Unless something catastrophic occurs, basements and crawl spaces are seldom thought about much. If you were to deal with water damage, you would be out hundreds of dollars. Now that it is too late, you may regret not having prevented it. Your crawl space or basement may flood if you live in a flood-prone area or if it is improperly constructed. When it rains, snows, or pipes burst, water pools around your house, causing wet soil around the foundation to expand and shift, causing damage to the foundation. As a result, you are at risk of mold development, electrical hazards, and structural damage.
Moisture Control Tips for Crawl Spaces and Basements
It is best to prevent water damage to your home’s foundation by taking preventative measures. Consider these some basic measures to prevent water damage.
Keep your sump pump maintained.
A sump pump is designed to remove water that rises from the ground before it damages the crawl space or basement. Typically, sump pumps reside in basements and crawl spaces. Learn how to check your sump pump and schedule an annual inspection.
Consider Purchasing a Dehumidifier
You can help ventilate a large basement by opening the windows and turning on the fans. You should also consider installing a dehumidifier, preferably in an easily accessible area. Under-house dehumidifiers are an excellent way to actively remove moisture from a room. A dehumidifier is particularly effective at removing water that has penetrated deep into materials. It is helpful to choose dehumidifiers designed specifically for crawl spaces.
Keep Roofs and Gutters Maintained.
Clear your gutters and roof of leaves, moss, and other debris. As debris accumulates in the drainage system, it restricts water drainage and promotes mold growth.
The roof needs to be protected from water damage. You can prevent water from entering your home by maintaining your roof, downspouts, and gutters.
Use Moisture Barriers
There are special materials, known as vapor barriers, that can prevent moisture from entering your crawl space. By covering the floor of your crawl space, you can prevent dampness. Moisture barriers should be installed in a continuous pattern. Small punctures in the barrier will not cause any problems, since they allow only a small amount of moisture to pass through.
Repair and Seal Cracks
Water can enter your crawl space through cracks in the floor and cause havoc. You should have your space inspected so any weak areas are sealed and moisture is not allowed to enter. Make sure that the walls of your home are free of cracks and decaying mortar joints. If you find any problems, fix them right away.
Ensure That Pipes Do Not Burst or Freeze
Ensure your crawlspace, dryer vent, and basement are adequately sealed and insulated. Insulation can prevent pipes from freezing when temperatures suddenly drop. Pipes can freeze or burst in any climate. A rapid drop in temperature or inadequate insulation around pipes can lead to water damage. When water freezes, it expands and increases pressure inside the pipe, causing it to explode.
It is not uncommon for people to see and experience water damage. Besides causing significant damage to an entire household, water can also cause health problems. Water damage adversely affects a person’s stress level and finances. It is important to prevent its effects as much as possible by being aware of their effects. Preventing a problem is always better than having to spend a lot of money and invest a lot of time and effort trying to fix it. To avoid problematic scenarios, ensure that you review each item on your to-do list and check it off.
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