Make no mistake, if you’re experiencing an issue with your home’s crawlspace, that means you have a problem with the foundation your home is built on. Unfortunately, homeowners wait an average of 5 years (or longer!) to get their foundation inspected.
But, the longer you wait, the more expensive the fix will likely become. Here are five signs you need a trained foundation repair company to take a look at your crawlspace.
- Your floors are bouncing.
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 repaired by replacing the supports with steel columns that transfer the weight of your home from weak soil to strata that is able to bear the load.
- There’s a slope or sag in the middle of your floors.
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.
- Something smells.
Yes, you’re reading this correctly. If you’re noticing an odor, it could be coming from your crawlspace – and this could mean that wooden support beams are rotting away.
If rot has already started, replacing the supports with steel beams will be the best way to ensure the problem doesn’t persist.
- Moisture, pests or insects being a bother.
Crawl space encapsulation is a smart move for homeowners with a crawl space. It involves the installation of a custom-installed system designed to control moisture, air flow, keep out pests and insects and ground contamination.
Encapsulation involves covering every square inch, regardless of the crawl space size, with materials designed to keep outside elements totally separate from what’s inside the home.
- Your doors are sticking or jamming.
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 crawlspace. A foundation repair company can stabilize your foundation.
- You notice cracks in interior drywall.
Drywall cracks could look like the paint is the problem. However, if it’s coming out of the corners of door frames or other telltale places, 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.
Book your free, no-obligation home inspection today.