If you are like most people, you won’t want to spend money if you absolutely don’t have to. However, you may be creating an even bigger problem by not spending the money to waterproof your crawl space.
Crawl spaces and basements are those parts of the house that you never think of until there is a major problem or you need some extra storage space. However, they are important as they are the foundation of the home. If the crawl space is affected by a serious problem, the whole house is likely to be affected too. If you’re crawl space isn’t already waterproofed, you should ensure that you waterproof it as soon as possible for the following reasons:
1.) To ensure that no water penetrates your crawl space
Water is a major issue during the rainy seasons as well as during winter. A crawl space that is not waterproof will get water logged during the wet seasons.
Many people argue that they can simply get rid of the water by pumping it out. However, the problem lies with the small amount of water or moisture that slips through the cracks or is absorbed by the walls, floor and foundation. This water can destroy your foundation and walls.
2.) To prevent water issues
It doesn’t take a flood to result in water damage in your home. It can take a few days of rain to cause water damage to your crawl space especially if it is not waterproofed. You may think that you have pumped out all the water from your crawl space in the event of a flood, but there is still a small amount that remains and seeps through cracks or is absorbed through the foundation on a rainy day.
3.) To prevent deterioration of air quality
Where there is moisture, there is mold. Mold grows well in damp and dark corners. A crawl space that has not been waterproofed is therefore the perfect habitat for mold. The growth of mold in your crawl space will result in compromised air quality within your home as mold can cause breathing problems.
4.) To prevent the deterioration of your foundation
Moisture can result in the destruction of the foundation of your home. This is because water expands and contracts with fluctuations in temperature therefore affecting the integrity of the foundation.
5.) Save money in the long run
You may think that it costs a lot of money waterproofing your crawl space. However, it will cost much more fixing the damage caused by moisture and mold.