Crawlspace Waterproofing – How to Keep Your Crawlspace Dry in Winter Mentor, OH
Winter and fall can spell disaster for a crawlspace. Your crawlspace can become damp and humid as a result of the weather conditions. This, in turn, will affect the conditions in your home.
A clean and dry crawlspace will ensure a structurally sound foundation. It will also ensure better conditions within your home. Crawlspace waterproofing is necessary for keeping your crawlspace dry in winter. However, contrary to what many homeowners believe, waterproofing isn’t just about encapsulating your crawlspace. Below are some of the many steps you need to take to ensure that your crawlspace remains dry in winter.
- Clean your gutters
Dealing with the sources of moisture entering your crawlspace is key to keeping it dry. One of the major sources of moisture is runoff from the roof. When snow that has settled on the roof melts, the water flows into the gutters and down the downspout. When this rain collection system is working properly, the water is guided into a drainage system or deposited some distance (at least 10 feet) away from the foundation of the home.
If the gutters are clogged with leaves, water will spill over and pour at the foundation. The water will collect near the crawlspace and eventually flood the crawlspace. Cleaning your gutters and checking them for leaks before winter will help to ensure that they drain properly and therefore keep your crawlspace dry.
- Extend your downspouts
Downspouts are designed to guide water away from the foundation. However, if they are too short, the water from the roof will be deposited near the foundation and cause the crawlspace to flood or become damp.
Extend your downspouts to drain water at least 10 feet away from the crawlspace.
- Seal the crawlspace
Encapsulation is a major part of crawlspace waterproofing.It results in sealing the space away from its surroundings. Therefore, nothing can enter the crawlspace.
Sealing often involves cleaning the crawlspace and installing a vapor barrier.
- Dealing with moisture sources within the home
It’s also important to address sources of moisture within the home. These may include moisture from activities such as cooking, bathing or leaks. Take the steps necessary to prevent moisture from building up within the home and leaking into the crawlspace. Call a plumber to repair leaks. Install a hood in your kitchen to exhaust moisture from cooking. Install an exhaust fan in your bathroom to remove moist air while taking a shower.
Keeping your crawlspace dry should be a high priority for any homeowner. Use the tips above to safeguard your property.
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