Your home’s crawl space may be out of sight, don’t let it be out of mind. What goes on in your crawl space affects both your home’s structural integrity and the air quality inside your home.
What is a Crawl Space?
A crawl space foundation raises a home from 1.5 to 4 feet off the ground. The area underneath the home is called the crawl space, and it’s just roomy enough to crawl around in. Crawl spaces provide easy access to the home’s electrical wiring and plumbing. However, because crawl space floors are dirt, they’re susceptible to water infiltration, insects, rodents, and mold growth.
Water will find its way into your basement through any small crack it can find. Don’t let a damp and humid basement cause you to experience all of the unpleasant consequences that it causes. If you see water in your basement, this is an obvious sign of a damp basement. However, there are other indications that you may have a humid basement. Some of the things to be aware of are:
If you have a moist basement, let the professionals at AMC911 Crawl Space & Foundation Repair come and give you a free estimate and offer you the best solutions for your waterproofing needs.
A Wet Crawl Space Is a Petri Dish
Crawl spaces are full of mold, wood rot, mildew, pests, droppings that could contain dangerous pathogens, and various other nasty things. As if that weren’t enough, what goes on in the crawl space doesn’t stay in the crawl space. A certain percentage of air from your crawl space makes its way into your home’s living area via the stack effect. If that air is full of allergens, people living in the home could get sick. This is why you don’t want water in your crawl space. You want a clean, dry crawl space beneath your home.
Problems caught early are less expensive to fix, and this applies to your crawl space as well. Your crawl space may be out of sight, don’t let it be out of mind. Get in the habit of inspecting your crawl space at least twice a year.
Crawl Space Waterproofing: A 3-Step Process
1. Install a drain tile system
The first step involves installing a drain tile system. When waterproofing a crawl space or basement, a drain tile system is a gold standard. Instead of merely putting up a barrier to keep water out, a drain tile system prevents water from building up in the soil around the foundation. Any excess water in the soil gets channeled toward a sump pit and ejected away from the foundation via a sump pump.
2. Encapsulate the crawl space
The next step is to cover the ground and the crawl space walls with a thick vapor barrier. This seals off the crawl space from the dirt floor and protects the crawl space’s wooden structures from moisture.
3. Add a dehumidifier
Installing a dehumidifier is the final step. This keeps the crawl space as dry as possible. A waterproofed and encapsulated crawl space with a dehumidifier can be used for storage.
If you think your home’s crawl space might need waterproofing and you’re in our service area – Greater Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and surrounding areas) – contact us today for a free inspection and estimate.