Identifying a Problematic Home Foundation
Crawl spaces are a ubiquitous feature in most coastal and low-lying homes in the U.S. With increasing floods in the country, more homes are beset with the problem of moisture leakage into these spaces and this can be a nightmare for every homeowner.
Dangers of Crawl Space Moisture
Without appropriate crawl space waterproofing, surface and ground water will eventually find its way here and the consequences are debilitating. For starters, there will be damage to wooden joists supporting the foundation which jeopardizes your precious home.
What’s more, with moisture presence, mold and mildew will grow unabated. With time, mold spores will be blown indoors causing health complications especially among kids. Rodents and other pests will also get a favorable nest due to availability of moisture which decreases your home’s value.
How Not to Waterproof Your Crawl Space
To avoid all these problems, you need to invest in waterproofing. Over the years, homeowners have come to rely on DIY advice and in the process; they believe their homes are well protected while they are in fact sitting on a time bomb.
If you have tried a DIY project, it is highly likely you have made some of these grave errors and it is time to learn about them before calling in a professional foundation contractor to remedy the problem:
- Ventilating your crawl space:It is a contentious point but the fact remains that with more vents, you allow more warm air which will then condense and exacerbate the moisture problem.
- Stapling barriers to wooden joists:Just because a vapor barrier is supposed to be water resistant doesn’t mean it can be installed on any surface. Stapling it on wooden joists means all the water which condenses during summer will come into contact with the wooden joists leading to rotting.
- Waterproofing without remediation:If the crawl space walls are leaking, installing a vapor barrier is not enough. Instead, you should first deal with the underlying moisture problem before insulating the rest of the space.
- Ignoring expert advice:You might have seen DIY kits in the stores but they are not as effective. A contractor knows how to diagnose the moisture problem and then recommend the best crawl space waterproofing technique for your property. They have the prerequisite tools and skills to handle the project safely and conveniently.
- Ignoring drainage:Most crawl space and basement water problems arise due to poor surface drainage. However effective your vapor barrier is supposed to be, it will be only a matter of time before it caves in if drainage issues are not addressed.
- Using fiberglass for waterproofing:This outdated method only exacerbates the problem as it soaks moisture, becomes damp and falls off again exposing your crawl space. Why risk your family and your home through these oversights? Call in a contractor to have the correct crawl space waterproofing methods applied.