We know-the crawlspace under your home rarely enters your mind. It is dark and tight and a little creepy, but also essential to your life and the integrity of your home. So what happens when you find water in your crawlspace? The bad news is it is never a good sign to see or smell the moisture in your crawlspace. The good news is we have the solution!
What Causes Water in the Crawlspace?
Plumbing leaks, heavy rains, or condensation can all cause water to end up in your crawlspace. Condensation forms when warm air hits cooler surfaces like ducts and pipes and water results. While there are other reasons you may see water in your crawlspace, most cases can be connected to one of those three main issues.
Why is it So Important That My Crawlspace is Waterproof?
One of the benefits of crawlspaces over basements or slab foundations is having access to all of your home’s wiring, ductwork, and pipes. If there is a problem with your plumbing, a pipe can be easily reached instead of intense excavation to find the problem. It is the same with your HVAC system and electrical system. Knowing that those elements are exposed in a crawlspace, it only makes sense that moisture in there could cause huge problems. Whether it seeps in from outside or is a direct result of a leaking pipe, water in your crawlspace can have devastating effects and cause major damage. In addition to the damage to the systems, moisture in your crawlspace can cause high humidity that when forced upward (known as the stack effect) creeps into your living spaces and ultimately your lungs. Cooler air in winter and warmer air in summer is pulled through vents and walls causing a strain on your heating and air conditioning system and bringing mold, pests or pollen up through your house. Excess moisture and humidity is a dream come true for mold, mildew and fungus to grow. In addition to the decay and rot they bring to our homes, there are a host of other health problems triggered by mold that can range from mild to deadly. Water in your crawlspace is never a good thing and should be remedied as soon as possible.
So What Are My Options?
First, we must address the water source. Exterior waterproofing systems focused on the foundations are often the first attack on removing water. These are temporary solutions that rarely have any long term effect on blocking water. Here at Aqua-Guard, we have developed a unique crawlspace system based on the laws of physics. It is designed to intercept rising groundwater before it ever reaches the crawlspace. This ensures a permanent solution to the water problem in your crawlspace. It solves all the areas that water can penetrate your crawlspace and removes up to 60% more water than other systems.
Once you have addressed the main water source entering your crawlspace we recommend crawlspace encapsulation. This will address the humidity that causes a damp crawlspace. For years, the perceived solution to a damp crawlspace was to vent it—allowing outside air to come in. Venting to the outside can actually make the problem worse (especially during the hot, humid summers.) Crawlspace encapsulation seals off the crawlspace to all outside elements and brings the relative humidity level down. Encapsulation creates an environment where mold, mildew and fungi cannot grow. If it cannot grow in your crawlspace then it will not be there to flow upward into your homes and into your lungs. Our Closed Crawlspace System uses a high-strength floor/wall liner called “Flex Seal” to completely close off the crawlspace, ensuring that outside air, pests and pollens cannot come in.
If you happen to find water in your crawl space or that there is a constant musty smell in your home, contact us for a free estimate. Don’t forget our “Life of the Structure Warranty” which transfers from owner to owner. We stand behind our work!