The crawlspace of your home is not an area you probably check out very often. When we think of our crawlspace, we most likely think of a dark and damp area that has bugs, debris, and dirt. Since it seems to serve no purpose other than easy access to our plumbing, why should we bother with waterproofing it? There are quite a few surprising reasons why you should consider crawlspace waterproofing for your home.
What is Crawlspace Waterproofing?
Crawlspace waterproofing is essentially what it sounds like. A technician inspects your crawlspace and determines where water might be getting in. Many times, the reason there is water in your crawlspace is due to poor drainage. They might install a better drainage system and a sump pump to direct rainwater away from your foundation. The crawlspace is then sealed with a protective covering that is extremely durable and waterproof. In some instances, a dehumidifier will also be installed to keep moist air out of your crawlspace.
Every crawlspace is different and will require different techniques to keep the water and moisture out. At HS Restoration, our technicians are trained for any type of crawlspace scenario and will help you come up with the best solution for your home.
Why Do I Need Crawlspace Waterproofing?
If you have a crawlspace, then you most likely need crawlspace waterproofing. Most crawlspaces are damp, which encourages rot, mold, and attracts pests. Did you know that about 60 percent of the air in your home is from your crawlspace?
When you waterproof your crawlspace, you are eliminating the moisture that can rot away your support beams. This will also keep mold out from under your home, which will help cut down the allergens and mold spores in the air of your home. Finally, when you seal off your crawlspace from moisture, you take away the cozy environment and the food supply for pests. If you have a bug or rodent problem, this will significantly help.
Another bonus of crawlspace waterproofing is it can help lower your heating and cooling costs. This is because it is harder to heat or cool moist air. By controlling the moisture in the air of your crawlspace, your HVAC unit will not have to work as hard to keep the air at a comfortable temperature. This can also save you maintenance costs by preventing overuse of your system. Since crawlspace waterproofing helps eliminate dust and mold under your home, it can also help your air filter as well.
Once their crawlspace is sealed, many homeowners use it as an extra storage space. It becomes a functional part of your home and makes it much easier to perform maintenance under there.
Waterproofing your crawlspace is not one of the most glamourous of home improvement projects, but the benefits are well worth it. At HS Restoration, we handle basement and crawlspace waterproofing, water damage repair, and more. Let us help you determine if crawlspace waterproofing is right for you – give us a call today!