Crawlspace waterproofing is about much more than simply having a waterproof barrier installed in the space. There are various factors that need to be considered and issues that need to be attended to in order to keep the crawlspace clean and dry for the long term. This is one of the most important reasons to hire a professional for the job. They will ensure that different aspects of waterproofing are considered to prevent future problems.
This is a fungus that affects wood. Contrary to its name, it grows on wood with high moisture content. Therefore, if your crawlspace is flooded or has leaks, there is a good chance that various wooden structures in the space have been affected by dry rot. If the fungus is allowed to continue growing in the space, it will compromise the structural integrity of your home. The floor beams and other critical components of the home will become weak.
An expert waterproofing contractor will inspect the wooden structures in your crawlspace for dry rot. They will have the infested wood replaced and the space treated to prevent further damage to structures.
Mold is also a fungus that thrives in environments with high moisture levels. Mold infestations are a common occurrence in crawlspaces that are affected by water issues. The presence of black mold is of particular concern. The spores of this mold dispersed in the air in the crawlspace will rise into the home above where they can cause various health issues when inhaled.
Your contractor should inspect the space for mold. If an infestation is discovered, you should invest in mold remediation before the waterproofing of your crawlspace commences. This will help to prevent future infestations.
Damp crawlspaces provide the perfect environment in which pests can thrive. These spaces are likely to be home to pests such as raccoons, rats and cockroaches. Having the space inspected for signs of pests and investing in extermination or pest control services will help to ensure your crawlspace is clean for the long term.
The soil underneath your home gives off various gases such as methane and radon. Radon is one of the most abundant and dangerous of the gases that rise from the soil into the home. It has been shown to be the second most common cause of lung cancer. A professional contractor will have a barrier installed in the space. This will keep soil gases such as radon from rising into the crawlspace and affecting the quality of air in your home.