Crawl Space Issues and How to Care for Them
Do you have a crawl space in your home? Waterproofing your crawl space is an essential part of properly maintaining this vulnerable home area. Without proper crawl space waterproofing, you can have major mold, mildew, and insect problems. If you want to take care of the crawl space inside of your home, here is what you need to know about waterproofing it.
Start Before You Build
If you are building a custom home, the best time to waterproof your crawl space is before your home is ever built. Study the area of land on which you want to build your custom home before you purchase it. If you are living on a portion of land that rests right above the water table, your crawl space will flood almost constantly, even if you take additional steps to protect it.
Use Exterior Drainage
Is the soil damp around your home? Is your property near a body of water, like a pond, river, or lake? You need to add additional exterior drainage to ensure a good result. All Aspects Waterproofing can install exterior drainage including a waterproofing substance placed directly on the concrete surface, gravel that is poured to the same depth as the foundation footing, and a high-quality tile drainage system around the footing. The plastic tile will be topped with additional gravel and place topsoil and sod on top.
Get Water Out of the Crawl Space
Is there standing water in your crawl space? It’s important to get it out as quickly as possible to avoid additional damage. If there is a small amount of water that is less than half an inch deep, use a sump pump with piping to take the water out of the crawl space and direct it away from the house. If you have a greater amount of water in the crawl space consistently, it’s time to investigate additional waterproofing options and check the exterior footings.
Quality You Can Trust from All Aspects Waterproofing
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 Washington, 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, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.