Your basement is not the only place that water can cause problems. Excess moisture or water in the crawlspace can also be a problem for homeowners in Colorado. Because you probably do not frequent your crawlspace as much as some of the other parts of your home, this problem may go unnoticed for a long time. It is important to get into the habit of examining your crawlspace for any signs of a moisture problem. Since much of the air that you breathe actually comes from your crawlspace, any mold that results from moisture in this area can affect the air quality throughout your home. In addition to this, a wet crawlspace can detract from the structural stability of your home, since it is part of the foundation and supports the entire structure.
The best way to solve a wet crawlspace problem is to first look for symptoms of excess moisture and figure out what is causing the problem. Common symptoms include:
If the water problem in your home is not obvious enough, check for these less noticeable signs. Often, crawlspace water problems result from water pooling around the foundation. When water is allowed to collect in puddles close to your foundation, it will eventually start to seep through the concrete, causing the foundation to crumble and moisture to enter the crawlspace. Cracks in your foundation can also lead to a wet crawlspace, as water can easily leak through foundation cracks.
If you want to prevent moisture from making its way into your crawlspace, your best bet is to have a vapor barrier installed. Vapor barriers are made of plastic or foil, and are designed to stop the diffusion of water vapor through your basement walls. These barriers are applied to the interior surface of the crawlspace - walls, floor, and ceiling - to create a seal that stops moisture from entering the area. The installation of a vapor barrier is called crawlspace encapsulation.
Another measure that you can take to keep water out of your crawlspace is installing a basement drainage or surface drainage system. This system is made to keep water from pooling around your home so it does not have the chance to enter your crawlspace or basement. The gutters catch rain water before it can form puddles. The water is then carried through the downspouts away from your home. Other parts of the system, such as the grading of the ground around your home and catch basins underground help to drain away water that may collect in low spots. Exterior drainage and interior drainage may also keep your crawlspace dry.
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