If you have a crawl space under your home, it needs to be waterproofed. Failing to waterproof the crawl space could leave your home susceptible to water damage, even if you've waterproofed the rest of your property. While you're waterproofing your home, don't forget to make plans for your crawl space. Here are some waterproofing tips to help get you started.
Start With Repairs to the Foundation
If you're going to be waterproofing the crawl space, you need to start the process at the foundation. Crawl space waterproofing won't be nearly as effective if you have cracks in your foundation. Prior to waterproofing your crawl space, take the time to seal up the cracks in your foundation. Not only will the sealant protect against water intrusion, but it will also help prevent further damage to your foundation. Minor foundation cracks can be repaired by using waterproof latex caulk. However, larger cracks will require professional repairs.
Ensure Proper Perimeter Drainage
If you don't have sufficient drainage around the perimeter of your home, waterproofing your crawl space won't protect against water damage. That's because run-off water will drain right into your crawl space. To make sure that doesn't happen, you'll need to ensure proper perimeter drainage around the foundation. If you haven't installed rain gutters on your home, that should be taken care of as part of your crawl space waterproofing plan. If you do have rain gutters, be sure they're cleaned, repaired, and properly adjusted prior to the start of the rainy season this year.
Eradicate Existing Crawl Space Mold
If you've already noticed the presence of mold in your crawl space, don't do any waterproofing until you've eradicated the problem. Waterproofing over existing mold will allow the spores to continue growing beneath the surface. To make sure that you're not making your mold problem worse, spend time cleaning your crawl space prior to waterproofing. If your mold problem is caused by an existing moisture issue, include moisture protection as part of your waterproofing plan.
Take Extra Steps With Your Dirt Floor
If you have a dirt floor in your crawl space, you'll need to go beyond the basic waterproofing methods. Dirt floors can create additional problems for your crawl space. Talk to a waterproofing contractor about encapsulating your crawl space. Encapsulation seals your entire crawl space and prevents issues associated with dirt floors. Encapsulation also helps protect your crawl space against pest infestations, moisture problems, and vapor issues.
For more information on waterproofing your crawl space, contact a company like Central Penn Waterproofing.