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4 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Waterproofing Your Crawlspace

Is there structural problems in your home? Do you have a crawl space that just can’t seem to get dry?

The cause of your home’s structural problems could be from a damp or wet crawl space. This can cause some serious health issues including the growth of mold. That is why hiring a professional for the waterproofing of your crawl space is too important to neglect.

Still there are a lot of factors you should not ignore when it comes to repairing or attempting to waterproof your crawl space.

MISTAKE 1: Using Fiberglass For Insulation

Typically, fiberglass is used for the purpose of insulating a home. However, it should never be used for insulating the crawl space. Fiberglass, much like a sponge, will absorb the water and moisture around it. With a little time, this will turn into a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

MISTAKE 2: Using Spray Foam For The Crawl Space

Another all too common mistake is using spray foam for crawl space insulation. While it can be effective for insulating other tight spaces within the home, it is not suitable to use for a crawl space. This is because spray foam has the capability to trap moisture and water in the crawl space. Trapped in between the foam and the wall, the moisture and water have nowhere to go and will cause mold growth or rot the wood above.

MISTAKE 3: Not Covering Up The Vents

For the crawl space, vents are important for keeping the air circulated throughout the area. It is a common myth that by adding more vents, you can more easily remove moisture from the area. However, more vents can actually cause more moisture to be present in the crawl space. So it is crucial that all existing vents are covered up to reduce that amount of moisture can build up in the room.

MISTAKE 4: Wrong Installation Of Drainage Systems

Leaks and pools of standing water can be all too common in a crawl space. Even in those build to the highest of building standards. In some ways, having a completely waterproofed crawl space is not possible. However, having a drainage system in the crawl space can still help you prevent moisture and mold from being a common presence. There are various types of drainage systems currently available and it is important that you get one that will be more effective for your home.

For a proper crawl space waterproofing, don’t hesitate to contact AAA Waterproofing to get it done right the first time!

This entry was posted in Mold & Mildew on July, 26, 2016