, durable, puncture-resistant liner that goes over your crawl space walls and floors. Its purpose is to provide a clean, dry environment to keep out all water, mold, or pests, all the time. As an added bonus, once installed, it serves as clean, usable storage space for your home.
Crawl Space Doors
Prevent cool breezes from entering your crawl space with a Crawl Space Door.
Made entirely from inorganic plastics and foams, these crawl space doors create an airtight barrier between your crawl space and the outdoors.
The best way to keep humidity and excess moisture out of your crawl space is with a dehumidifier. These help prevent any mold growth or musty smells that may come from moisture buildup, and their self-draining features make it very low maintenance for you.
Clean Crawl Space
Does your crawl space need a complete makeover? That’s where our complete, clean crawl space service comes in. We can take the dirtiest crawl space and completely transform it into a clean, dry environment that can’t foster any water issues, mold growth, or pest infestation.
The SmartJack® System
If your crawl space has any structural damage, the SmartJack® is a great solution for crawl space repair. They provide support for weakened floor joists to give them permanent stability and lift your sagging floors back into place.
Benefits of the SmartJack® system include:
- Supports loads of more than 60,000 lbs
- Galvanized for corrosion resistance
- Installs in limited-access areas
- The ONLY crawl space support jack that addresses problem soils
Another benefit of the SmartJack® is that it’s adjustable if extra support is needed in the future. If there is ever any additional sagging after the SmartJack® is installed, one of our representatives will come and adjust it to provide extra stability to your floor joists.
Crawl Space Sump Pump
Water damage can wreak havoc on your home, whether in your basement or crawl space. In the event of a major rainstorm, you’ll want to be protected with a sump pump to avoid any water damage to your home.
At NSquare, Inc., we offer the TripleSafe™ sump pump system. This system is one of the best on the market and provides three levels of protection against water intrusion for your crawl space.
Benefits of Crawl Space Repair
Crawl space repair is something that a lot of homeowners may not look forward to, but it can come with many benefits:
1. Avoid Unnecessary Repairs
Staying ahead of the problem can help save you headaches and expensive repairs in the future. Don’t allow the problem gets worse to fix any subtle signs of crawl space issues!
2. Create a Healthier Living Space
If you have a healthy crawl space, you’ll have a healthy home. Don’t let your nasty, contaminated crawl space air impact your main living areas.
3. Save Money On Your Utility Bills
Maintaining your crawl space helps control your indoor temperatures, saving you a bundle on your energy bills every month.
4. Gain Valuable Storage Space
As a bonus for you, cleaning your crawl space can turn it into a functional space and give you extra storage.
Expert Crawl Space Contractors in Florida
At NSquare, Inc. we use and recommend products developed by the Basement Systems® International network of contractors. In business since 1987, Basement Systems® operates a full Research and Development department, constantly searching the industry for the best, high-performance products for lasting crawl space solutions.
With more than 30 patented products, Basement Systems® provides crawl space repair solutions that include a written warranty and have been used at hundreds of dealerships across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Your free crawl space repair quote includes an on-site inspection, professional consultation, and written quote. Before your free quote, we'll also send you a copy of our full-color Crawl Space Science Book. Our book includes 88 pages of information on crawl space issues, how they're solved, and what our products can do for you.
No matter what your crawl space issue is, big or small, we have the permanent solution! We offer free crawl space repair quotes in the Florida area, including areas like Sarasota, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.
Call us today to schedule your appointment!