Whether you’re currently experiencing crawl space issues or would like to prevent them from occurring altogether, it can help familiarizing yourself with the topic. Since you’ll need to seek contractors and discuss the issue, necessary repairs, in addition to being able to acknowledge the problem initially, it’s important to understand the common terms often used for such.
Here at StayDry®, we know we’re more than capable in repairing water damage and preventing such in your crawl space, but we know it helps our fellow homeowners to understand the terms we use. This way, you can ensure you’re not only getting the services you need, but you know how to inspect your home and locate potential issues with your crawl space. Considering this, take a moment to learn some key crawl space repair terms and definitions.
Damage Descriptions and Leak Sources
When you’re talking Michigan crawl spaces, you’re typically talking water damage and how the damage occurred. As we mentioned above, familiarizing yourself with the common terms used can help you in inspecting your home for water entry and moisture, and even pinpoint the cause. Of course, the experts at StayDry® can always clue you in here, but it makes sense to have an idea of what we’re talking about. Check out some terms and definitions below:
- Lateral Pressure: As soil expands and contracts with water, it can apply excessive pressure to your foundation walls, which is a common cause of concrete cracks and even bowing walls.
- Heaving: Similar to lateral pressure, heaving denotes when the foundation floor is pushed by the expansion of soil as well.
- Cracked Floors & Walls: Common results of lateral pressure and heaving are cracks in floors and walls, which can allow moisture into the crawl space or basement.
- Bowing Walls: A result of lateral pressure, foundation walls can begin to bow inward from too much pressure. Bowing walls can be quite serious, as they compromise the structural integrity of the home.
- Efflorescence: This is a common sign for water entry in your crawl space. Efflorescence is a white mineral that will appear throughout, so beware as you inspect your crawl space regularly.
- Mold: Though you’re probably well aware of mold, when it becomes an issue in your home, it can be quite difficult to remove. A common result of water entry and even excess moisture, mold can cause respiratory illnesses.
Repair and Prevention
As with damages and the sources of such, there’s a few terms we use regularly as we discuss resolving the issue, or preventing them from occurring. Though most issues require specific repairs, you’ll occasionally have options. Regardless, take a look at some crawl space repair and prevention terms below:
- Dehumidifier: For less severe problems, we can provide your home with a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in the air. This can prevent mold growth and many issues associated with moisture or humidity.
- Sump Pump: Sump pumps can be installed in basements and crawl spaces, and the activate automatically when they sense water entry. When they do activate, they pump the water into a basin, which is then directed away from the home through a discharge line.
- Discharge Line: As mentioned above, sump pumps are typically connected to discharge lines to direct water away from the home.
- Drain Tile: Typically made with polyurethane, and perforated, drain tiles are laid along the walls of basements and crawl spaces to prevent water from building up.
- Crack Injection: When lateral pressure and/or heaving occur, concrete walls can often crack. Yet, those aren’t the only causes. Regardless, cracks can allow moisture in. But with crack injections, we can plug any cracks so they don’t worsen or allow moisture in.
- Polyurethane: Polyurethane is the material we use in our crack injection. At StayDry®, we use a high-pressure injection system with the polyurethane to ensure cracks don’t grow and stay completely sealed.
- Vapor Barrier (Crawl Space Encapsulation): A vapor barrier is one of the best ways to prevent moisture in the crawl space, and we use such in our crawl space encapsulation. Though it requires a little more work, it’ll keep moisture out of your crawl space, preventing any potential issues.
Crawl Space Problems? Call StayDry®
Now that you’re a little more familiar with crawl space repair terms and the many damages a wet crawl space can prevent, be sure to inspect your home often in search of these issues. If you ever notice a problem, we recommend taking action right away. When you need professional help fast, call StayDry® at 800.782.9379. You can also contact us online for your free estimate.