4 Crawl Space System Waterproofing Issues You Must Know!
June 13th, 2022
Ontario’s summer is a mixed bag! Sometimes you get extreme heat and sunny days; however, sometimes you have cloudy days with showers. Now, as a homeowner, you might not think much about this summer rain. But it’s still water and no matter the quantity, it can cause damage to your home.
Yes, we are talking about the basement and crawl space system damage caused by water accumulation around the foundation of your home. And if you have cracks in the walls and floor of the crawl space, this water can enter inside and cause mould growth. Here are three common waterproofing issues that you can experience if you have a crawl space.
- Saturation of Fibreglass
Modern homes need modern solutions. And fibreglass is one of the ways to insulate your homse and save on energy costs. On one hand, this method is excellent for your home, on the other not so much. If your crawl space has moisture or direct water exposure, fibreglass will absorb the same making an ideal location for mould to grow. Another issue with fibreglass is that once it absorbs a lot of moisture, it starts to get heavy and sink. And this can become problematic if fibreglass is installed in the sub-layer. This can make way for more moisture.
- Moisture Trapping in Spray Foam
Yet another amazing insulation solution is spray foam. The process is very thorough and will cover the whole of your home including the crawl space. Now, if you haven’t opted for crawl space encapsulation or waterproofing services, chances are moisture may enter the space. And it will also enter the spray foam insulation layer. Moisture or water which is trapped inside the spray foam insulation is a silent killer. You won’t even know the extent of damage done before it’s too late. And repairs will get expensive.
- Drainage Issues
Now, you might have been the smart homeowner and waterproofed your crawl space. But do you have drainage pipes installed? If not, the problem will remain the same. In the event of heavy rainfall, the ground water level will increase and seep into the crawl space. Hence, you must install drainage pipes to ensure that increased groundwater has a way to move out of the vicinity of your home.
- Open Vents
You might think that having an aerated crawlspace is a good idea. Well, think again! Open vents in the crawl space are an invitation to moisture and pests. And you don’t want that to happen. So, make sure to close or cover your vents.
As you can see, without the right crawl space encapsulation services and careful crawl space construction, your house can be prone to water damage. If you want to waterproof your crawl space and basement, you must call us at Ontario Wet Basement Solution Inc. right away. We are experts in tackling this issue with the latest tools and technology. Our professionals will be glad to help make your home moisture damage free.
Contact us now to know more.