If you have a crawl space foundation, it is vulnerable to some of the same water damage problems that are common in basements. There are even some water damage problems that are unique to crawl space foundations that you will want to address. The following guide will help you update your crawl space with the right exterior waterproofing to prevent damage and water problems:
1. Update Your Crawl Space with Exterior Foundation Drainage as Part of The Waterproofing System
You will want to start with the waterproofing of your crawl space foundation by adding the proper drainage. This should be a French drain system that includes gravel, drain tiles, and a porous layer of aggregate that allows water to drain below the structure and flow through pipes to a dry well to be pumped or safely away from the foundation.
2. Consider Crawl Space Encapsulation to Help Protect Your Foundation from Moisture and Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
The crawl space of your home is a foundation design that is vulnerable to unique water problems. Therefore, you may want to consider encapsulation to help keep the water out of your foundation that may seep up or come from condensation. Encapsulation will also help improve energy efficiency by keeping the outside air out of your home.
3. Making Sure You Have Good Foundation Waterproofing to Protect Your Home's Foundation Below the Exterior Grade
The foundation waterproofing system for your crawl space needs to be more than just a sealant that is applied to the walls. It needs drains, and then, the waterproofing should start with a layer of sealant, then insulated sheathing and a membrane. This is to help protect the foundation against problems that are caused by static pressure when groundwater filters through the soil.
4. Give Your Home Extra Protection by Waterproofing the Foundation Above the Soil Level Outside
The waterproofing that is below the soil needs to have layers that include insulated panels, seals and membranes, but there are things that can be done above ground. Above the soil, you will want to continue the waterproofing and have a sealant applied to walls to help protect against problems with runoff causing damage as it splashes up on your home.
These are some of the things that can be done to protect your crawl space foundation from some of the common problems that allow water to get in. If you want to protect your foundation from damage, contact an exterior waterproofing service and talk to them about some of these solutions for your crawl space.
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