For homeowners with a crawlspace foundation, it is very important to make sure that the crawlspace is properly maintained. Keeping your crawlspace safe, dry, and healthy will lead to an overall healthier home. One of the biggest issues for homeowners with a crawlspace is the growth of mold and mildew. This means that there is a moisture issue in your crawlspace, which can cause major structural damage and lead to several different health problems. If you are looking for a solution to take care of the mold and mildew in your crawlspace, contact the water management team at Ground Up Builders Inc. as soon as possible.
Moisture in the crawlspace is the result of excess surface water or groundwater around your home. This water can enter the crawlspace by leaking through cracks in the foundation and foundation walls, or by seeping through the porous concrete of the foundation itself. This crawlspace water seepage and leakage can occur with both surface water, which pools around the surface of the foundation, and excess groundwater in the soil around the foundation walls. Once the water enters your crawlspace it can result in harmful water damage and moisture issues, including the particularly harmful growth of crawlspace mold and mildew.
Signs that your crawlspace may have a moisture problem that makes it susceptible to mold and mildew growth include:
These may be signs of mold growth in your crawlspace. Crawlspace mold is dangerous because it could infect the air in your crawlspace; this air makes up much of the air that is cycled through the rest of your home. This means that if the air in your crawlspace is infected with mold and mildew, the air that you and your family breathe throughout your entire home may be infected with harmful mold spores! If you see any symptoms of a wet crawlspace, call us right away.
Ground Up Builders offers a variety of effective and affordable waterproofing solutions to take care of the mold in your crawlspace. To keep moisture from entering your crawlspace in the first place, invest in the surface drainage, exterior drainage and waterproofing systems from Ground Up Builders. The surface drainage systems, consisting of the gutters, downspouts, and grading around the home, are designed to prevent water from collecting and pooling around the foundation. Exterior waterproofing and drainage take it a step further, utilizing a waterproof membrane, drainage board, catch basins, drywells, and drain pipes to reduce the amount of groundwater around your foundation.
Perhaps one of the best ways to keep moisture out of the crawlspace is with a method called crawlspace encapsulation. This waterproofing technique involves installing a water retardant material, known as a vapor barrier, all along the walls and interior surface of the crawlspace. This vapor barrier seals moisture out of the crawlspace by preventing the diffusion of vapor through the concrete. If the water vapor is not able to seep through the concrete, it cannot enter the crawlspace to cause issues such as mold growth.
For these and other solutions to take care of the mold problem in your crawlspace, contact us today. Our team is dedicated to giving residents of the Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN area quality basement waterproofing solutions.