When it comes to crawlspace waterproofing, the first (and often times the only) source of water that people think of is external sources. However, there are also various sources of water that are within the crawl space itself. Not taking care of these sources of water will result in a damp crawl space.
Steps to stop water from inside the crawl space
The following are steps to be taken before embarking on crawl space waterproofing:
- Inspect the interior of the building
Begin by inspecting the interior of the building for leaks and other possible sources of moisture such as poor venting of steam. Moisture is often produced in the upper levels of the home and deposited in the crawl space through venting or natural condensation processes.
- Inspect the crawl space
The next step is to inspect the crawl space to find out where water is entering the space from. You should look out for wet conditions, pools of water, condensation on pipes, water stains on the floor or wall and the lack of a drainage system. You should also look for other signs of moisture such as the presence of mold or a musty odor.
It’s important to note that crawl spaces are dangerous spaces. It can be dangerous to enter a crawl space without taking precautions. Hazards such as electric shocks as well as sewage and chemical contaminants exist in these spaces.
- Repair drains
Check the drains that are directly above the crawl space. Have any leaking drain repaired. These may include drains from heating lines, kitchens and bathrooms.
Be sure to have a professional plumber deal with the repair. A wrong move in the crawl space can result in the flooding of the space.
- Repair leaking pipes
Many supply pipes pass through the crawl space before they enter the home. Inspect these pipes for leakages. Repairing these pipes will not only be good for your crawl space but also for your pocket. You’ll save a lot of money by ensuring these pipes are not leaking.
- Insulate pipes
Do you have any cold water lines in your crawl space? Do the service lines to your HVAC system run through the crawl space? It is important to have these pipes insulated. This will not only conserve energy in your home but will also go a long way to preventing moisture problems in the crawl space as a result of condensate forming on the surface of the pipes.