6 Signs that you might need a Crawlspace Vapor Barrier

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Crawlspaces are rarely visited as they are underneath your home and typically difficult to access. Having them inspected regularly is recommended as problems can exist and cause significant damage to the structure of your home. One of the most common problems found in crawlspaces is the presence of water or moisture in the air. Water can cause severe damage to a home and its foundation if left untreated. It is important to keep the crawlspace under your Nashville home dry, and a good way to protect your investment is by installing a crawlspace vapor barrier. Look for the following signs that you might need a crawlspace vapor barrier to help safeguard your home.

  1. Standing Water

Whether entering from the outside of your home through a crack or a leaky pipe, standing water can cause mold and mildew to form as well as weaken your home’s foundation. Finding the source of the water leak should help you in repairing the damage and eliminate future problems. Adding a crawlspace vapor barrier to other waterproofing treatments such as a sump pump should ensure a dry crawlspace.

  1. Sagging Floors

Since floors are typically supported by beams, when floors begin to sag, it can be a sign of water damage. As the wood absorbs water, it becomes more pliable and will, therefore, sag in unsupported areas. Other than hiring a Murfreesboro waterproofing specialist to protect your home with a crawlspace vapor barrier, you may also need to replace floor joists or add additional support if needed due to the age of the home or the amount of weight placed on the floors.  

  1. High Indoor Humidity

As the moisture in your crawlspace builds, it could increase the humidity level in your home, causing it to be higher than normal.

There are multiple signs of a high level of humidity, and below are a few of the most common:

  • Musty odors
  • Increase in allergy-like symptoms
  • Visible signs of mold and mildew on your walls
  • Paint or wallpaper that easily peels from the walls
  • Condensation on the outside of metal appliances, around pipes, or the interior of your windows
  1. Mold and Mildew

Two of the biggest culprits in contaminating the air in your home is mold and mildew as it enters your home through the air vents that run through your crawlspace causing asthma-related illnesses, allergies, or difficulties breathing. Mold and mildew easily form when warmth and water are present in your crawlspace. If you suspect mold or mildew growth or damage in your crawlspace, call Ameri Care Services, and our certified crawlspace technician in Nashville will help in the identification and removal of these damaging substances.

  1. Increased Electric Bills

Sometimes your electric bill will increase due to poor air circulation and high humidity levels in your crawlspace. Your HVAC system will be forced to run more than normal due to the high levels of humidity, therefore, increasing your electric bill. To help control the humidity levels, your certified HVAC technician in Murfreesboro could install a crawlspace vapor barrier, which should reduce the amount of electricity your HVAC system will need to heat and cool your home properly.

  1. Unusual Musty Odors

Any time you smell musty odors from your crawlspace, it is not normal and needs to be inspected. The musty smell may indicate the presence of water or moisture in the air. When you notice the musty odor, call Ameri Care Services, and we will have a certified technician in Nashville come inspect your crawlspace and offer options like a crawlspace vapor barrier to keep the musty odors at bay.

Crawlspace Waterproofing in Nashville and Murfreesboro

We recommend annual crawlspace inspections to ensure you don’t run into a moisture problem in your crawlspace. If, however, we detect a high level of moisture in your crawlspace, we will recommend the best solution to fit your needs. Protect your biggest investment today by calling Ameri Care Services at (615) 893-7111.