If your home is constructed with a crawl space, there’s a high chance that it is open or vented. This was the traditional way in which homes with crawl spaces were constructed. This open crawl space will leave your home vulnerable to moisture damage. The best way to protect your home is by investing in crawlspace waterproofing.
As a homeowner, you may have many questions about what waterproofing your crawl space involves, and how effective it is. The following are answers to some of the most common questions that homeowners ask.
- Is there only one method used to waterproof crawlspaces?
Thanks to advances in technology and the construction industry, there is more than one way to waterproof a crawlspace. Not all methods are suited for your crawl space though. You will have to do your research and find out which one is most suited for your particular circumstances.
Finding out about the different waterproofing methods available will also help you narrow down your choices when it comes to waterproofing contractors. You should use a contractor that is not only licensed, but also experienced in the waterproofing system you’re interested in.
- Should I include a vent for air circulation in my crawl space?
Venting your crawl space may seem like a good idea to help with air circulation. However, this will only leave you with more moisture problems. Complete encapsulation of the crawl space is the only way to ensure that the space remains free of moisture and all the problems that accompany it.
Your contractor can help you determine the best way to circulate air within the crawl space. This often involves the mechanical circulation of air using your HVAC system or any other system.
- Should I insulate the crawl space?
Many homeowners are concerned about the loss of heat in the winter, or the entry of heat during the summer through the crawl space. After all, this translates to a loss in the energy you’ve put into creating a comfortable environment within your home. They therefore wonder if they should insulate their crawl space.
If you’ve completely encapsulated your crawl space, you can opt to insulate the crawl space walls. However, insulating the floor of your home isn’t necessary.
- Will I still have to install a dehumidifier?
Yes, if you want to prevent the growth of mold and mildew as well as other moisture problems in your crawl space, a dehumidifier is absolutely necessary. While it will not get rid of mold, it will help to prevent moisture from accumulating within the crawlspace after encapsulation.