Crawl Space Humidity Extremes

We have had an interesting winter so far. The first half has been mild, with periods of heavy rain. Elevated crawl space humidity levels and dew points were common inside crawl spaces well into December 2015. With 11 inches of rain falling in November, many homeowners have been complaining about standing water inside the crawl space. Recently, we have transitioned into a much cooler and drier pattern. Crawlspaces are beginning ...

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Bowing Basement Walls – Charlotte NC

 

Bowing Basement Wall – Charlotte NC

With the increased amount of rainfall we have received over the last two months, I’ve been getting several calls for Bowing basement walls.

A Bowing basement wall is typically a block wall that shows symptoms of distress from hydrostatic pressure being applied to the outside of the house from increased water penetration along the foundation. This can be a result of poor drainage, clogged gutters, grading problems, clogged foundation drains and/or or poor construction.

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Humidistat Controlled Power Vents

I did a crawl space inspection yesterday at a house in South Charlotte where I discovered a humidistat controlled power vent used by the homeowner to help control the crawlspace air quality. The unit was set on 30% Relative Humidity so the fan was running continuously sucking air out and pulling unwanted air in from the outside through the other open vents. With cooler temperatures, low humidity and dew point levels present now there is no reason for this ...

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Crawl Space Ventilation

It’s springtime! Condensation Problems and odors will soon be an

issue in Charlotte NC Crawl Spaces. Don’t Encapsulate, Ventilate!

 

Crawl space ventilation – Crawl spaces need dry air and proper ventilation. The goal of the Atmox System is to reduce moisture and humidity level in your crawl space to avoid many of the crawl space challenges that homeowners experience.

The basic principle if how the system works is to ventilate the space with fresh dry air from the outside only when it will improve the ...

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Crawl Space Waterproofing

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WATERPROOFING YOUR HOME’S CRAWL SPACE

With the Spring rains approaching, some homeowners will begin to experience ponding of water inside their crawl spaces after heavy rain events. It is important not to panic, but to focus on identifying the real problems causing these symptoms to occur.

Be careful of commissioned based sales people attempting to sell you an expensive repair that you don’t need.

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Damp Crawl Space

With the spring rains approaching, homeowners with crawlspaces will start to notice that seasonal shift from low humidity to high humidity. Dew point levels will rise, air-conditioning units are turned on, and the entire dynamic inside crawlspaces changes. Higher dew points translates into condensation buildup, tagging insulation, and condensation drip.

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I have done some inspections over the last seven days where condensation ...

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MASSERANG CONTRACTING & CONSULTING PRESS RELEASE

Masserang Contracting & Consulting issued a press release concerning the start-up of Michael Masserang’s new Foundation Repair / Basement & Crawlspace Waterproofing / and Crawl Space Air Quality contracting and consulting service based out of Concord, NC. Masserang Contracting & Consulting services covering the greater Charlotte NC area including the Piedmont and Mountains of Western North Carolina at no cost to the consumer. Read the press release here.

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Encapsulate v.s. Ventilate

It’s springtime, so it’s time to have your crawlspace inspected for condensation problems. Moisture in your home’s crawl space can introduce a multitude of problems if not resolved. High moisture in your crawlspace provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth – a earthy, musty smell that can permeate the crawlspace and invade the home. If left unchecked, the wooden structural support of your home, the joists, sub-floor and rim joists become weak ...

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Crawlspace Problems

The Carolinas feature many beautiful older homes, but these homes are often constructed on crawl spaces and lack proper ventilation. This condition fosters the growth of mold, mildew, insects and potentially larger pests. This can be detrimental to a home’s environment as the house “breathes” due to the “stack effect”, air is pulled from the crawlspace along with mold spores, odors from decomposing organic matter and dust mite fecal matter.  These conditions can aggravate persons with asthma, allergies or respiratory ...

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Foundation Problems

Consider this, your foundation is most probably on poured concrete footers formed directly into an excavated trench in the soil. Our area around the Charlotte area and the Piedmont area in general is a heavy clay based soil. Clay is classified as an “expansive soil” meaning that when it is dry, it contracts and is resistant to penetration by water, a soil condition known as “hydrophobic” or resisting water. This is what happens when we experience drought conditions and it ...

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