If you have a crawlspace, you need to invest in crawlspace waterproofing. This will ensure that you maintain a healthy environment within your home. It will also safeguard the structure of your home. The following tips will help keep your crawl space dry.
- Create adequate drainage
Adequate drainage will ensure that water from runoff will not collect within your crawl space. Begin by ensuring that the landscape is properly graded. It should not slope toward the crawlspace. The slope should be 0.5 inches per foot away from the crawlspace.
Ensure that gutters are clean and adequate for collecting rain water from the roof. The downspouts should drain away from the foundation into the main drain and not dump water at the foundation.
- Cover the floor of the crawlspace
This is something that many homeowners overlook. Moisture can enter the crawl space through an exposed floor. The exposed floor will also allow hazardous soil gases such as radon gas to penetrate the crawl space and into the house above. It is therefore important to ensure that the crawl space floor is covered.
You can choose to use a moisture barrier or vapor barrier. Ensure that the barrier used is resistant to water penetration as well as the penetration of soil gases.
- Invest in a dehumidifier
It is important to ensure that humidity levels within the crawl space remain low. This is possible using a dehumidifier.
Be sure to invest in a dehumidifier that is large enough to adequately control the levels of humidity in the crawl space. You don’t want to have to run the dehumidifier for several hours before you see results. You also don’t want to spend a lot of money on a commercial grade dehumidifier when a smaller and less expensive model can achieve the same results.
- Close off the crawl space
This is known as encapsulation. Many contractors will recommend encapsulating your crawl space if you want to ensure that it stays clean and dry for the long term. Encapsulating the space creates a clean and dry space that you can use to store items that you don’t need to use for a long while.
- Hire a professional
The best way to ensure that crawlspace waterproofing works is by hiring a professional with experience working with crawl spaces. They should have worked on crawl spaces in your area and have a good understanding of how water affects crawl spaces.