Mold, bugs, and spiderwebs, oh my! If the only thing it takes to turn your home into a haunted house this Halloween is a trip down to the crawl space, then it’s time to talk to our foundation repair company. Sure, a crawl space probably isn’t your No. 1 hangout spot, but if it’s a bug’s No. 1 hangout spot, then you have a problem. 

Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, we offer a variety of services revolving around foundation repair, including solutions for your crawl space. Foundation crack repair and leaky basements are in our repertoire, but so are drains for crawl spaces and even crawl space encapsulation. Keep reading below to learn more about how our foundation contractors can help, and then contact us today to get started with a free quote! You may think your crawl space is out of sight and out of mind, but you’ll need far more serious foundation repair in the future if you continue to ignore it.

What’s the problem?

So, really, what’s the big deal with ignoring your crawl space? It was built to last, right? So why the need to go and check on it once in a while? Well, for starters, you should periodically check out your crawl space in order to be aware of foundation problems

Next, it’s a problem because of what can easily happen in your crawl space if it’s not monitored.

Think about it: the area is dark, cool, and damp. What breeds best in those types of environments? You guessed it — mold and bugs. 

  • Bugs and insects can find their home in your crawl space, especially for us here in the South! They won’t just conveniently stay in one corner, though. They’ll spread and multiply until they’ve taken over your house framing and made the area a risk to the rest of your foundation.
  • Mold, mildew, dust, and more are harmful toxins that will thrive in your crawl space. While you may think they’ll stay out of sight and out of mind down there, this simply isn’t the case; before you know it, these airborne toxins will make their way into your home. 
  • On top of bugs, mildew, etc., however, you could also simply have excess moisture in your crawl space if you’re not careful. Water in soil is trying to get out of the soil. When it finds the crawl space, it turns into vapor and gets into the crawl space’s air, where it increases the humidity. This can deteriorate parts of your framing and even lead to major foundation cracks. 

What are the solutions?

OK, now that you know the problem, you want to know the solution. At our foundation repair company, we offer several solutions that can help with your crawl space problem. Read more about each of them below, or contact us today for a free quote to find out which might be best for your situation.

Crawl Space Encapsulation

This service from our foundation contractors involves decreasing moisture in your crawl space. This means covering the foundation (or the crawl space walls) and the dirt inside the crawl space with a high-performance vapor barrier. This barrier is a cross-laminated product, often with multiple layers, to keep water under the barrier and away from your crawl space and the rest of your home.

Drains for Crawl Spaces

Drains for your crawl space are, well, just what they sound like! Through sump pump installation, basement waterproofing, and other drain solutions, you can make sure that when water enters your crawl space it then quickly exits through your drainage system.

Crawl Space Dehumidifiers

Here in the Nashville area, you’re used to humidity and may even have dehumidifiers in rooms throughout your home. Who’s to say you can’t put one in your crawl space? However, we definitely recommend working with foundation contractors to correctly install a heavy-duty dehumidifier that will get the job done right. This is an especially affordable and effective method for decreasing humidity — and therefore bugs, mold, and excess moisture — in your crawl space.

Framing Repairs

If water or insect damage has already taken its toll, then our foundation contractors can help you with house framing. We’ll help by installing additional support or completely replacing damaged frames so that you can be confident in your own home. While we’re doing this, we can recommend one of the solutions listed above to prevent future damage and foundation repair!

Contact Us Today for Foundation Repair in Nashville

Foundation repair, as it turns out, isn’t just about repair damage. While we can certainly do this, we’re all for solutions to help prevent future damage! Contact us today for a free quote from our foundation contractors. We’re located in Nashville and clients throughout the surrounding areas, offering a personalized solution for each.