A common and serious crawl space problem is excess moisture. Wet crawl spaces can cause humidity, mildew, mold, rot, and other structural damage. The cause of a wet crawl space is usually a dirt floor accompanied by a higher than recommended humidity level. Waterproofing your crawl space can help protect your home from damage. Crawl space encapsulation is a process in which the wet crawl space is dried, sealed, waterproofed, and insulated. Quality Foundation has performed countless crawl space encapsulations and has experience with many different crawl space problems.
Causes of Wet Crawl Spaces
There are a few common causes of wet crawl spaces:
- Groundwater compounded by a dirt crawl space floor
- Leaks and breaks in pipes
- Downspouts or gutters that have been improperly installed
- Flooding caused by heavy rain or melting snow
- Cracks in your home’s foundation
Waterproofing your Crawl Space
If you are experiencing standing water, or wet soil if you have dirt floors in your crawl space, it might be time to consider crawl space waterproofing. At Quality Foundation, we offer services that will ensure your crawl space remains dry and your home safe from water damage.
After removing debris from the crawl space and the area is prepared, a “U” shaped trench is created and sump pump (if not already installed) is installed at the ground level of the crawl space. After the drainage system is completed, the floors covered with a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from entering the crawlspace. This layer also provides a clean surface that is mold, puncture, and tear resistant. Next, the walls are insulated to help prevent excess airflow from entering and exiting which increases your energy efficiency.
Drying Wet Crawl Spaces with Dehumidification Systems
When the crawl space is encapsulated, it is a good idea to include a dehumidification system to maintain the proper moisture levels in the crawlspace. Quality Foundation will walk you through the process and make sure that you have everything you need to maintain a safe and healthy crawlspace.
For more information about crawl space encapsulation and waterproofing services in Omaha, NE and to schedule a free in-home estimate, contact Quality Foundation today!