Maintaining a healthy home is essential for many reasons. Two of the most important reasons are the overall soundness of your property and the health of you and your family.
With these factors so closely correlated, it’s important to look over sensitive areas in your home like your foundation, crawl space, basement, and any concrete areas.
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What Causes Poor Home Health?
Poor home health can be caused by a number of things. Luckily, if any issues arise with your home’s health, many are quickly noticeable and most of the time repairable.
For example, if you notice foundation settlement or large cracks in your concrete slabs, this could cause an issue for the overall health of your home if it’s not caught and taken care of quickly.
Additionally, moisture or dampness in your crawl space or basement can lead to mold, potentially affecting your health and that of your family. To avoid these issues, you should regularly inspect your home for any signs of damage.
If you’re unsure of where to start when inspecting your home, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve created this home health checklist to help you better prepare your property.
How Can I Maintain a Healthy Building?
Your home’s health starts from the ground up. This means that your foundation, crawl space, or basement are some of the first things you should take a look at when something starts to go wrong with your home.
For example, since air flows upward from your basement or crawl space, your property’s lower level determines the air quality for the rest of your home. If there are issues within the lower level of your home, there may be issues with the air quality in the upper levels of the property.
Similarly, if there are any issues or cracks within your foundation, this could allow unwanted pests, insects, and moisture into your home.
If you want to maintain your home’s overall health, it’s important to start from the ground up. When you have a healthy foundation, basement, or crawl space, you have a healthy home.
Your building’s overall structure or foundation is one of the most important aspects of its overall health. If underlying issues within your foundation are never found or resolved, you may be subject to irreversible damage.
While looking through your home, pay close attention to any of these potential foundation problems:
- Nail pops
- Wall and floor gaps
- Uneven floors
- Drywall cracks
- Sticking doors or windows
- Bowed basement walls
- Flood damage
- Cracked chimney
- Sinking foundation
- Foundation settlement
- Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or stair-step wall cracks
- Cracked bricks
- Cracked block foundation
- Concrete cracks
If you are experiencing one or more of these problems within your property, it’s important that you get your free inspection done by your local experts.
Crawl Space Health
When it comes to the health of your entire home, damage in your crawl space should never go unrepaired. If unnoticed, issues can make their way into the upper levels of your home.
Look for these signs of damage in your home’s crawl space:
- Water in your crawl space
- Floor joist issues
- Wood rot
- Wet crawl space insulation
- Foundation cracks
- Open crawl space vents
- High indoor humidity
- Sagging floors
- Unpleasant odors
- Poor air quality
- Rodent or insect issues
- High electric bills
Crawl space damages can have a negative impact on your entire home and its occupants. When issues like mold, poor air quality, and pest infestations pop up, they have the potential to put you and your family’s health at risk.
Notice one or more of these signs in your home’s crawl space? It’s time to get it inspected by local experts today.
Similar to a crawl space, the health of your basement is vital to the overall health of your property. Although your basement may not be as sensitive as a crawl space, it’s still important to monitor the area and regularly check for any problems or damages that may arise.
Some of the most common basement damages include:
- Poor drainage
- Musty basement smell
- Leaking water heater
- Leaking basement windows
- Leaking in basement cove
- Sump pump issues
- Swelling or warped doors
- Water stains on the walls or floors
- Wet walls
- Wet floors
- Wet carpet
- Wet drywall
- Condensation on windows or doors
If your home is experiencing any of these problems, it may be time to waterproof your basement. Without waterproofing your basement, your home can experience harmful damages that can take effect on the rest of your home.
Along with that, moisture and mold can create respiratory issues for you and your family if it’s not taken care of promptly.
Home Concrete Health
Finally, it’s vital that you check your property for any cracking, sinking, or uneven concrete slabs. Not only are they a tripping hazard, but they can also be linked to drainage issues within your property and your home’s structural stability.
If you have any of these concrete areas on your property, you should inspect them for any damage:
- Basement floor
- Pool deck
Issues with your home’s concrete slabs and foundation can cause issues for your whole property. To avoid any irreversible damages, reach out to your local foundation experts at FSM for help with basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair, and concrete lifting and stabilization.