What Causes Foundation Damage or Settlement? The causes of crawl space foundation damage or settlement is sometimes
due to the design (or under-design) of the structure itself. More commonly, damage is caused by water damage, termite damage,
or as changes occur within the foundation soils that surround and support the structure.
Settlement can cause significant damage in a home if left uncorrected. Symptoms such as sloping floors and cracks in drywall are
common when additional support systems are needed within a crawlspace. The following paragraphs are brief explanations for a
continually expand and can draw moisture from the soil beneath the foundation. Again, clay-rich soils shrink as they lose
basement level foundations. As a general rule, the diameter of a tree's root system is at least as large as the tree's canopy.
Common Causes Of Crawl Space Foundation Failuresraises the house off the ground, are easier to install electric and mechanical components, requires much less excavation, and
most of all - they costs less to construct.
Why Care? - If you care about how much you pay for heating and cooling, about your home rotting, mold,
allergies, or asthma, the comfort of your home, cold floors, drafts, and how your home smells, then you should
sticking, about hard wood floors buckling, and about carpets going moldy, then you should care about your
crawl space. If you care about your resale value, then you should care about your crawl space. You can't get
away from it.
A crawl space should’nt be “out of sight & out of mind” for long - As time passes, a crawl space foundation is certain to come
back to haunt unsuspecting homeowners, causing problems ranging from mold and rot to poor energy performance, settling floors
and health issues. Structural problems can develop if joists succumb to rot. Crawl spaces can also have problems with the beam or
girder that extends down the center of the foundation to provide mid-span support for floor joists.
more motivated we are to getting it fixed. Call or contact us today for foundation an inspection or repair estimate.
Health problems associated with your crawl space - The dark, damp interior of a crawl space creates a perfect environment
for mold to grow on wood and on the paper backing of fiberglass insulation installed between floor joists. Mold spreads via airborne
wires. When this happens, family members are likely to suffer from allergies and respiratory ailments.
Higher Energy Costs - Crawl space moisture diminishes the R-value of fiberglass insulation and can even cause batts to fall out
of place as they become wet. Sheet metal ductwork in the crawl space can rust, and ductwork that isn’t insulated or sealed will
waste energy and possibly allow crawl space air to be drawn into the ductwork system and distributed in the living space.
Sagging crawl space foundation structural beams are often the result of improper spacing of
the structural beams. Pier columns that are spaced too far apart can result in overloaded
structural beams, causing them to bend and sag. When structural beams begin to bend, the floors
above begin to slope, causing cracks to form and many other cosmetic issues throughout the home.
Excess moisture, termites and wood rot can also cause structural beams and joists to weaken over
As a result, the footings press or sink into the soft soils, similar in theory to how a person standing in mud sinks into soft, wet
clay.In such cases, footings may be designed to spread the load over the weak soils, thereby reducing potential foundation
settlement. However, the majority of settlement problems caused by weak bearing soils occur in residential construction, where
the footings are designed based upon general guidelines and not site-specific soil information.
Pier Column Settlement - Settling of columns in a crawlspace is most often
caused by weak foundation soils. Brick or concrete pier columns installed to
support this beam sometimes shift or settle, causing the floor (or sections of it)
to dip down. Over time, these soils shift and settle with changes in moisture
Some soils are simply not capable of supporting the weight or pressure exerted
by a building's foundation.
and sometimes has small animals and bugs living in it.
When the home is first built the crawl space is not considered part of the house, it is becomes "out
of sight and out of mind". Many homeowners never go down into their crawl space unless they
absolutely have to. They shut it out of their mind, like it doesn't exist. Here’s the problem, over
the course of time a poorly maintained crawl space is certain to come back to haunt unsuspecting
homeowners, causing problems ranging from mold and rot to poor energy performance, settling
floors and health issues.
Sagging or bowed floor joists - One common and very serious defect is under-sized, poorly
designed floor joists. Under-designed floor joists means the floor joists are too small (dimension
of lumber) for the long span from side to side. This problem is the result of improper spacing of
existing structural beams. When the floor joist does not meet the design requirements for the
bowing in the middle of a room, or floors to become springy and deflect under walking traffic.
Sagging or bowed floor joists will also cause the roof or walls of the home to be pulled down as
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