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Do you want to learn more about the source of your crawl space problems? Or find out more about crawl space encapsulation? Our crawl space articles are your resource for more information on foundation repair.

Still have questions? Give us a call at 866-370-4816. Our team of experts are always happy to answer your questions and provide a free inspection of your home’s foundation. Every crawl space repair consultant is extensively trained by our Professional Engineers before they can provide you with a crawl space inspection.

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The Truth About Crawl Space Vents

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

Dirt, vented crawl spaces present a multitude of problems for homeowners. Open crawl space vents prevent controlling moisture under in your crawl space due to the constant push/pull of the air throughout your home, also known as the stack effect. Read more…

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Bouncy Floors? Meet SmartJack

Does your home have sloping, bouncy floors? Do picture frames and glasses rattle when you walk by? No, you don’t need to lose weight; your floor joists need additional support to hold up the weight of your home. Read more…

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Foundation Vents – Why They Don’t Work

 It’s a common misconception that your crawl space needs to breathe. In the past it was believed that if you had crawl space moisture then the best way to get rid of it is to air out your crawl space by installing foundation vents. We now know that this actually creates even more moisture problems. Read more…

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Summer Heat + Your Crawl Space = Mold

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

A hot summer, and unsealed crawl space with a dirt floor can create big problems for your home and health. This combination invites mold and wood rot in your crawl space – and this threatens the health and safety of your family. Read more…

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Stack Effect

You may have heard about the stack effect and how it creates humidity and health problems in your home. But what is it? The stack effect, also known as the chimney effect, is the movement of air in your home. Read more…

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History of Crawl Space Design

Crawl spaces, cellars and sub-cellars are all types of basement foundations. Basements have been around for centuries, however they’re more common in areas where it’s easier to excavate the soil, in regions that aren’t prone to earthquakes or flooding, and areas have a higher rate of tornado activity. Read more…

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Warm Winters & Crawl Space Problems

While some of us are enjoying the warmer winter, it could be wreaking havoc in your crawl space. The warmer weather creates moisture problems in your home. This excess moisture contributes to mold growth, wood rot and even insect infestation. Read more…

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How To Fix Sagging Floors

So, you’re sick and tired of your sagging floors. And you’re looking for a way to fix them. Before you try to fix your floors as a DIY project, there are a few things you need to know. Sagging floors are typically a sign of structural problem. They can be caused by poor floor support design, settlement or moisture problems. Read more…

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Crawl Space Waterproofing

Crawlspace waterproofing matters. Like it or not, you breathe in the air that’s in your crawl space. The air in your crawl space is circulated through your home via the Stack Effect. As the air warms, it rises up through your home. Read more…

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Crawl Space Drainage

If you’re reading this article, then you understand that having a dry crawl space is important. So let’s get to the meat of the matter. Crawl space drainage is something that should be left to the experts. The reason for this is two-fold. Read more…

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Crawl Space Encapsulation vs. Pest Control

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

For years many pest control companies have been treating crawl spaces for termites and dismissed problems like heat loss, mold, structural damage, damage to heating/air conditioning duct work, insulation, moisture issues, condensation, and energy loss. Read more…

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How To Dry Out A Wet Crawl Space

A wet crawl space can lead to a variety of health and safety problems in your home. These can Include mold growth, rotted floor joists and pest invasions. The best way to avoid the headaches caused by these problems is to dry out and seal your crawl space, which can be done in four steps. Read more…

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Crawl Space Encapsulation Written Into North Carolina Code

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of sealing your crawl space. North Carolina has taken these studies seriously and has begun to mandate crawl space encapsulation for new construction. Read more…

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About Crawl Space Moisture Control

Can’t figure out crawl space moisture control? Your crawl space isn’t designed to stay dry. From dirt floors, to open vents and loose doors; there are many ways for water to enter your crawl space and create problems. Read more…

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What Causes Crawl Space Condensation?

Condensation in your crawl space is a sign that you have a moisture problem. When the relative humidity in your crawl space reaches 100% – the point when the air can’t hold any more moisture – condensation forms. Read more…

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About Crawl Space Ventilation

In the past it was common practice to endorse crawl space ventilation. The idea behind this practice was that venting the crawl space would keep it dry. We now know that this just isn’t the case. Crawl space ventilation, especially in humid areas, ends up doing more harm than good. Read more…

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Close the Vents and Seal The Crawl Space; Science and Sense of Crawl Space Encapsulation

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

There’s a problem with a dirt floor, vented crawl space. As air rises in a home, it carries with it the air that was previously in the crawl space. That includes moisture and mold spores, as well as anything else that may be airborne down there. Read more…

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Hurricane Preparedness: Protect Your Home and Crawl Space

It’s hurricane season in Hampton Roads. While most of us don’t think about the storm until it’s in our backyard, it’s important to plan ahead. While high winds from the storm can create damage, the flooding caused by the storm is the biggest problem. Read more…

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Crawl Space Mold and Your Health

Your crawl space is an often overlooked area of your home. It’s easy to ignore since most of us try to avoid the dark, musty space. But most of the time the reason why we’re ignoring our crawl space is the very reason why we need to start paying attention to it. Read more…

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What’s Dry Rot?

Dry rot is a bit of a misnomer… The rot typically occurs when there’s too much water or moisture that’s in contact with the wood. The dry rot fungus has the ability to carry moisture with it, and can pull it from the ground or other sources. Read more…

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If you’re not sure of the source of your crawl space problem, give us a call at 866-370-4816, and schedule a free inspection. We’ll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.

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~ Burt & Pauline S., Williamsburg, VA

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