One of the most common problems to develop in crawlspaces is dampness or humidity. Often, this is the result of poor waterproofing or of a foundation problem that allows water to leak through the foundation. If the area around your foundation is not properly protected from moisture, it could lead to water seeping through the foundation or leaking through cracks in the concrete. This creates a various array of moisture-related issues in the crawlspace, and can even lead to some structural damage to the crawlspace and the foundation. Rapid Foundation Repair of Colorado can provide services that you need to take care of moisture issues in your crawlspace.
In the crawlspace, one of the biggest issues that is associated with moisture in the crawlspace is mold growth. Because mold in the crawlspace can infect air that circulates through the rest of the home, it is important to make sure that crawlspace moisture is taken care of right away. Other issues, such as wood rot, can also cause further issues as they reduce the structural integrity of the support in the crawlspace. This can lead to foundation issues and structural issues such as a settling foundation or a sagging and uneven floor.
Look for these signs in your home to determine whether or not your crawlspace has a moisture problem:
These are all issues that result when excess moisture enters the crawlspace, and they should be fixed as soon as possible to ensure that no further damage is done in your crawlspace. To stop moisture from ruining the personal possessions in your crawlspace and causing structural damage, call Rapid Foundation Repair today.
The most widely used solution to crawlspace moisture is a waterproofing method known as crawlspace encapsulation. In this method, a plastic or foil material that is impervious to water is used to line the entire interior of the crawlspace. Not only does this seal up cracks that may have formed in the crawlspace walls and floor, but it also prevents water from diffusing through the very concrete of the foundation walls themselves.
Another solution is to use basement drainage or exterior drainage to keep water from entering the crawlspace in the first place. Basement drainage uses the gutters, downspouts, grading around the home, and various water collection devices to keep water from pooling near the foundation so that it cannot enter your home. Exterior drainage protects the foundation from groundwater by means of a waterproof membrane on the foundation walls and a drainage around the base of the foundation to carry water away.
All of these waterproofing solutions can help you ensure that your crawlspace does not become damp and humid. Call the team at Rapid Foundation Repair of Colorado for more information.
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