Residential Crawl Space Solutions
If you have a problem with your residential crawl space, it is important to have a professional implement the proper repair solution to ensure there are no more future issues. Whether you’re plagued by excess water, mold growth, critters in the area, or a sagging floor, our team is experienced in providing expert solutions to these problems.
The solutions available in a residential crawl space will typically fall into one category, closing off the residential crawl space and treating the closed-off area to ensure no more problems arise.
Encapsulating a residential crawl space is very different from installing a basement waterproofing system and is the first step in solving most crawl space problems. This involves the installation of a heavy-duty crawl space liner along the floor and walls of the crawl space. The liner is completely waterproof and will prevent any new water from entering the area. Once the liner is installed, any vents will be closed and a sealed door will be installed to completely close off the residential crawl space from the outside elements.
A dehumidifier installed in the crawl space will control any excess humidity. This will prevent the growth of mold and mildew as well as prevent future damage that could be caused by excess humidity such as sagging floor beams or poor air quality.
Floor Joist Repair
Relative to other types of structural or foundation damage, rotted or damaged floor joists are relatively easy and inexpensive to repair. The most common retrofit for a damaged joist or girder is the “sistering” method. This method involves installing a “sister beam” alongside the existing deteriorated member for extra strength. Girder and joist jacks can be installed at specific locations along the structure to support the load. Once in place, the floor can be secured in place or lifted to bring the floor back to a level position.
In addition to our normal crawl space solutions, if there is excess water entering the crawl space we may implement some of our basement waterproofing solutions such as perimeter drains or sump pump system installation.