Ensuring that water and moisture stay out of the crawl space or basement is a top homeowner priority. A wet or even damp crawl space or basement can cause significant problems to your home and health. Whether you are already dealing with a wet crawl space or basement issue or want to be proactive and prevent water damage to your crawl space or basement, you need professionals and wet basement solutions.
What Causes a Wet Crawl Space or Basement?
You might be wondering what causes a crawl space or basement to get damp and wet. Why does water seep into the foundation of your crawl space or basement, causing such issues? Usually, there are only three sources of moisture that can lead to a wet or damp crawl space or basement.
Pressure & Penetration
Water can come into a basement in various ways, such as through cracks in the walls or floor. Water can get in if the soil around the foundation isn’t as dense as soil farther away. When this occurs, water may collect in the loosely packed soil near the foundation and pressure it, leading to cracks.
Interior Moisture & Humidity
If too much humidity gets in the crawl space or basement, moisture accumulation will follow. Conquering humidity in your basement is no easy task. First, start with moisture prevention. Moisture causes humidity; preventing leaks and water accumulation is the first step at reducing humidity.
The next step is to condition the space to control moisture. Moisture that moves in can also move out, and using a dehumidifier or dehumidifier with a sealed crawl space system should be considered to condition the space.
Crawl Space and Basement Mold Removal
A wet crawl space and basement can lead to significant problems, and mold is the most feared and most well-known. Mold can trigger underlying health issues such as COPD, asthma, or immune system issues. Crawl Space and Basement mold removal services are the first step to getting things under control. Mold can hide inside walls, floors, and virtually any organic surface that you can’t see. Failing to remove the mold in your basement can cause it to spread throughout your home, primarily through the air you breathe.
Mold remediation is most effective when professionals complete the work. Use a company that is OSHA Certified in Mold, Mold Remediation, and Mold Prevention.
Crawl Space and Basement Waterproofing
Crawl space and Basement waterproofing keeps water from returning and prevents future moisture issues. If water finds its way into your basement, chances are it will come back in again. Retaining a mold-free environment requires a custom solution that manages the way that water flows toward your home.
Protect New Construction
If you’re building a new home with a crawl space or basement, waterproofing is necessary for EVERY basement. Talk with your builder about crawl space or basement waterproofing for new construction and educate yourself about the services that are included. Remember, preventative measures reduce the possibility of water damage, so it’s important to know what type of waterproofing services are provided and what type of services may be needed in the future.
If you’re interested in protecting or treating your crawl space or basement for moisture problems, contact Moisture Loc for a free consultation today.