Although you may not realize it, wet or damp crawlspaces can result in many different issues throughout your home. It is quite common for crawlspaces to develop moisture issues, since they are an area of the home that is below ground level, and are often neglected or forgotten about by homeowners. Not only can a wet crawlspace result in moisture issues, but it can also cause structural problems, as the crawlspace helps support the weight of the entire home. It is important to keep your crawlspace dry, as this will prevent issues in other areas of the home. Pierman Foundation Repair Services possesses the necessary skills and tools to find a solution for your wet crawlspace.
A wet crawlspace may be caused by a few different things. If the foundation of your home starts to settle or shift, it may result in foundation cracks. These cracks provide an entry point for water, as well as various pests. Keeping your foundation stabilized and intact will help prevent a wet crawlspace. Crawlspace moisture issues may also be cause by poor drainage systems. The surface drainage system and exterior drainage system are designed to keep water away from your home. If either of these systems is not functioning properly, water may pool around the foundation and seep into your foundation through cracks or through the porous, unprotected concrete. This can lead to a wet crawlspace and also a weakened foundation.
It is wise to examine your crawlspace regularly for the signs of a moisture problem. These signs include:
If you notice any of these issues in your crawlspace, you are definitely in need of crawlspace repair services from Pierman Foundation Repair Services. We can provide you with quality waterproofing methods to keep your crawlspace dry and mold-free.
Since many wet crawlspaces are the result of poor drainage, one solution is to make sure that your exterior and surface drainage systems are functioning properly. The surface drainage system consists of the gutters, downspouts, grading around the home, drywells, and various underground drainage systems. These are all designed to keep water from pooling in your yard and seeping through cracks in the foundation. The exterior drainage system can also help keep water away from the crawlspace. Main components of this system include the waterproof membrane around the foundation, drainage board, and drainage pipes beneath the footings. These work together to remove excess groundwater from around the foundation, reducing the chances that it will seep through the concrete.
The best defense for your crawlspace, however, is a method known as crawlspace encapsulation. This process involves covering the walls, floor, and ceiling of the crawlspace with a waterproof material such as plastic or foil sheeting. This sheeting resists the diffusion of water vapor through the porous surface of the concrete, sealing water out of the crawlspace.
For all of your wet crawlspace repair needs in Oklahoma, contact Pierman Foundation Repair Services today.