Many homeowners don’t give much thought to their crawl spaces. The crawl space is often an unfinished area under your house that is usually too small to serve as functioning space. However, that does not mean you can neglect your crawl space. This structural feature serves the critical purpose of lifting your house off the ground to help prevent flooding and insect invasions. When your crawl space is unsealed, it can become damp and musty, a breeding ground for mold and pests. Let’s go over some reasons why you should waterproof your crawl space.
Improves Air Quality
When your crawl space is open to the elements, unwanted contaminants can find their way into your home. For instance, up to 60% of the air inside your home comes from your crawl space. If that air is damp or moldy, it can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues. If any toxic gases like radon enter your home, you will have more serious health problems.
If your crawl space is extremely humid, it can affect the temperature throughout the rest of your home, making it too cold or too hot. This forces homeowners to use the heat or air conditioner more often just to stay comfortable. Waterproofing keeps your crawl space cool and dry, so it keeps the indoor temperature stable. As a result, you save on energy costs by reducing the need to run your HVAC system.
Protects the Home’s Structural Integrity
When moisture is found in the crawl space, it can damage drywall and cause rotted wood and rusted metal and provide a perfect environment for pests, termites, and mold. All these harmful elements can cause your home’s foundation to deteriorate and result in hazardous conditions. Waterproofing this space will ensure that this won’t happen and that your home is safe and secure.
Prevents Water Leakage
Sealing your crawl space also helps prevent water from leaking and causing problems. Water is a significant concern when it comes to basements and crawl spaces. If left unaddressed, the space can fill with water. You may think you can eliminate water by pumping it out. However, the water has already begun to seep through cracks in the foundation floor and walls. Water in these areas can cause issues. Waterproofing with the correct drainage system, sump pump, and moisture barrier will help address it effectively.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing for Basement Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.