A crawlspace is a small area in buildings that allows for air circulation and easy access to wiring and plumbing. If you have a crawlspace in your home, you know how difficult it can be to keep moisture out. Waterproofing can help keep out this moisture and protect your home. Did you know that waterproofing can also provide other benefits? Take a look at these three benefits of crawlspace waterproofing.
- Reduce mold and pests in the home
Both mold and pests love areas that are dark and damp. This makes crawlspaces the perfect spot for mold and pests to live. The moist area allows them to thrive, and once they move in, it becomes very difficult to remove them.
Mold and pests can cause major damage to your home. Mold can cause unpleasant odors, and in some cases, can cause illnesses in susceptible family members. The moisture in your crawlspace can cause wood to rot, which will attract termites. They can then travel to other part of the home, causing problems that will be costly to repair.
By crawlspace waterproofing, you will provide a barrier that will keep the area dry. As a result, you will reduce the attractiveness of the crawlspace to pests and mold, thereby protecting the rest of your home.
- Maintain your home’s structural integrity
Once moisture enters the crawlspace, it can travel to other parts of your home. This includes entering the soil that surrounds the home’s foundation. As the moisture builds up in the soil, it can cause the foundation to become unstable. Cracks and holes may appear, which, if left unchecked, will lead to the entire structure becoming unstable.
This is why gutters are aimed away from the home; to allow water to run off without damaging the foundation. Adding crawlspace waterproofing will help prevent water from pooling around your foundation, reducing the risk of erosion and making your home more stable.
- Increase your home’s energy efficiency and make it more comfortable
Moisture that enters the crawlspace can move into the interior of your home, increasing the humidity in the air. As a result, your heating and cooling systems will need to work harder to fight the dampness of the air. By waterproofing your crawlspace, you will reduce the humidity and allow your systems to work more effectively. This will reduce the cost and amount of energy required to keep your home comfortable.
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