Crawl Space Waterproofing Repair Mistakes to Avoid
Crawl Space Waterproofing
It can be a challenge ensuring that your home is not only safe but also provides a healthy environment for your family. Things can get worse when you have to deal with moisture problems in the crawl space.
Just because your crawl space was waterproofed before doesn’t mean that it will remain dry forever. You may experience problems that will require you to seek crawl space waterproofing repair services. If this is the case, be sure to avoid the following:
Adding vents to your crawl space
Some people believe that in order to eliminate the moisture in a crawl space that has already been encapsulated, they should add more vents. They believe that this will help to force air out of the crawl space. However, this is not how humid air acts. The humid air instead moves upward into the home.
The best solution to a damp crawl space is ensuring total and complete encapsulation. This will keep moisture out.
Insulating a damp crawl space with fiberglass
Some people think that insulating a crawl space will help to keep the moisture away. While fiberglass is great for insulating the home, it absorbs water. If you use fiberglass in a damp crawl space, it will absorb moisture that will result in the growth of mold and mildew. It will also encourage the proliferation of bacteria. The moisture absorbed by the fiberglass may also cause rot to the wooden structures in the crawl space.
Applying spray foam in a damp crawl space
When you have a moisture problem in your home, spray foam can help to deal with the problem. However, this is not the case for a damp crawl space. The spray foam will instead trap the moisture between itself and the wall. This will result in moisture build up, wood rot and the growth of mold. It is a sure way to destroy your foundation.
Using a vapor barrier to cover the floor joists
Crawl space encapsulation ensures no moisture enters the crawl space. This involves covering the crawl space floor and sides with vapor barriers. Some people go as far as covering the floor joists. This however, results in condensation being trapped between the vapor barrier and the floor joists. The result is wood rot or the growth of fungi.
Be sure to contact a professional contractor for crawl space waterproofing repair. This will ensure that the repair is done right and offers long term benefits.