Crawlspaces play many important roles in a home, including promoting air circulation in the home and making it easy to access installations such as plumbing and electrical systems. Your crawlspace needs to be dry to function effectively. But it is common to find crawlspaces that are either wet or have high levels of humidity.
Crawlspaces that are constantly wet are not only a health risk but also pose a threat to a building’s safety. Notably, damp crawlspaces could mean that water is leaking into the crawlspace, which can lead to notable structural damage to the building’s foundation.
Crawlspace waterproofing is one of the ways of making your crawlspace dry. Below are signs that you require crawlspace waterproofing services:
- Signs of Mold or Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew grow in damp conditions. The presence of mold or mildew in your crawlspace means that the space has too much moisture, which could result from water leaking through the walls.
- Leaky Cracks on the Floor or Walls
Cracks on the walls or floor of the crawlspace can easily allow water to seep in. The solution is to have a repair contractor fix the cracks and seal the crawlspace to prevent water seepage.
- Sagging or Rotting of Wooden Beams and Other Installations
Sagging of wooden beams and other installations made from wood is a sign that the wood is absorbing moisture and swelling. Similarly, the presence of moisture causes wood rotting. A combination of fungi and moisture causes wood decay. For the fungi that cause wood rot to thrive, the wood must be continuously wet.
Therefore, if you see the wooden installations in your crawlspace sagging or decaying, this is a sign that the crawlspace floor or wall is letting in water or moisture.
Efflorescence refers to the movement of water containing salts through a porous material like concrete. The salt eventually settles at the surface of the material as a white chalky deposit. Therefore, if the walls of your crawlspace have a white chalky substance, this means that they are allowing water to seep through and thus need waterproofing.
- Dampness and Musty Odor
Wetness in the crawlspace suggests that it has high humidity and that water is seeping in. The musty smell results from the growth of mold or mildew due to the damp state of the crawlspace. A company that provides crawlspace waterproofing services can help you solve this problem.
Contact the professionals at Everdry Waterproofing today! 1-877-947-1278