Both crawl spaces and basements present very distinct potential for problems. Depending on which one you have, you might run into different issues. However, regardless of whether you have a crawl space or a basement, it’s incredibly important that you maintain the upkeep of your space.
These are just a few of the problems you may end up facing with a crawl space or a basement. A JES expert will be able to help you through these problems for crawl spaces and basements.
One of the most prominent problems that under-home areas run into is moisture problems. Although this is particularly prominent with dirt crawl spaces, which tend to leech moisture up from the soil, it can happen with any type of basement.
The best way to avoid these moisture issues is to cut off the moisture at the source. For dirt crawl spaces, that may mean crawl space encapsulation. For basements, that may mean a better draining system than the one you’re relying on now.
If your crawl space or basement currently struggles with a high level of humidity, it’s important to get that taken care of as soon as possible. Contact a JES expert for more information regarding how to return your crawl space or basement to a non-humid state.
The area under your home needs to be just as stable as the rest of your home. A crawl space or basement needs to have a very sturdy foundation because it’s an important structure that often has a lot to do with the stability of the home above it.
You can run into construction problems with floor joists, concrete pouring and a variety of other important components of a crawl space or basement. It’s important that you maintain your home’s stability, even if that means redoing some of the construction.
Especially if you didn’t have a strong hand in your home’s construction, you may not even be aware of any potential construction issues under your home. A foundation inspection from JES can help you discover any problems that may need fixing now or in the future.
If you’re going to store things under your home, it’s important that those things stay safe. Crawl spaces typically aren’t meant for storing things. That’s usually what you would use a basement for. However, if your crawl space is particularly large, you may store some things in that area that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to put in a crawl space.
This means you need to make sure anything you store under your home stays safe. The most important part of that is maintaining a dry, cool area under your home. That’s what regular upkeep can do for your crawl space or basement.
A JES expert can help you understand a little bit more about the safety of items you’re storing under your home. If you shouldn’t be storing items under there, an expert will also let you know how to remove them and store them elsewhere.