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Waterproofing The Crawlspace Under Your Home

by Marvin Gilbert

Even if you don't spend a lot of time in the crawlspace under your home, you do not want water coming in and standing in that area. The standing water can cause a lot of issues simply by being there and it could indicate a bigger problem. If you are finding water in the crawlspace under your home, taking the time to waterproof and seal out the moisture can save you from problems down the road.

Where is the Water Coming From

One of the first steps in this process is to identify where the water is coming from so that you can stop the inflow of more water. Removing the old water and sealing the foundation with a good quality sealer is key to the process working. Check the pipes under the home for leaks to be sure that the water is not coming from one that is damaged then start looking at the ground around the water to see if you can tell where the water is coming in.

Moisture Causes Mold and Mildew

One of the biggest problems with water in the crawlspace is the issue of mold and mildew. We know how dangerous mold is these days and why we need to avoid them, can you imagine having a large amount of mold growing in the home and not even know it was there. It could certainly affect the health of the family and of yourself. If there is a lot of mold under the home, you may need to hire a contractor to remove it before sealing that crawlspace. After all, you don't want to seal the problem in, you want to get the problem out.

Sealing the Foundation

In many cases, crawlspace waterproofing with a good waterproofing paint will help if the water is coming in there the foundation walls. If it is not, you will need another solution. Getting under the house to identify the sources of the water is the only way to really know what needs to be done. If you are not comfortable working under the home, hiring a contractor is a good option for you.

Installing Drains Around The Home

If the water is coming in from under the foundation, the most effective solution is to install drains around the home. Perforated pipe on a bed of gravel just under the surface of the works well to redirect the water and allow if to run off away from the home. This is a job that you may want a contractor for as there is a lot of labor and time involved but once complete, it can make a huge difference and keep that water out from under your home and out of the crawlspace.