Typical Problems in a Crawl Space

Contributor: Aaron Goucher

Crawl Space Problems? Out of Sight. Out of Mind. So Why Consider a Complete Crawl Space Recovery?

  • Inadequate Structural Support
  • Deteriorating Wood
  • Moisture Problems that Lead to Mold, Mildew and other Environmental Problems
  • Insect and Rodent Intrusions

Let’s face it, crawl spaces are just plain nasty. Generally unusable. Serving as a breeding ground for mold and insects. In it, there are things that threaten the safety of your home. And pose health risks for your family.

Typical Problems in a Crawl Space

There are two types of common problems in your crawl space: Inadequate Structural Support and Environmental Hazards.

Inadequate Structural Support

  • Sloping or uneven floors
  • Cracks in brick, walls or block
  • Doors that stick or won’t close
  • Loose or bouncing floors

Environmental Hazards

  • Musty or stale odors or high humidity in the living area
  • Insects or rodents inside your home
  • Increased energy costs
  • Wood rot in the home’s structure
  • Standing water, mildew or poor air quality in the crawl space
  • Buckled hardwood floors
  • Condensation on air conditioning ductwork or equipment

Photos of Common Crawl Space Problem Areas

Exposed wiring in crawl space can cause electrical hazards.

Exposed insulation, when moist, can become a breeding ground for pests.

Damaged support stations result in sagging floors.

Wet crawl spaces can result in musty odor inside the home.

Damaged support posts can lead to uneven floors.

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Aaron Goucher

Aaron is a Veteran and has been in the construction industry most of his life. He joined the Olshan Team in 2002 and has served as a Certified Structural Technician, Regional Manager and General Manager. Aaron is passionate about helping homeowners in the Midwest region stabilize, waterproof and protect their homes. You can usually spot Aaron on TV or podcasts, as local media outlets often feature his advice when it comes to structural & waterproofing issues.