Our Homes protect us from harsh environment providing us safety and security. However, in turn the House itself is often subjected to the destructive forces of Mother Nature. Spring rains and summer storms usually bring in unwanted water and moisture into your Crawl Space/Basement, which can be quite damaging leading to expensive repairs.
It is recommended that you should keep an eye on the Crawl Space/Basement conditions majorly during the wet spring rains and the humid stormy summer months and take the suitable steps if you happen to notice water, high moisture, or the presence of mold. In addition, after heavy rains, look for any standing water that stays put even after 24 hours of the rainfall. If you happen to notice standing water or mold present, go for further exploration and modifications advised by a Qualified and licensed Crawl Space/ Basement repair company. By being, observant and repairing small problems in time you will not only be saving your Home from any further damage but also save money that would have been spent on major repair job.
There are many options for reducing the collection of standing water inside the Crawl Space/ Basement. You can work towards making the area around your Home slope away from the Foundation and install or adjust your gutters down spouts to drain water away from the Foundation. You can also update or add a Sump Pump, and or French drain for removing water.
Then there are various options for reducing the moisture levels in the Basements and Crawl Spaces such as installing a Dehumidifier, Encapsulating, Installing a correct Vapor Barrier and/or installing humidistat controlled fan. For Crawl Spaces if you find presence of moisture you should go for Crawl Space Encapsulation.
Timely preventative maintenance measures can help in reducing energy consumption in your Home; extend the life of all major components and ultimately lowering the cost for repairs. Regular inspections should be conducted to protect the biggest of all investment that you could have ever made. Remember to have the inspection work carried out by a Professional and experienced Crawl Space/ Basement Waterproofing inspector as that will help you in being notified early of any problems and give you some preparation time with no rush.
Crawl space/ Basement Waterproofing is the Best solution. Foundation settling or Foundation base weakening as well as wet Basement is today a basic problem caused by either settling of soil or water leakage in most of the Houses and buildings. Basement and Foundation repair contractors only should carry out Foundation and Basement repair. You can also have Pea Gravel deposited beneath the Crawl Space allowing sufficient water passage. Lastly, get a Sump Pump fitted as it can efficiently dry the Crawl Space/Basement and prevent any water collection.