For most homeowners, crawl spaces usually aren’t a place they think about much or go into very often. However, while a crawl space doesn’t provide usable square footage or a place to hang out and relax, what happens in this underground space can have a very profound effect on the rest of your home—not to mention your health and that of everyone living within the home.
If your crawl space is prone to leaks and routinely has moisture inside of it, insects and pests like termites will soon follow, but it will also become a breeding ground for mold and mildew to form. Unfortunately, the bugs, mold spores and mildew don’t stay in the unused space but spread throughout your house where they can cause serious and significant health problems and structural damage. When this occurs, your health and safety are obviously put at risk. So if there is moisture within your crawl space, you need to look for solutions to the problem and ways to eliminate the dampness for good.
Solutions to Moisture In Your Crawl Space
There are actually multiple solutions to consider regarding moisture in your crawl space, and the right one will depend upon the cause and the extent of your water problems, the impact they are having on your home and your budget for fixing the issues you are facing. Nonetheless, any method of waterproofing a crawl space can have a strong impact on its ability to keep water out and your home safe from its damaging effects.
One of the best solutions for a crawl space moisture problem is a comprehensive solution with many different benefits: a crawl space vapor barrier. A vapor barrier involves a special, fiber-reinforced membrane material placed entirely throughout the crawl space, essentially encapsulating the crawl space within the vapor barrier. Moreover, it retards the movement of water vapor through a building element (that is to say walls, ceilings, etc.) and prevents insulation and structural wood from becoming damp and metals from corroding. The crawlspace vapor barrier is made of a thick material that is resistant to tears, allowing it to hold up for quite some time. Additionally, it will help keep insects out of your home and prevent mold from growing within, though the benefits of waterproofing your crawl space go a bit further.
Benefits of Waterproofing a Crawl Space
Sealing your crawl space with a crawl space vapor barrier is the option because the benefits extend well beyond just making sure your unused crawl space stays dry. Waterproofing a crawl space through encapsulation can lower your heating and cooling costs. Studies have even shown encapsulating your crawl space can cut down on humidity, making your house cleaner and healthier. Clearly, there are many reasons to consider crawl space vapor barriers.
Waterproof your Crawl Space with StayDry
As you can see, waterproofing your home’s crawl space is always good practice, as it could fall victim to the damaging effects of water at any given time, especially throughout Michigan’s freezing and wet winters. While a vapor barrier is often your best bet in protecting your home, other solutions also exist for crawl space problems, including humidity control solutions. You should speak with a qualified basement waterproofing professional about the different choices that are available to you when it comes to crawl space repair solutions so you can find the best way to keep water out of your space and keep your home safe and healthy.
If you’d like to protect your home and find out which method best suits you, give StayDry a call today at 800.782.9379 or contact us here.