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Crawl Spaces

crawl space with upper floor insulation and wooden support beams

The care of basements and crawl spaces can be very similar in some cases and completely different in others. It’s going to depend on the type of building that we’re dealing with. In many instances, it can be said that crawl spaces are more of an area to be worried about than an asset to the home. In our view, these are areas that you have to keep a watchful eye on regardless. The most dangerous turn of events usually stems from folks literally forgetting to check on their crawlspaces. Here are a couple of things that we can do to make sure that things don’t get out of hand.

Inspections Are Basically The Key To Everything

The first thing that we need to do is to make sure we understand what the problem is. The best way that we can potentially figure that out is through a total inspection of the area. If we see the presence of moisture or actual drops of water we need to find the source. If we find mold that can be another negative indication.

Is Waterproofing Going To Be Enough?

It really depends on what the current state of your crawl space is. Most of the time if you are waterproof within what we could call reasonable time frames and make sure to keep an eye on the area from time to time you should be fine if the waterproofing is done right. The problem is trying to treat each problem just by waterproofing. If we see mold and we see structural damage and we are just waterproof that’s not going to help all that much. If the area is otherwise in decent shape and you are waterproof you can be fine.

How Often Should You Inspect/Waterproof The Area?

This could be something that you look into maybe on a yearly basis. If you’ve had trouble with your crawlspace over the years it can certainly be a good idea to get the area looked out maybe every 6 months. Particularly in the part of the year that we tend to get a lot of rain here in Springfield. If things work well, the way can actually keep the existing vapor barriers for an extended period of time. When you keep a record of what’s going on you won’t have to overly rely on waterproofing every couple of months or anything like that.   

Is There A Time of Year Where These Areas Could Be More Vulnerable?

Of course, if it’s raining a lot during certain times of the year we could have a problem. If the temperatures get too cold the problems could actually start showing a little bit after a freeze. When it’s hot and dry there are potentially fewer problems that you would have to worry about. Give us a call or contact us and we’ll be able to help you figure out the perfect time frame for all of your waterproofing needs. This, to make sure that you are always properly protected.

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