Have you discovered signs of water in your house’s crawl space? Did you know that there are waterproofing systems specifically designed for crawl spaces? If your crawl space has signs of flooding then you should act fast. Water and heavy moisture in the crawl space can cause many problems for homeowners. From mold and mildew, to structural damage and even “spongy” floors above the crawl space. The damage will continue to get worst and cost you significantly more to repair.
Causes of a leaky crawl space
Heavy rains can cause sewer systems to be back up to your basement. As a result, the sewage may come up to the surface through the drain and into your crawl space. This can also happen when sewer lines are clogged.
Leaky or damaged pipes running through the crawl space is a very common cause. Burst frozen pipes in the winter can flood your crawlspace quickly.
The slope of the ground around your house should lead the water away from the crawl space. Poor grading can result in water pooling around your foundation walls and finding its way into your crawl space.
Suggested crawl space waterproofing solutions
Install A Perimeter Drain System
The water coming up from the crawl space floor and leaking from your foundation walls can be collected by the perimeter drain system and guided to the sump pump. A perforated pipe is then installed in the trench, covered with gravel to assist with drainage
Install A Submersible Sump Pump
There are specific sump pump products designed for use in a crawl space and this is an investment than can save you a lot of money in the future.
Crawl space sump pumps are compact size which is ideal for the often low ceiling height in a crawl space. Choose a submersible system (which operates while underwater in the sump pit.
Encapsulate The Crawl Space
Once you have address the sources of water, the next step is to protect your crawl space by installing a vapor barrier that will keep moisture out. The best barrier is a Reinforced Polyethylene plastic film that that can last for over 25 years and is the most durable solution.
If you have a leaky crawl space then contact Interhome Basement Waterproofing today. We offer a free on-site consultation, and we can educate you on the best crawl space waterproofing systems for your problem. We provide crawl space weeping tile installation, sump pump installation or replacement, encapsulation of crawl space and other waterproofing solutions.