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Crawl Space Issues

Signs You May Need Amarillo Foundation Repair:
Crawl Space Issues

Just Because You Have A Crawl Space Doesn’t
Mean You’re Free & Clear Of Foundation Trouble!

Do you have a crawl space in your Amarillo home that is experiencing signs of failure? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Your crawl space can show a variety of symptoms that tell you it could be in trouble. On this page, we’ll look at different crawl space issues, why they occur, and how to fix them.

Let’s begin…

Reasons For Crawl Space Trouble

Crawl Space Issues 1Moisture

Moisture can be a BIG problem for crawl spaces. An inadequately ventilated crawl space will eventually experience a moisture issue—it’s not a matter of if, but when. And when this occurs, it can cause the beams of your crawl space to rot.

You may have moisture in your crawl space if you notice the following:

  • A moldy smell in your home
  • Mold and mildew in your crawl space
  • Standing water in your crawl space
  • Condensation on ductwork
  • Higher utility bills

Expansive Clay Soil

The Amarillo area has an abundance of expansive clay soil, which is soil that is prone to shrinking and swelling relating to moisture content. When the soil holds a lot of moisture, it expands. When this happens, the soil pushes on your crawl space and can cause cracks, leaks, and an unlevel home.

Likewise, shrinking soil can also cause foundation problems. When the soil shrinks, it could cause your crawl space to shift. Just like swelling soil, the end result is the same: an uneven home.

Expansive clay soil may be causing crawl space problems if you notice the following:

  • Sloping or sagging floors
  • Sticking or crooked windows and doors
  • Cracks in bricks or walls in your home
  • Tilting or leaning chimney

Poor Construction

If the floor joists and support beams of your crawl space were improperly installed, they can become misaligned or even break down. Many symptoms of poor crawl space construction are similar to the symptoms of expansive clay soil since they produce comparable problems:

  • Floors that slope or sag
  • Windows and doors that stick
  • Cracks in bricks or walls in your home
  • Tilting or leaning chimney

Possible Ways To Fix Crawl Space Trouble

If you have a moisture problem in your crawl space, it’s wise to invest in crawl space ventilation and encapsulation. That’s out of our wheelhouse at Childers Brothers, but we absolutely can fix foundation issues that result in a moisture-damaged crawl space.

For example, we can apply our exclusive soil stabilization treatment if you have expansive clay soil around your home. Our soil stabilizer essentially “waterproofs” soil molecules to make them impervious to foundation-damaging shrink/swell cycles.

We are also experts in pier and beam adjustment. We can accurately adjust piers and beams up or down depending on whether you’re experiencing settlement or upheaval. This will ensure your home is level and that each pier and beam is holding the appropriate weight load.

The Next Action To Take

If you think you’re having crawl space trouble with your Amarillo home, contact us for a free 27-Point Analysis to make sure. We’ll inspect your home and crawl space to uncover any and all problems. We’ll then review our findings with you via a video recording of the inspection.
That’s all there is to it. No sales pitch. No games. No gimmicks. Just an analysis, review, and expert recommendation. So even if you choose not to move forward with us, you’ll still have ALL the information you need to make the best decision.

Call today—we would be honored to hear from you.

Crawl Space Issues: Identifying Photos

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