A crawl space is an empty space which allows easy access to pipes and substructures underneath any building. In general, the low height of a crawl space does not allow any person to stand up. It is typically used as storage. However, this empty space can play vital roles in ensuring a comfortable climate around and inside your home.
If neglected, a crawl space can become a haven for insects, mold, mildew and moisture, which then have easy access to your home; thus making life very difficult and uncomfortable for those living there. Crawl space waterproofing is the only way to prevent the arousal of such unpleasant situations.
The air inside your home tends to move upwards as it heats up. To fill the gap, your home sucks air up from the crawl space. If the air in the crawl space is full of moisture, dust and harmful elements, then it can cause severe health problems to you and your family. It is essential to encapsulate your crawl space to keep all of this out of your home. Crawl space encapsulation, sometimes referred to a crawl space vapor barrier, is the only way to ensure pure and dry air enters the house.
A house without crawl space waterproofing is good news for mold, mildew and insects like roaches, spiders, and ants. A damp atmosphere underneath your home is a perfect condition for the growth of these insects and mildew. They can create a lot of problems in the long run. Apart from the fact that they make the whole area untidy and polluted, they can further weaken the base of your home and cause threat to the entire building. Proper waterproofing is a must to refrain from such circumstances.
Needless to say that crawl space waterproofing can also increase the resale value of your home. It is obvious that a buyer will consider buying a home that is properly maintained. A home which is equipped with water resistant crawl space keeps a healthy atmosphere around. Buyers will feel more comfortable purchasing a home that has been taken care of. It is always wise to waterproof the crawl space of your home as early as possible. The investment can pay dividends for you in the long run.
Once you decide to waterproof the crawl space of your home, it is important that you hand the job to an experienced professional. For tips on how to find a good contractor, read more here. Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing has been waterproofing crawl spaces and basements since 1965. Our experts can give you a free inspection and provide you more information about the options you have to fix your home’s unique water problems.
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This post was written by Jane Azzinaro
I have a crawlspace that is pretty big – It is about 5′ down and you could actually stand in the crawlspace. The crawlspace spans the enitre floorplan of the downstairs. The floor is concrete and not dirt. I get some water penetration. I have heard from different contractors – that my problem is anywhere from grading of land around my house, bad gutters or downspouts, or hydrostatic pressure. The water is not major – but the more I read about the situation the more I see different opinions. One contractor said encapsulation was more if you had a dirt floor. Then there is the issue – to close off vents or not? Then is it Surface water or ground water? Any insight ?