The crawl space of your home is vulnerable to damage due to moisture issues and poor ventilation. Therefore, improvements may be needed to help prevent damage due to moisture issues. Improvements in the crawl space can also help improve the efficiency of your home. The following crawl space waterproofing improvements will help stop damage to your home due to moisture in these areas.

Updating Exterior Waterproofing and Drainage

The exterior of your foundation is an area where you will want to start with waterproofing improvements. Some things to consider when updating the exterior waterproofing of your foundation include:

  • Installing modern drain tiles
  • Updating the sealant of waterproofing systems
  • Updating landscaping watershed and drainage design

The exterior drainage will also help protect the foundation and your home from structural problems due to settling.

Dealing with Waterproofing Issues Inside the Crawl Space

There is also waterproofing inside the crawl space that may need to be improved. Some of the solutions to improve the waterproofing inside your home's foundation include:

  • Adding gravel to soil floors
  • Installing modern waterproofing sealants

The waterproofing inside the foundation will help ensure it is protected from moisture. In addition to the waterproofing, the interior of the crawl space may also need a simple drain system.

Making Sure the Crawl Space Has Sufficient Ventilation

The ventilation may not be something you think about when it comes to the crawl space waterproofing. You should have good ventilation to allow moisture to escape in the crawl space. The following solutions will ensure your crawl space has the ventilation it needs:

  • Installed louvered access doors to the crawl space
  • Add vents to create cross ventilation through the crawl space
  • Add small mechanical fans to improve crawl space ventilation

This work needs to be done to your foundation when you have the crawl space waterproofing done.  

Encapsulation Options to Improve Energy Efficiency 

The crawl space of your home can also be encapsulated, which is more thorough than just waterproofing. Some of the things that will be done for your crawl space encapsulation include:

  • Seal the floor with an impermeable membrane
  • Seal joists of floor systems with insulating materials
  • Seal walls with modern waterproofing or membrane systems
  • Add drainage systems with sump pumps if they are needed

The encapsulation will provide your crawl space with good ventilation to allow air to circulate and moisture to escape. This can prevent serious problems with moisture problems in the crawl space due to humidity and condensation.

The right improvements to the crawl space will help prevent serious damage issues. Contract a crawl space waterproofing service and talk to them about these solutions for your crawl space.