The Rains Are Coming: 3 Tips For Waterproofing Your Crawlspace

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If you live in an area that's prone to flooding and you have a crawl space under your home, you're at risk for water damage. Unfortunately, the crawl space is often overlooked when it comes to waterproofing, which can lead to serious complications for you and your home. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your crawl space from water damage. Before the rainy season arrives, here are some steps you can follow to waterproof your crawl space.

Control the Humidity

Moisture under your home can be a real problem, especially during summer rain storms. If you've got a crawl space, your first line of defense against water damage is a de-humidifier. Installing a de-humidifier in your crawl space will remove the moisture and prevent damage caused by excess moisture, including mold growth and wood rot. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems for you and your family, and wood rot can undermine the structural integrity of your home. Both problems can be prevented by installing a de-humidifier as part of your waterproofing plan.

Maintain Your Sump Pump

The last thing you want is standing water under your home. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to get under your home to remove the water. That's where a sump pump comes in handy. A sump pump will remove the water from your crawl space and allow it to drain in an area located a safe distance away from your home. For maximum protection, it's a good idea to install two sump pumps: one to act as your primary water-removal system and the second one to act as a backup. If you have a septic system in your yard, avoid routing the sump pump towards your seepage field. The excess water could damage your system and lead to a malfunction.

Seal the Walls

When it comes to waterproofing your crawl space, don't forget about the walls. During a flood, your crawl space walls will come in contact with a substantial amount of water, which could seep into the concrete. To prevent structural damage to the concrete, be sure to apply a waterproof sealant to the interior and exterior walls. Waterproof sealant can be found at any home improvement store. Be sure to apply a fresh coat of sealant at least once every couple of years. The re-application will ensure that your walls are properly protected against water damage.

Contact a company like Rite-Way Waterproofing if you have questions regarding waterproofing measures.

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