Are you about to embark on crawlspace waterproofing? The preparation of the space is just as important as the actual waterproofing process. One of the most important steps in preparation of the space is drying it out. This ensures that your waterproofing efforts provide long term benefits.
Steps to a dry crawl space
The following is a step by step guide to drying out your crawl space before the waterproofing process can begin:
- Remove all materials and debris from the space
If you want your crawl space to dry out completely, it is important to ensure that there is nothing in the space. Drying out the space is easier when it is completely free of debris and other objects.
If the insulation in the space is wet or damp, don’t attempt to dry this along with the crawl space. These wet materials ought to be removed and discarded. For the best results with crawlspace waterproofing, do not insulate the space until you have completed the drying process.
- Get rid of standing water
Is there standing water in the crawl space? It’s important to get rid of this water in order to quicken the drying process. You can choose to combine this step with step one. You will therefore be removing debris as simultaneously with the water.
The best way to remove standing water from a crawl space is by using a sump pump. The best sump pump to use is one that is designed to pick water from wet surfaces. You may need more than one sump pump depending on the size and shape of your space.
It is important to note the location of the pools of water. You will want to level off the crawl space floor afterwards in order to prevent the pooling of water in any particular place.
- Dry out materials and surfaces in the crawl space
This includes drying out the subfloor, wood framing and the floor of the crawl space. You may need to use a dehumidifier to keep the levels of humidity down at this stage. Ensure that you get a dehumidifier that is adequate for the space.
It is important to dry the crawl space properly for the best results in crawlspace waterproofing. You can save time and money by hiring a professional. You won’t have to spend money on the equipment required for the process.