The Importance of Your Crawlspace
Most homeowners see a crawlspace as an unfinished area that serves little purpose in the home. However, crawlspaces serve a lot of important purposes, and if they get wet, your house runs the risk of structural damage. Water can also bring about additional issues, like mold and dry rot. To protect your home’s structural integrity, insulation, and air quality, you need to take the right steps to keep moisture and water from intruding your crawl space. At Kris Eilts Concrete and Drainage, we specialize in crawl space flooding repair for Vancouver, WA homes.
Common Crawlspace Problems
When water gets into your crawlspace, moisture in the air can cause mildew to grow in your insulation, support beams, and elsewhere due to improper ventilation. Standing water can also cause a number of structural and health hazards for your home and the people who live there. Having a mold-free and properly insulated crawlspace is crucial, not only for day-to-day habitation, but also if you plan to sell it in the future.
Signs that you need to fix your crawl space
- Flooding and Water Intrusion
- Mold Growth
- Flags From An Inspector
- Puddling Outside Near Vent Lines
- Standing Water
Encapsulation, Vapor Barrier and Sump Pumps
Almost all crawlspace flooding problems begin and end with groundwater pooling next to your foundation. Eventually, that pooling water will end up in the crawlspace as well. Having a proper rainwater drainage system will help ensure that water flows away from your crawlspace, which helps protect your home. However, the best defense is to encapsulate the space, covering every inch with a protective vapor barrier.
While they can’t stop a flooded crawlspace, vapor barriers can address all sorts of moisture issues. Sump pumps are also common devices used to prevent flooding by capturing ground water that is at risk of ending up in your crawlspace and pumping it out of the area and safely away from the house. Installing dehumidifiers is also a great way to keep the air in your home free of moisture.
What should you do if you have water in your crawlspace now?
If you are experiencing issues with water in your crawlspace now, you should contact a trained professional immediately to assess the situation. You don’t want to take water damage lightly. Especially in a place like your crawlspace, a water problem can quickly become a mold problem if not handled properly!
Let the professionals at Kris Eilts Concrete & Drainage handle the dark, confined, and dirty environment of your homes crawl space.