A crawl space is essentially what its name suggests: an area of your home that’s below ground level and has no walls or windows to bring light. Because of this, there are some inherent negatives with crawl spaces, such as potential moisture build-up, which could lead to mold growth, musty odors or even structural damage.
Why Do Crawl Spaces Sag?
Crawl space is sagging because they have large amounts of weight on them from dirt build-up over time without proper reinforcement underneath the floor joists. Most homes were built before basements became popular, so not much thought was given to how much weight the crawl space would have on it.
What Else Does it Effect?
Crawl space that is sagging, will typically be accompanied by sagging floors in the central part of your home. We recommend checking for crawl space sagging before there’s more damage to your property than just a drooping floor or ceiling joists. If you do spot crawl space sagging, then contact us so we can come out and provide you with an inspection!
How badly the crawlspace has deteriorated depends on what level of repairs need to be done. Sometimes all that needs to be done is some steel re-enforcement beams installed under the home’s crawlspace floor joists after they’ve dug up sections where necessary.
A crawl space is sagging over time if there are dips in the floorboards or cracks in the foundation that allow water to seep into the crawlspace. This could also be due to high humidity levels and moisture content.
Signs of a Sagging Crawl Space
• Cracks in the foundation.
• High humidity levels and moisture content.
• The ground around the crawl space is uneven.
• The flooring in the crawlspace buckles, moves are uneven or bouncy.
• The walls or ceiling of the crawlspace are bowed outwards.
• There is visible water damage on the floor or walls of the crawlspace.
If you have any of these signs, it’s time to call a professional repair company like us. We will be able to identify the problem and recommend a solution.
Repair a Sagging Crawl Space
• Install braces and crawl space supports.
• Add a crawl space drainage system.
• Seal the cracks in the foundation and floorboards.
• Remove any standing water or excess moisture.
• Jacking up the house so that the crawl space is level again.
Repairing a crawl space can be expensive, but it’s a necessary investment to protect your home. Make sure you hire a qualified contractor who has experience with crawl space repairs. Trustworthy companies like ours will offer a warranty on their work. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse – call us today for a free consultation.
It’s essential to fix the crawl space before it causes more damage to your home. It will save you money in repairs in the future. Also, it will also make your home more comfortable and stable to live in.
Give us a Call
If you’re not sure if your crawlspace is sagging, give us a call at Toledo Basement Repair, and we would be more than happy to help! We have over 25 years of experience repairing crawl spaces in Toledo and surrounding areas. We have crawl space support systems available to help fix crawl spaces so they will no longer sag or move. Toledo Basement Repair, (419) 297-6138, is your local crawlspace repair expert in Toledo and the surrounding area. We offer a free estimate on any waterproofing or basement needs and that we can also off 10% off their next service.