A crawlspace that is consistently damp or wet can be a nightmare. With dampness come problems such as the growth of mold and mildew, which are associated with allergies and musty odors. In addition, high humidity in the crawlspace is conducive for the survival of various types of house mites that are associated with a number of allergens. Further, having a damp or wet crawlspace also means that you are likely to have higher energy bills since humid air is more difficult to heat or cool.
To avoid all the above problems, you need to waterproof your crawlspace. Crawl space waterproofing will help you address the problem of water or moisture getting into the crawlspace and making it damp all the time. Here are 4 things that you need to do with crawl space waterproofing.
- Install proper drainage facilities to keep water out of the crawlspace
It is important to ensure that the area surrounding the foundation of your building is well drained to prevent water from seeping into the crawlspace. Your contractor will improve the drainage of your home with crawl space waterproofing by ensuring that gutters and downspouts are well fitted to direct water away from the foundation.
It is also important to excavate the soil that surrounds the foundation and install drainage facilities. Installations such as French drains will ensure that water is always channeled away from the crawlspace.
- Install a sump pump
Installing a sump pump is also one of the ways to keep your crawlspace dry. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, a sump pump will help ensure that any floodwater that enters the crawlspace is pumped out as quickly as possible.
- Repair foundation cracks
Foundation cracks are one of the main ways through which water seeps into the crawlspace. If cracks are left unrepaired, they are likely to expand and allow more to water to seep through, leading to further foundation damage. Repairing cracks not only helps seal the wall but also reduces the possibility of more cracks appearing.
When sealing cracks, it is important to work on the interior and exterior sections of the crawlspace. The aim is to make the crawlspace walls as impermeable as possible so that the walls don’t allow the passage of water and moisture from the surrounding soil.
- Install a dehumidifier
It is also important to install a humidifier. This is a piece of equipment that removes moisture from the air, thus ensuring that the air within the crawlspace has the right level of humidity.
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