Is your house starting to smell because of musty water buildup? Do you notice signs of pests you’d rather never think about? You may be in need of crawlspace waterproofing!
An unsecured crawlspace leaves your home vulnerable from everything to the elements to unwanted intruders like mold and mice, so you will want to act quickly. Fortunately, at Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we have the tools to resolve these problems thoroughly and efficiently. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering a service to waterproof your crawlspace:
The Hidden Culprit of Waterproofing Crawlspaces
Most people do not think much about their crawlspaces until they notice strange smells, water where it shouldn’t be, and unusual drafts. If you have experienced any of these things recently, it might be time to take a look at what’s going on.
These things happen because crawlspaces become a magnet for moisture and water buildup. When this is ignored, it cultivates mold, water damage, and pests that can even get into other parts of the house.
Don’t feel bad if this has happened to you. Even the most experienced homeowners overlook the crawlspace from time to time. The important thing is that you are taking action now, by waterproofing your crawlspace to prevent any damage going forward.
Encapsulation is the process of sealing the crawlspace to ensure that water channels to the sump pump. As a result, water is directed away from your home.
To encapsulate a crawlspace, we employ a strong vapor barrier. That way, you can use your crawlspace for storage or storm safety without having to worry about the stench of mold or the threat of water damage. While encapsulation is not the same thing as waterproofing, it can be a significant part of the process.
Your crawlspace serves not only as an entry to things you want to keep out; it may also be serving as an exit to things you’d rather keep in. A notable example? Heat. You need that precious heat to warm up your home during those cold, snowy winters.
Fortunately, insulating a crawlspace is a straightforward process for us. We use spray foam and foam boards to prevent heat from leaving and the winter chill from sneaking in. This will surely bring those utility bills down!
Prevention is Key
Maybe up until now, you have ignored your crawlspace. Now you know that water buildup and moist air can make it a hotspot for unseen water damage, mold, or other problems that can affect your entire home. Waterproofing can keep minor problems from snowballing out of control later down the line.
It should be noted that encapsulation can be done without waterproofing, especially if you know that the crawlspace is dry. However, taking the initiative to prevent water damage could save you a fortune, which is why tackling the issue early can greatly improve your home and reduce stress.