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Crawl Space Waterproofing and Drainage Solutions

Our specialized crawl space waterproofing and drainage solutions are a homeowner’s first line of defense against mold growth, pest infestations, and structural issues

How Do Crawl Spaces Get Wet?

Several factors contribute to crawl spaces becoming wet, including open vents, improper grading, a high groundwater table, plumbing leaks, and hydrostatic pressure.

Open vents can allow moisture to enter the crawl space, particularly during heavy rainfall. This moisture can seep into the soil or condense on surfaces, leading to dampness and potential mold growth. Additionally, open vents can allow pests and rodents to enter the space, further exacerbating the problem.

Improper grading can also lead to a wet crawl space. If the ground around the home slopes towards the foundation, rainwater and other moisture can accumulate and seep into the crawl space. This can be compounded by the fact that many crawl spaces are not correctly sealed, allowing even more moisture to enter.

A high groundwater table can also contribute to crawl space moisture issues. If the water table is close to the surface, moisture can seep through the soil or cracks in the foundation. This can be particularly problematic during heavy rainfall or high water levels.

Plumbing leaks can also lead to wet crawl space. If there is a leak in a pipe running through the crawl space, water can accumulate and cause damage. 

Finally, hydrostatic pressure can be a problem. This occurs when water in the soil exerts pressure on the foundation, causing cracks and allowing moisture to seep in. This can be made worse by heavy rainfall or a high water table.

Our Services

Comprehensive Crawl Space Assessment

Expert Evaluation: We start with a thorough assessment of your crawl space to identify the sources of moisture and evaluate the extent of water damage or potential risks.

Custom-Tailored Plans: Following the assessment, we provide a detailed plan to address your specific crawl space concerns.

Crawl Space Waterproofing

Vapor Barriers: Our high-quality vapor barriers are designed to resist moisture penetration and protect the structure of your home.

Drainage Systems

Internal Drainage: We install specialized interior drainage systems that direct water away from your foundation, reducing the risk of flooding and moisture buildup.

Sump Pump Installation: A sump pump is essential for any crawl space prone to dampness, ensuring that water entering your crawl space is swiftly evacuated.

Moisture Control

Dehumidifiers: Our industrial-strength dehumidifiers maintain optimal humidity levels, protecting your crawl space from mold and mildew.

What Is a Crawl Space Vapor Barrier?

A vapor barrier is a protective layer that prevents moisture from entering a crawl space. Crawl spaces are often located below the ground level of a building and are highly prone to moisture buildup. This moisture can lead to mold growth, wood rot, and structural damage over time. Vapor barriers are installed to create a barrier between the crawl space and the outside environment, preventing moisture from penetrating.

The Benefits of a Crawl Space Vapor Barrier

The benefits of vapor barriers for crawl spaces are numerous. They help prevent mold growth, wood rot, and structural damage caused by moisture buildup. Additionally, they improve indoor air quality by reducing the amount of moisture and mold spores that can enter the living space. Lastly, they can also lower energy bills by reducing the amount of moisture that enters the living space through the crawl space.

How Are Crawl Space Vapor Barriers Installed?

Step 1: Clear out the crawl space

Before installing a vapor barrier in the crawl space, it is crucial to remove any debris, insulation, or standing water that may be present. This will help ensure that the vapor barrier is installed on a clean, dry surface, enhancing its effectiveness.

After sealing the crawl space vents, it is essential to seal any air leaks in the crawl space using foam or caulk. This will prevent any air from entering the space and disrupting the barrier’s effectiveness.

Installing a drainage system within the crawl space will help prevent standing water or moisture from accumulating. This will improve the vapor barrier’s overall effectiveness and help keep the crawl space dry. See below for more information about how a crawl space drainage system works.

After completing the above steps, it is time to install the vapor barrier. The barrier will cover the crawl space walls and floor. Ensuring no gaps in the barrier is essential, as this can compromise effectiveness.

It is crucial to seal the vapor barrier using high-quality adhesive tape. This will prevent any air or moisture from getting into the crawl space.

Finally, a dehumidifier may be installed to remove excess moisture from the air. This helps to maintain a healthy indoor environment and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

When installed correctly, a vapor barrier can last many years, providing long-term benefits to homeowners.

How a Drainage System Keeps Your Crawl Space Dry

A drainage system for a crawl space is a waterproofing solution designed to mitigate moisture buildup and prevent water damage. It is typically installed around the perimeter of the crawl space and involves the installation of a perforated pipe encased in gravel, which is sloped to direct any water toward a sump pump or other drainage system.

The drainage system collects any water entering the crawl space, either from the soil or other sources, such as leaks in the foundation or plumbing. The perforated pipe allows water to flow into it, while the gravel surrounding it helps filter out debris.

The system is particularly useful in areas with high moisture levels, where crawl spaces are particularly vulnerable to water damage. Without proper drainage, moisture can accumulate in the crawl space, leading to mold, mildew, and damage to the home’s foundation and other structural components.

How Is a Crawl Space Drainage System Installed?

Professional waterproofing contractors have the expertise and tools to install a crawl space drainage system.

  • The installation process usually starts with assessing the crawl space to determine the extent of moisture damage and the best approach. 
  • The contractors will then dig a trench around the perimeter of the crawl space and install a perforated drainage pipe. The drainage pipe is strategically positioned to capture water seeping into the crawl space.
  • Next, the contractors will cover the drainage pipe with gravel to prevent soil from clogging the perforations. 
  • If necessary, the contractors will install a sump pit and pump to remove any water collected in the crawl space. When the water in the sump pit reaches a certain level, the sump pump turns on and expels the water away from the crawl space.

The Top 5 Signs That Your Crawl Space May Need Waterproofing and a Drainage System

Standing water or moisture:

If you notice standing water in your crawl space or if the area feels damp or humid, this is a clear sign that your crawl space is not correctly waterproofed. This can lead to mold growth, which can cause health issues and damage your home’s structure.

If your crawl space has a musty or earthy smell, this could be a sign of mold or mildew growth.

A damp or moist crawl space is a magnet for pests like termites, roaches, and rodents. Not only can these pests cause damage to your home, but they can also carry diseases and pose a health risk to your family.

If your flooring is buckling or warping, this could be a sign of moisture damage. Moisture can cause wood to expand and contract, which can lead to these types of issues.

A crawl space that isn’t waterproofed can increase energy bills. This is because humid air is harder to heat and cool.

If you notice any of these signs in your crawl space, it is essential to address them promptly to prevent further damage to your home and to ensure the safety and health of your family. Waterproofing your crawl space is key to maintaining a healthy and functional home.

Before and After Transformations

Proven Success: Case Studies and Testimonials

Hear from our satisfied customers who attest to the quality and durability of our crawl space waterproofing and drainage solutions:

Jesse and Bill were extremely knowledgeable and thorough when they came out for our slumped floors, cracking bricks, and moisture in our crawl space. They spent time mapping the house out, crawl space, and measuring and checking all the footers, piers and etc. They came up with a game plan that made the most sense to fix the situation and left us feeling like we were in good hands. Definitely recommend them for any foundation and crawl space needs compared to other companies who didn’t do near as much investigative work and effort!
Jarid Adkins

Why Choose Us

  • Experience and Expertise: With years of experience and a team of skilled technicians, we understand the nuances of crawl space waterproofing and drainage.
  • Quality Materials: We use only the best materials and industry-leading practices to ensure our services stand the test of time.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Your satisfaction is our priority. From initial consultation to project completion, we strive to exceed expectations.
  • Guaranteed Workmanship: Our services come with a guarantee of quality workmanship and durability.

Secure your home with our specialized crawl space waterproofing and drainage services. Contact us now to schedule an assessment and take the first step toward a durable, moisture-free foundation for your property.