When many homeowners think of crawlspace waterproofing, they only think of the crawlspace itself. However, the crawlspace is part of a more extensive system, i.e., your house. It doesn’t function independently. When you have a moisture issue in your crawlspace, it will affect the rest of the house. Similarly, when there is an issue in another area of the home, it may change the state of your crawlspace.
The roof is one of those areas that should be included in crawlspace waterproofing. An experienced contractor will ensure that they have inspected the roof and resolved any issues that may lead to the accumulation of water in the crawlspace.
If you’re still skeptical about including the roof in your waterproofing efforts, read on to see how the roof affects the crawlspace.
How your roof is damaging your crawlspace
- Draining water near the foundation
Gutters and downspouts are designed to protect the foundation from runoff. The gutters collect rainwater from the roof and guide it to the downspouts. The downspouts drain water away from the house. When this system has a good design and is well maintained, water from the roof ought to drain far away from the foundation of the home.
Poorly designed and maintained roof drainage systems result in the accumulation of water at the foundation. This collection of water may occur when the downspouts are too short, when the drainage system is damaged or when clogged with debris.
- Poor drainage
Some people attempt to solve the issue of short downspouts by connecting them to the nearest drain. When a storm occurs, there’ll be too much water draining from the roof into the wastewater system. There’s a good chance that your sewer line will burst or overflow. This overflow can cause your crawlspace to flood and become a health hazard due to bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens in the sewage.
Deal with rainwater the right way
Invest in a well-designed roof drainage system. The system should include downspouts that drain several feet away from the house (at least 8 feet is ideal). If you choose to guide water into a drainage system, the downspouts should be connected to a storm water drainage system and not your sewer system. These downspouts will ensure you can avoid flooding when hit by a storm.
An experienced crawlspace waterproofing contractor can help to guide waterproofing and ensure consideration of every aspect for long term benefits to your home.
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