The crawlspace is one of the most neglected areas of many homes. This is why damp, humid crawlspaces are such a huge problem for many homeowners in Tennessee. This area, however, is vital to the home, as it helps to support the weight of the entire structure. To keep your crawlspace healthy, invest in waterproofing services from Ground Up Builders Inc. We offer solutions for your damp, humid crawlspace that are both affordable and effective. Contact our team today for more information on how we can help keep your crawlspace dry and healthy.
The moisture problems in crawlspaces are usually caused by water seepage through cracks in the foundation, or through the porous concrete of the foundation itself. When water vapor seeps through the foundation, it leads to a damp crawlspace, and also weakens the concrete in the foundation. This leaves the foundation more susceptible to problems such as foundation cracks, and crumbling or flaking foundations. Water seepage can be the result of surface water or groundwater. When surface water pools around the foundation of your home, it may find its way into the crawlspace by seeping through concrete or leaking through tiny foundation cracks. Groundwater can also seep through the foundation, leading to a damp crawlspace.
Crawlspace moisture is a serious issue, and can lead to health problems for you and your family, such as the growth of crawlspace mold and mildew. The air that you breathe throughout the home comes from the crawlspace; if mold is infecting the air in your crawlspace, it will infect the air throughout the home. Look for these signs of a damp crawlspace in your home:
If you see any of these symptoms in your home, it is time to call a waterproofing expert from Ground Up. We can provide you with solutions to keep your crawlspace dry and healthy.
The best way to prevent crawlspace moisture issues is with a waterproofing method called crawlspace encapsulation, or wall encapsulation. In this method, a vapor barrier is installed all along the interior surface of the crawlspace. This vapor barrier, made of a water retardant material such as plastic or foils sheeting, helps keep moisture from entering the crawlspace. It works by resisting the diffusion of water vapor through the porous concrete of the foundation. This means that water vapor cannot seep through the concrete and enter the crawlspace. Install a vapor barrier in your home to seal out crawlspace moisture.
Other waterproofing methods include surface drainage, exterior drainage, and exterior waterproofing. Surface drainage and exterior drainage work to prevent water pooling and keep groundwater away from the foundation, reducing the chances of water seepage. Exterior waterproofing methods involve installing a waterproof membrane and drainage board on the foundation walls to keep water from getting to the concrete.