5 Reasons You Need Your Crawl Space Inspected ASAP

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by Chelsea Bowen

Sagging Crawl space support

Make no mistake, if you are experiencing an issue with your home’s crawl space, you should get it looked at ASAP. Whether you have an open dirt crawl space or you are noticing uneven floors, an issue with your crawl space influences the health of the rest of your home.

Unfortunately, home and cabin owners wait an average of 5 years (or longer!) to get their crawl space inspected. 
But, the longer you wait, the more expensive the fix will likely become. Here are five signs you need a trained foundation repair company to take a look at your craw space.

Your floors are bouncing.

When you walk across the room, does the floor seem to jiggle or bounce under the weight? There are a few potential reasons for this, including sinking crawl space supports. This issue is caused when the soil under a home is not strong enough to bear the weight of the supports – and the rest of your house along with it.

Sinking crawl space supports can be repaired by replacing the supports with steel columns that transfer the weight of your home from weak soil to strata that is able to bear the load.

There’s a slope or sag in the middle of your floors.

5 Reasons You Need Your Crawl Space Inspected ASAP - Image 2Similar to bouncing floors, if you notice your floors sloping or sagging, that could be an indication that your crawl space supports need to be checked out by a trained professional.

Sagging floors are another symptom of sinking crawl space supports. However, it could also mean the supports were placed too far apart when the home was built and more support is needed.

Something smells.

Yes, you’re reading this correctly. If you’re noticing an odor, it could be coming from your crawl space – and this could mean that the dirt is supporting mold and mildew. Wooden support beams can rot away after being exposed to wet, musty conditions for too long. If rot has already started, replacing the supports with steel beams will be the best way to ensure the problem doesn’t persist.

Your doors are sticking or jamming.

You might think a door that is jamming has an issue with its hinges or the handle. But jamming or sticking doors are actually a symptom of foundation issues.

Sticking doors can be caused by settlement in your crawl space. A foundation repair company can stabilize your foundation.

You notice cracks in interior drywall. 

Drywall cracks could look like the paint is the problem. However, if it’s coming out of the corners of door frames or other telltale places, it could indicate your crawl space is in need of repair.

If you’re experiencing one or more of the reasons above, it’s time to call DBS Residential Soltuions to inspect your crawl space. We recommend going with a trained and reputable foundation repair company for peace of mind that the issue will be fixed in a professional manner. DBS can diagnose foundation issues and offer options for crawl space encapsulation.

Book your free, no-obligation home inspection today. 

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