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Why Choose Atlas Foundation & Crawlspace?
For years now we have been fixing foundations, crawlspaces, and basements throughout East Tennessee. Whatever the problem is in those areas we have the experience and the products needed to provide the right solution.
The goal of our work is to avoid any unnecessary and costly work down the line, while creating a healthier livings space. You save money up front with our honest work and over the long term with a more energy-efficient home. As an added benefit at the end of our project, you will have additional storage space in your home.
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We offer the highest level of protection for you, the homeowner, through our extended warranty.
Crawl Space Repair
There are two main options for most residential foundations: Crawl Space or Concrete “Slab”. Crawl Space foundations are most common on older homes but are still used for new builds because of their ease of build and lower financial entry to construct than Slab. Unfortunately, most develop or simply start from initial construction, even still today, with major moisture problems protruding through the dirt, walls, and even the crawl space ventilation from the higher outside humidity. Contractor-grade crawl spaces with loose laid vapor barriers should no longer exist, but contractors and developers are still constructing subpar industry standard crawl spaces. It has been proven that vented only crawl spaces are bad and in many regions and seasons they can be the direct culprit to high humidity in your Crawl Space.
Fortunately, Crawl Space Encapsulation has been scientifically proven by “Building Science Corporation” to virtually eliminate your moisture problems. The research is resoundingly clear: a fully encapsulated and conditioned Crawl Space will dramatically promote energy efficiency, healthier air quality, and comfort in your home—plus it adds additional storage and protects your home’s structure.
If you have any of these problem signs, call us for a full professional grade inspection and we can give you guidance on what is best to do next.
Problem Signs Inside the Home
Drywall Cracks on the Inside of Your House
If you don’t already, it is wise to periodically inspect the entirety of your walls, including ceiling, throughout your home. Any sign of cracks or even shifting of drywall of any degree could be a sign that your crawl space needs some attention.
Uneven and/or Swelling Floors
Have you ever stubbed a toe… from a raised floor board or a swell in your floor? Well that raise most likely is causing far more problems below your feet in your crawl space than a stubbed toe. It’s a sign that there is a good chance you have severely high levels of humidity in your crawl space.
Foul Odors in the Home
Does something smell…off in your home? Maybe musty, stale, and/or stagnant? Don’t ignore those smells because they are a telltale sign of an overly wet crawl space, and has been for long enough to produce odors. Many don’t know that the majority of homes air circulation originates in and is being pulled from their crawl space.
Heightened Allergies or Asthma Symptoms
You’re inside during your off season for allergies but still having sinus problems? Or maybe headaches, pressure, and itchy/watery eyes? Well that could mean you’ve got mold growing in your crawl space. Possibly those foul odors were allowed for too long and progressed into something worse.
Above Average Humidity in the Home
When is the last time you checked the percentage of humidity inside your home? We can do that for you of course but if you do check it yourself and it is often above 50% humidity… your crawl space very likely could be the culprit. If you are above 50% in your house your crawl space is most likely higher, and molds and wood rot begin to attack at 60% humidity.
High Energy Bill
Have you ever asked yourself… why is my electric bill always so high? The higher the moisture content in the air the higher amount of energy needed to heat or cool it. We’d rather you save that money and fix the source of the problem sooner rather than later.
Problem Signs Inside the Crawl Space
Do you already have wood rot in your crawl space? If so immediate action needs to be taken to secure your homes infastructure to protect your family and investment, as well as remediation to prevent the rot from happening again.
There are many kinds of mold and they aren’t difficult to spot. No one wants to nor should be breathing it in. If its already in your crawl space then that means you’re already breathing it in inside your home. Please do not delay to give us a call. We will completely remove it and prevent it from ever coming back.
Back before we new better, the standard for crawl spaces were to throw in some vents in the exterior walls and slap fiberglass batt insulation up between the floor joists. If you see drooping or falling insulation then that means it’s saturated with far to much moisture from very high humidity levels.
Standing Water in Your Crawlspace
Insect & Rodent Pests
High Humidity in Your Crawlspace
As the humidity levels rise in crawl spaces above 50%, moisture condensates on the surfaces, leading to all of the serious problems we’ve listed above. These problems can lead to health issues and the need for expensive repairs.
As crazy as it sounds, many companies do not start at the source of where the water is coming from. They simply try to only seal it out. We start by inspecting and addressing the source such as Roof runoff, Downspout correction, exterior french drains, and proper yard drainage. Then we remove all water from the crawl space and lower the humidity to healthy levels so we can properly begin the following stages.
Side note: When are you at the greatest chance to have flooding in your crawl space? And when are you at the greatest chance of loosing power in your home? That is why we also recommend a battery backup for your sump pump.