Waterproofing the Crawl Space of Your House

The crawl space of a home may be one area of the house that is extremely vulnerable to damage, but this is also an area of the house that is frequently left unprotected. In order to protect yourself from the worst of these problems, it is possible to waterproof the crawl space so that these issues are not able to damage the property.

How Will You Know If Your Crawl Space Has Moisture Problems?

A homeowner may struggle with identifying when their crawl space is suffering from significant water problems. Unfortunately, this can allow mold and rot to form in the crawl space, which can significantly damage the home. Regularly inspecting this section of the home can be necessary for identifying these problems before they are able to cause major damage to the property. Whether you catch the water damage while it is still minor or after it has spread, the occurrence of this damage will indicate that preventive waterproofing will be required.  

Where Does the Water That Is Intruding Into the Crawl Space Come From?

A homeowner may be shocked to find that their crawl space has suffered significant water damage despite the fact that the property has not flooded. However, the moisture that is damaging the crawl space is likely from the moisture in the air that is entering the crawl space from the ground. This means that your crawl space can be at risk for water damage regardless of whether the property has flooded. However, it is possible to prevent this from occurring through effective crawl space waterproofing services.

What Do You Do to Waterproof the Crawl Space?

The process of waterproofing a crawl space will vary depending on the location of the crawl space, the amount of moisture that is entering it, and the current ventilation. For example, most crawl space waterproofing projects will involve applying a plastic or rubber film that will be able to stop the ground's moist air from being able to enter the crawl space. If the crawl space lacks good ventilation, the film may also need to be enhanced so that any moisture that does make it into the crawl space will be able to quickly evaporate and leave. This is critical for homes that have very humid air. Without good ventilation, this humidity could lead to condensation forming in the crawl space and getting trapped or taking far longer than necessary to evaporate.

To learn more, contact a crawl space waterproofing professional.