Waterproofing Your Crawl Space?
Here Are Some Easy Methods To Keep Your Crawl Space Water Free
It is important that if you have a crawl space, that you keep it water free. Letting water get into your crawl space is an easy to way to get mold, pest infestations, and structural damage. Now the most obvious method for keeping your crawl space dry is to install a vapor barrier. Vapor barriers are one of the most effective ways of keeping your crawl space dry, but there are some other methods that homeowners can try if they want to keep their crawl spaces bone dry.
Check your gutters
Believe it or not, keeping your gutters clean and in working order can help prevent water from getting into your crawl space. When gutters are clogged, water spills over the gutters and can land near your house’s foundation, where it can find its way into the crawl space. This is especially noticeable during periods of extended rainfall. So, if you want to waterproof your crawl space, try making a habit of cleaning out your gutters (homeowners should clear their gutters regularly anyways).
Likewise, you will also want to make sure that your gutter’s downspouts are working properly. Downspouts should be extended enough so that the water that comes out isn’t dumped close to the foundation. So, if you want to keep your crawl space free of water, make sure your downspouts are extended far enough and if they aren’t, fix them as quickly as possible.
Issues with landscaping
In order for water to properly drain away from your house, your yard should slope away from your house. This way, when it rains, water flows downhill, away from your house. Sometimes during the building process, the grading can be done improperly, which leads to water flowing towards your house’s foundation, where it can seep into the crawl space. In order to fix this, you are either going to need to hire professional landscapers, or take on the project yourself (but only if you have some experience with home landscaping).
Get a sump pump
Sump pumps are appliances that are installed in basements and crawl spaces to help prevent the buildup of water. Holes are dug and filled with float switches. As water fills the holes, the switches are activated and the sump pump will suck the water out and prevent it from overflowing into your crawl space. If you choose to get a sump pump installed, be aware that they require regular maintenance (they can get clogged with debris, and the float switch can often get stuck). If you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall, you should seriously consider investing in a sump pump (or maybe even two), they are great ways to keep water out of your crawl space.
As stated earlier, the most effective way to waterproof your crawl space is to invest in a vapor barrier; but if you feel that a barrier is not enough, then these are some other methods you can try to keep your crawl space free of water.