Most of us don’t spend much time in our crawlspace. We probably don’t even think about it until there is an issue under there. When you are thinking of home improvement projects, waterproofing your crawl space is most likely not on the top of your list. However, crawlspace waterproofing can help with a number of problems that you wouldn’t think can originate in your crawlspace.
Crawlspace Waterproofing Can Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
Did you know that about 60 percent of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawlspace? The air under your home gets pushed up and circulates throughout your home. If you have noticed a musty smell that you can’t seem to get rid of then you have a problem with crawl space moisture.
A damp crawl space is the perfect habitat for mold growth. Once mold sets in the spores spread through that same air that is being pushed up through your crawlspace. This can be especially dangerous for people with a mold allergy or compromised immune systems.
Helps Eliminate Pests
A dark and damp crawl space is the perfect home for all sorts of bugs, rodents, and other pests. Once they make a home in your crawl space they will start eating any organic material, such as the wooden support beams of your home. They will eventually find a way into your home and it will be even harder to get rid of them. Crawlspace waterproofing is not a pest elimination solution. However, it will take away the habitat and food sources which will make your home much less appealing. You may find that after you waterproof your crawl space that you will not have to go to such extreme pest elimination methods.
Added Storage Space and Value
A waterproofed crawlspace is a great place for extra storage. Instead of an unusable space under your home, crawlspace waterproofing can make that space a useful and valued part of your home. If you decide to sell your home, a waterproof crawl space can add to your home value.
It can also help with your energy costs. Damp air is harder to cool in the summer, making your HVAC system work harder. In the winter any heat in your crawlspace can escape the same way that water gets in. By waterproofing your crawl space you will improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling unit and keep your warm and cool air in your home.
Your crawlspace is part of your foundation, and water can lead to water damage and all of the structural issues that can cause. Damage to your foundation is one of the most expensive repairs you will have to deal with. With crawlspace waterproofing you can prevent water damage before it starts. At HS Restoration we have seen just how destructive water damage can be. We offer free estimates on all of our waterproofing services so you don’t have to worry about any surprises. Let our experts take a look at your crawl space and discuss what is right for you. Don’t wait until water damage sets in, give us a call today!