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Why You Should Always Make Sure Your Crawl Space Is Waterproofed

Perhaps the least thought-about area of your home is the crawl space. Not only do many families simply not use the crawl space at all, but some go years without ever checking up on it. At most, some people may use it for storage for old items that have no place else to be, such as luggage, furniture, and books. What you might not know is that your crawl space is quite susceptible to water damage, and by leaving it alone you risk much more than the forgotten belongings you may be keeping there. Here are a few reasons why waterproofing your crawl space is always recommended.

Protect The Foundations

Your home's foundations are likely made out of very sturdy material, but whether it is metal, concrete, brick, or even timber, it will get affected by water if there is moisture around. The last thing you want is to have problems with your foundations, as this can be expensive to repair and may even result in your home becoming condemned and requiring serious structural rehabilitation. While that is rare, it is not rare to require the replacement of a few of the major supports of your home due to moisture damage, which is one of the main reasons crawl space waterproofing is so vital.

Barrier For Your Home

Your crawl space is not as disconnected from the rest of your house as you may think. Often what begins down in your crawl space can quickly work its way up to your habited rooms, particularly when it comes to water-related damage. Mold and mildew commonly begin in crawl spaces, where the moisture has nowhere to escape to. Your floorboards and structural elements then act as a sponge, soaking up that moisture and the mold with it, and moving upwards to the warmer spaces where this mold can flourish.


Crawl space waterproofing is mainly used for minor problems of water, not major leaks. However, in the event that your home does have a broken pipe or some other quick flash-flood, then having your crawl space waterproofed will mean that there is less of a chance the earth under your home will be badly eroded. If it were to become wet it can shift, which is bad news for your foundation and therefore your home above it. In short, there are very few reasons not to waterproof your crawl space and a bunch of reasons why it could save you a bunch of cash in the future. 

For more information about crawl space waterproofing, contact a local company.

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