Crawl Space Repair Services in Des Moines

Anchored Walls knows that the crawl space in your home is not an area where you and your family spend time. It's also probably not a place that you think about very often. When everything is going well with your crawl space, it generally goes unnoticed. However, when something goes wrong with your crawl space, you need crawl space repair services from Des Moines' experts at Anchored Walls as soon as possible.

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Crawl Space Problems

It's very important to fix crawl space problems immediately, so you aren't left with severe structural damage to your home, nasty odors that can permeate living areas, and costly repair fees. As a homeowner, if you aren't proactive about crawl space repair, the structural integrity of your home can spiral out of control. A damaged crawl space is a leading cause of mold and mildew growth beneath your home. Unfortunately, this can lead to health problems. At Anchored Walls in Des Moines, our crawl space repair, encapsulation, and insulation services ensure you a worry-free, safe space.

  • Damage to the home’s structural integrity
  • Mold growth
  • Damp crawl space
  • Infestation of bugs/rodents
  • Musty odors
  • Cluttered appearance

Why You Need Crawl Space Repair

The need for encapsulation and insulation is recognized by Des Moines’ crawl space repair professionals at Anchored Walls. Water in your crawl space needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Failure to have your wet crawl space fixed right away may lead to a variety of problems for the rest of your home, including:

  • Potential damage to the structural integrity of your home. Homes in Iowa won’t pass an inspection, if there's water laying dormant in a crawl space, because of this.
  • The growth of mold and mildew. If you have standing water lingering in your home's crawl space, the moisture can lead to the proliferation of mold and mildew. Mold isn't only aesthetically unpleasing, it can also cause a number of health problems. Mold spores in the air of your home can cause respiratory issues, headaches, fevers, flu-like symptoms and a variety of other health concerns.
  • Infestation of mites and insects, such as cockroaches and termites. These unwanted pests tend to like living in dark, damp places, such as a wet crawl space. Bug infestation in your crawl space can lead to bug infestation throughout the rest of your home, as well.
  • Indoor air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists air pollution in the home as one of its top five environmental health risks. A wet crawl space is one very critical danger. Due to something known as the stacking effect, around half of the air you breath at home may actually come from underneath your home. This is due to the fact that warm air rises and escapes through any leaks found in your home. When your home's crawl space is damp, it is likely to be filled with dust, mold spores, allergens and soil gases, which will then be dispersed throughout your home.

Crawl Space Mold Growth

Anchored Walls offers crawl space vapor barriers, which rids crawl spaces of excess moisture. An abundance of moisture can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Naturally, the growth of mold and mildew can cause a musty smell. Even if you have a crawl space with a dirt floor, a professionally installed crawl space vapor barrier can be used to get rid of the dampness. The crawl space vapor barrier system will effectively seal off the vents and condition the space. This type of installation can make your home's air quality much healthier.

Wet Crawl Space

If your home has a crawl space without any encapsulation, chances are likely that it's moisture-filled. A moisture-filled crawl space can lead to problems with the structural integrity of your home. Anchored Walls of Des Moines offers crawl space encapsulation and insulation services, as well as water-control systems to help waterproof your crawl space.

Crawl Space Odor

A musty crawl space is typically an indication that the crawl space has a moisture problem. Crawl space moisture promotes the growth of mold and mildew in the area beneath your home. It's important to take care of musty crawl space odors quickly, so that the air quality of your home isn't compromised greatly. The indoor air quality of your home can deteriorate once mold and mildew start growing. They can also cause health problems.

What causes crawl space moisture?

Crawl space moisture comes from water seepage, improper yard drainage systems, soil settlement and condensation. Regardless of whether your crawl space is dirt, concrete, vented or unconditioned, these lower areas underneath the home tend to endure the most damage due to the many changes in weather conditions, high temperatures and humidity levels. Humidity and moisture easily travel through your crawl space and can begin to infiltrate the structure of your home.

Damp or wet crawl spaces are perfect homes for insects, rodents and other critters. This area underneath your home can be extremely unhealthy, destructive and dangerous. Your wet crawl space can also act as a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. Mold spreads easily throughout your home when it begins in your crawl space. Mold, as well as wood rot, can negatively affect your home’s indoor air quality. That’s why it’s important to take care of crawl space moisture problems as soon as you notice them.

Why is there mold in my crawl space?

Mold is a result of excessive moisture in the crawl space of your home. It’s very important that you take care of a moldy crawl space problem as soon as you notice that something is wrong. If left untreated, mold can cause a number of problems for the structural integrity of your home, as well as your family’s health. If you don’t repair your foundation, water will eventually seep in. This causes an assortment of additional problems for the structural integrity of your home.

How can I prevent damage to the structure of my home?

If you have a crawl space without a vapor barrier system in place, chances are you have a moisture problem. Over time, this excessive moisture can cause the wood structure holding your home’s weight to begin rotting. Naturally, if left permanently untreated, your home may become dangerous to live in.

Excessive crawl space moisture can also cause:

  • Bug and rodent infestations
  • Mold growth
  • Chills
  • Dry rot
  • Musty crawl space odors
Is my crawl space really able to affect my home's air quality?

The crawl space has an integral role towards a home's overall indoor air quality. Many homeowners don't think twice about their crawl space, unless it starts leaking or growing mold. Research shows that nearly 50% of the air in your home has circulated up from your crawl space. This means that if you have a moldy crawl space, you're breathing in air containing mold spores. Mold can cause allergies, fevers, headaches, flu-like symptoms and a variety of other health issues. Anchored Walls' foundation repair services are based on each individual job, depending on the severity. To receive an estimate, please call us at 888-662-3363.