Your Crawlspace Waterproofing Prep Checklist
Are you thinking of investing in crawlspace waterproofing? This is a great way to protect your home and your household.
Contractors often assess your home to determine the best way to address the issues that are causing problems in your crawlspace. This ensures that they are able to provide you with a long term solution. It also means that they can identify any hazardous elements in your crawlspace and ensure they are dealt with.
You too have a role to play in crawlspace waterproofing. Adequate preparation will ensure that your crawlspace is not only ready for waterproofing but also safe. The following is a checklist you can use in preparing your crawlspace.
- Check for standing water
Ensure there is no standing water in the space. Standing water can be a safety hazard. There is a real danger of electrocution if anyone comes into contact with the water. If you do have water in the space, it is important to contact a professional to have it removed safely.
- Install lighting in the space
Crawl spaces are often dark spaces. If you want to ensure that nothing is missed while the waterproofing is being carried out, ensure there is adequate lighting in the space.
- Prep the floor
Many crawl spaces that haven’t been waterproofed often have dirt floors. These floors often have sharp rocks. These spaces may also have debris that has collected over the years. The sharp rocks and the debris can cause damage to the vapor barrier that will be installed as part of the waterproofing process. This will result in the penetration of moisture into the space.
Take some time to remove the rocks and debris in the space. You may also want to consider leveling the soil in the crawlspace with a rake.
- Strap electrical wiring
Check the crawlspace for any hanging wires or ductwork. Ensure that any hanging electrical wires are properly strapped to prevent electrocution. Strapping in the ductwork will also help to make working in the space easier.
- Inspect your plumbing
Inspect the plumbing in the crawlspace for leaks or corrosion. If your plumbing should leak after the crawlspace has been encapsulated, it can cause moisture problems in the space. You may even want to have a plumber come in to inspect the plumbing just to be sure.
- Examine and replace beams, posts and framing
You should also check the beams, posts and framing in your crawlspace for rotting or damage. Any compromised pieces ought to be replaced to ensure the structural integrity of your home.
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