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Having repaired over 70,000+ homes throughout Virginia, as well as DC, Maryland, and northeastern NC since 1993, we know what types of crawl space problems exist in your area. And since JES is locally owned and operated by Professional Engineers, you can feel confident knowing that the crawl space repair solutions we recommend take into account local considerations like your weather, soil, and geography.
A wet crawl space creates an environment that is unhealthy, smelly, and structurally unsound. Wet crawl spaces allow mold and dust mites to thrive, producing millions of toxic airborne mold spores .
Contaminated air from your damp crawl space is drawn up into the living areas of your home, which worsens allergy symptoms and indoor air quality . An unhealthy crawl space also increases your electric bills , is the cause of your cold floors , and also allows pest and rodent infestations .
Insects and pests love damp crawl spaces ! These pests feast on the wood rot and decay caused by a damp unsealed crawl space . Plus all of that moisture can create structural damage, like sagging floors .
Problem signs like these are most often symptoms of serious foundation problems, and the underlying issues need to be addressed.
You need proven, patented solutions from experts in foundation repair, and a thorough inspection to ensure the safety of your home’s foundation.
Foundation Repair Warning Signs
Bowed basement walls are caused by too much pressure pushing against your basement walls. When water drains into the ground by your foundation, the soil expands as it absorbs water, pushing against your basement walls. And as the soil dries, it pulls away from your basement walls, creating weak areas in your foundation. This is a serious foundation issue that needs to be repaired ASAP!
Wall cracks, floor cracks, and ceiling cracks are the number one sign that your foundation may be failing . Brick and block cracks are a result of house settling , which if left unchecked can create serious damage . Horizontal, vertical or stair step cracks in your foundation or brick facing indicate that your foundation is need of repair. Inside of your home, drywall cracks, stucco or plaster cracks, and ceiling cracks also are a clear indication of foundation failure .
Chimney leaning or brick cracks are a sign that you have a house settlement problem . Your chimney is the heaviest portion of your home and there’s a lot of weight concentrated in a small space. If your foundation isn’t stable or the soil that your foundation sits on is unstable then your chimney will start to lean or bricks will crack.
Uneven, bowing or sagging floors are caused by settling support columns or sagging floor joists . When your home is built, the support structure is designed to hold whatever is on top of it. Over time unstable soil, poor support design or waterproofing issues will damage your home’s foundation which could cause your uneven floors.
Stuck windows and doors are a result of house settling and can be a sign that your home’s foundation requires repair. Doors and windows can stick, swing open after being pushed shut, or have gaps around the top and bottom when your foundation is sinking. Problems such as this are normally a result of poor soil preparation during construction or inadequate drainage around your foundation .
Floor gaps, wall gaps and gaps between your floor and baseboards are a sign that you have sagging floor joists or your house is settling. Both of these problems are safety hazards and, if left unfixed, will cause additional damage to your home.
Ground sinking near your home’s foundation indicates that you have a serious foundation problem . It may not be the first thing you notice so look for other common foundation problem signs like drywall cracks, stuck windows, house settling noises, and cracked bricks.
Drywall nail pops are small, cracked circles where the nail pulls away from the drywall or sheet rock, exposing the nail head or pushing the paint away from the wall. Drywall nail pops occur when you have house settlement . While drywall nail pops seem like nothing more than a minor annoyance, they could be a sign that your house is settling and may have other foundation issues.
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Take the first step to a safe crawl space and home by requesting your free, no obligation inspection (a $399 value) by a professional foundation repair expert at JES today! Our experts will evaluate your individual needs and propose a solution tailored to you, your home and your specific needs based upon the soil types, climate and other factors in the state of Virginia.
From our experience, we often see crawl space issues arise from moisture, condensation, and water vapor issues. We’ve also seen many sump pumps overflow, torn, thin vapor barriers, and underdeveloped jacks used to support the entire weight of a house! Remember, we’re consultants, not salesmen! We’re here to help you protect your greatest asset – your home!