Crawl Space Functions
Homeowners don’t give much thought to the crawlspace that might be underneath their feet, but there could be a whole lot more than they expect.
A crawl space is a hollow area in some homes between the ground and the first floor. It’s a small space with low ceilings (hence the name) and that takes the place of a poured concrete slab basement.
Crawlspaces typically hold the home’s “functions” like plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical. This has its pros and cons, as it is easy to find when you have a problem, but it may not be easy to get to.
It is believed by many that crawlspaces need ventilation in order to let the moist air out; however, at Baker’s Waterproofing, we know for fact that insulating and sealing the crawl space with our quality, patented products is the best solution for you and your home.
Vented crawl spaces allow warm, moist air to come in from the outside. Once it enters the cool crawl space, it condensates and pools up. The moisture can create mold and wood rot and can act as a breeding ground for rodents and insects.
Why Fix it?
You may be wondering, “If I don’t use it, why should I care?”. Crawlspaces can have daunting effects on the upper levels of your home, and could be dangerous for you and your family members.
One reason crawl space air can be so harmful is something called “The Stack Effect.” As new air comes in, a vacuum is created below, and new air is pulled upwards through the crawl space. If you’re noticing mold in other parts of your home, it could be spreading from the crawl space.
The stack effect is additionally creating an energy drain in your home. Cold floors, frozen pipes, and high heating bills could be attributed to a poorly treated or vented crawl space.
Sometimes, the moisture will cause wood rot. The wood rot will ruin the crawlspace’s support beams, making them unstable.
Sloped or sagging floors in the upper levels could be a sign that your crawlspace is not properly supporting your home.
Baker’s Waterproofing can install crawl space supports which are a more permanent solution that can be accompanied by the encapsulation system.
Taking good care of your home includes addressing what happens beneath it.If any of these issues are affecting your home and the people inside it, contact us for a free estimate. We will inspect your crawlspace, and decide how to best move forward with your important home repair project.