Most people in the Hamilton and Burlington area don’t give much thought to their crawl space. But if you are noticing that your home has a musty odour or that insects seem to appear in your home from out of nowhere, your crawlspace could be the problem.
For homes that do not have a basement, the crawl space is an important feature – particularly in damp areas. It raises the home about 1 to 3 feet off the ground to help keep it dry. It can also be where important features of the home are kept such as the HVAC system and plumbing – making for easy access for repairs, etc.
But when water gets into a crawl space and it becomes damp, it can lead to mould and mildew which can irritate health conditions like asthma and allergies. If left unattended, it can also lead to other damage within the home which can be costly to repair.
At Conterra Foundation and Repair, we are experts in crawl space repair. If you’ve noticed that your crawl space has become damp or has a strange smell, it is important to get it assessed and repaired as soon as possible so that water can be diverted away from it. Remember, that keeping your crawl space in good repair will help to prolong the life your home’s foundation as well!
Crawl space waterproofing in Burlington and Hamilton
If your crawl space needs repair, the team at Conterra will likely recommend one of the following solutions:
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Encapsulation is a process whereby your crawl space is completely sealed off from the outside via a vapour barrier. The vapour barrier is a thick waterproof membrane that seal off the dirt floor and walls so that moisture cannot seep in.
Once the crawl space is sealed off, a dehumidifier can be used to take the moisture out of the air to help prevent mould growth.
The advantages of crawl space encapsulation are as follows:
- Improves the air quality inside your home.
- Increases energy efficiency of your home.
- Helps prevent pipes from freezing during the winter.
- Gives you more usable storage space.
- Helps to keep your floors warmer during cold weather.
- Increases the lifespan of your home’s foundation.
Crawl Space Sump Pumps
Another way to divert water from your crawl space is to install a crawl space sump pump. These are installed in the lowest part of your crawl space. When water begins to fill up inside the sump pit, it activates the pump which diverts water away – usually to a well or storm drain.
Depending on the severity of the problem, the soil surrounding your foundation may need to be unearthed while we install a more effective crawl space drainage system.
Contact Conterra Foundation & Repair today
If you live in the Hamilton or Burlington area, and have noticed that your crawl space seems to be constantly damp, then contact Conterra Foundation and Repair today. Our team has years of experience so you can be confident that you’ll get the job done right the first time.
For a free on-site assessment and quote, contact us today.