Roughly 60% of the breathable air in the home is circulated through the home’s crawl space. When a home’s crawl space is constantly exposed to moisture, it deteriorates, creating the perfect environment for mildew, bacteria, and mites to thrive. Crawl space mitigation is strongly suggested under these circumstances.
Indications crawl space waterproofing is necessary:
- Damp and deteriorating crawl space insulation
- Wet areas or standing water on crawl space floor
- Moldy smell or areas of visible mold growth
- Decaying or rotting wood in the crawl space
- Rusty metal surfaces
- Open vents in the crawl space
- Rodent or insect pests in the crawl space
Crawl Space Water Mitigation Techniques
Mitigating a water problem in the crawlspace begins with controlling the moisture to protect the family from mildew and mold. Crawl space waterproofing services and methods are proven to be successful with these crawl space issues.
Correcting the drainage systems around the foundation helps to keep water from leaking into the crawl space. When it is not draining away from the house, a French drain system can be installed to move water away from the exterior walls of the home. The drains divert the water away from the house, so it doesn’t flow into the crawl space.
Installing a sump pump in crawl spaces helps to remove unwanted water. It is runs periodically to remove water. Most models have backup batteries to keep it running if a power outage should occur.
Water from cracks in the home’s foundation can cause severe structural damage which can decrease the value of a home. Usually, the water seeps into the cracks in the foundation.
The crawl space water mitigation team will assess the foundation for cracks in the mortar and bricks, or concrete. Once identified, professionally patching and sealing the walls will prevent the water from seeping into the area.
Install vapor barriers provide a physical barrier that keeps moisture or water within the home’s crawl space from leaking into the home. These vapor barriers help prevent mildew or mold from growing on the ground of the crawl space that is eventually infiltrating the air in the ventilation system.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Installation of crawl space encapsulation helps to separate the outside elements from the home’s crawl space. By sealing all the vents and doors with a vapor barrier will help keep the water and moisture from entering the crawl space through the wall cracks or floor.