Crawl Space Waterproofing
If you live in an area with high humidity or high levels of rainfall, you are likely to experience crawl space water problems. While you may be tempted to ignore that space beneath your house that doesn’t seem to be so important, you may want to think about the internal environment of your home.
While you may not think much of your crawl space, it is an important part of your home. It is not only the foundation of your home but also affects the internal environment of your home. If your crawl space is infested with mold, then your whole home is in danger of an infestation.
Crawl space waterproofing is the best way to ensure that you have a healthy and clean crawl space. The following tips will help to improve the success of your waterproofing efforts.
- Inspect the perimeter of your home
Crawl space waterproofing involves much more than simply shutting your crawl space off from the external environment. It is important to ensure that the perimeter drainage system guides water away from the crawl space. It is also important to ensure that the landscape slopes away from the crawl space. Taking care of both of these will ensure that water does not collect in or near the crawl space.
- Repair cracks in the foundation
Are there any cracks in the crawl space? Cracks are a natural occurrence in foundations as the house settles. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t a danger. Cracks should be dealt with in order to prevent moisture problems.
It is important to have a waterproofing contractor examine the cracks and determine the best repair method to use.
- Install a sump pump
If you live in an area with especially heavy rainfall, a sump pump would be a great investment. Water can easily build up in a crawl space especially during a storm. It is helpful to have a sump pump that can remove the water from the crawl space and prevent flooding.
- Invest in a dehumidifier
Water intrusion is not the only source of problems in a crawl space. You also need to consider moisture in the air especially in humid climate. Moisture can result in problems such as mold infestations. It is therefore important to invest in a dehumidifier. This will help to keep moisture in the crawl space under control.
These tips will help to keep your crawl space dry and healthy for the long term.