If your home has sagging floor joists and girders, you're dealing with a problem that manifests itself throughout the entire building. A problem such as this can be caused by many possible factors, but are usually the result of three common issues:
1. Inadequate Supports: The support system under your home has too few support posts to hold up the structure.
2. Weakened Floor Joists & Girders: Moisture, rot, termites, wood-boring insects, or other destructive forces have damaged your structural wood.
3. Support Settlement: Weak supporting soils underneath the crawl space supports have caused the crawl space supports to sink into the ground.
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If Mother Nature is the cause of your damage, there can be many possible forces hard at work on your crawl space's structural wood. Determining which one you're dealing with can be difficult to do! Sometimes, a wood surface can be virtually covered in mold, but will still show little evident structural damage. In other cases, the wood may appear to be strong and untouched, while subterranean termites have hollowed the wood out from the inside. Before you can consider a permanent repair for your crawl space, you will need to address the moisture and humidity that feeds mold, rot, pests, and other unwanted forces in your crawl space. The key to this is to keep your crawl space dry, like installing a crawl space vapor barrier system.