Why does it matter?
Issues within a crawlspace are a detriment to the integrity of your home. On average, homeowners wait 5 years (or longer!) to get their foundation inspected.
Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will become. Having your crawlspace inspected when you begin to notice the warning signs will decrease the scope of the repair.
Here are five signs you need a foundation repair expert to take a look at your crawlspace.
When you walk across the room, does the floor seem to jiggle or bounce under the weight? There are a few potential reasons for this, including sinking crawlspace supports. This issue is caused when the soil under a home is not strong enough to bear the weight of the supports – and the rest of your house along with it.
Sinking crawlspace supports can be replaced with steel columns that are better equipped to bear the load.
Similar to bouncing floors, if you notice your floors sloping or sagging, that could be an indication that your crawlspace supports need to be checked out by a trained professional.
Sagging floors are another symptom of sinking crawlspace supports. However, it could also mean the supports were placed too far apart when the home was built and more support is needed.
You might think a door that is jamming has an issue with its hinges or the handle – but jamming or sticking doors are actually a symptom of foundation issues.
Sticking doors can be caused by settlement in your basement or crawlspace. A foundation repair company can identify the exact problem and find a solution tailored to your home.
If you’re noticing an musty odor, it could be coming from your crawlspace – and this could mean that you have water in your crawlspace. Excessive moisture or standing water in the crawlspace has an effect on the upper levels of the home.
Moisture could also be causing the wood supports to rot away. A waterproofing system and steel support beams would keep your crawlspace dry and stable.
Drywall cracks could look like the paint is the problem. However, if it’s coming out of the corners of door frames or the top of walls, it could indicate your crawlspace is in need of repair.
If you’re experiencing one or more of the reasons above, it’s time to call someone out to inspect your crawlspace. We recommend going with a trained and reputable foundation repair company for peace of mind that the issue will be fixed in a professional manner.