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If you like to store items in your crawl space, but the items keep getting wet and moldy, you need to protect your space and your items. There are a few ways that you can keep moisture out of the space, and this will help preserve the crawl foundation at the same time.
You can have a contractor come to inspect the foundation crawlspace to make sure there are no major leaks or concerns. After the inspection, have insulation blown throughout the crawl, have the cement sealed with a waterproofing agent, and improve the ventilation.
Adding spray foam insulation throughout the crawl space is going to provide a few different benefits. The insulation is going to act as a barrier to keep moisture out of the space and off of the foundation. It's also going to help prevent heat loss through the floor of the home, to help heating and cooling efficiency. The insulation additionally provides a barrier if cracks occur to keep out pests.
A new vent opening to the crawl space to help regulate the temperature can prevent condensation from occurring, which may be causing the dampness, mold, and mildew. The inspector may tell you that you need a new ventilation pipe, but if not you should ask a contractor to install it for you. After heavy rainfalls or during the spring when the snow melts, you may want to use a dehumidifier in the space.
A waterproofing sealant can be put on the foundation around the crawl space to keep moisture out, and to stop moisture from damaging the foundation if it accumulates from condensation on the walls. You should do this all around the crawl space, even on the floor. You can also add this to the exterior of the foundation if you wish. The waterproofing sealant can be purchased and done yourself, but the experts know how to apply it properly and how much.
If your crawl space is always musty and you want to use it to store items that are important to you, take the time to prevent moisture from entering the space. This is going to help prevent your foundation from getting moisture damage and deteriorating, which could devalue the home and make it unsafe. Hire a contractor, such as Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc., right away to make sure there isn't significant damage from the moisture, and make the necessary improvements needed to restore the crawl space.Share