The Importance of Crawl Space Waterproofing Before Winter

Crawl Space Waterproofing Should be Done Before the Winter

Crawl space waterproofing is just part of preparing your house for winter. Waterproofing in general is about prevention and preparation. If you can prevent water from ever entering your basement or crawl space in the first place, then you can avoid water damages, mold growth and other contaminants from causing issues in your house.

Summer is the best time for crawl space waterproofing

Fall and spring tend to be the busiest time of year for waterproofing contractors. Homeowners tend to be reactive and only call a waterproofing contractor when the basement or crawl space is flooded. However, the best time to actually call a waterproofing contractor is before the rain starts. The truly best time to waterproof a basement or crawl space is in the dry summer months. These make for the best working conditions and waterproofing contractors are typically more available. If you wait until your basement is flooded, a good waterproofing contractor may be booked out for weeks. If you have a waterproofing contractor complete the crawl space waterproofing before the wet season, then you won’t have problems to deal with come spring.

Health issues with moisture in your crawl space

Remember, there are health issues that come with high moisture levels in the crawl space. There should never be standing water or moisture in your crawl space. Keep the relative humidity level at 50% in the crawl space. Any more than that will create the perfect environment for mold growth and rot. Mold spores are dangerous if people breathe them in. If mold is in the crawl space, you can’t think it won’t affect you. The air in the crawl space is actually transferred upstairs through a natural air exchange known as chimney effect. The air is pulled up from the lower levels of the house into the upper levels. More energy efficient building envelops actually create a bigger indoor air quality problem.

If these mold spores come into the air upstairs it can cause allergies, respiratory problems and exasperate asthma symptoms. While there is no proven cause for asthma in children, there are several theories that mold and biocontaminants in the indoor air are culprits. While it may or may not be the cause of asthma it has been proven to make asthma symptoms worse.

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The Importance of Installing a Sump Pump with the Winter Storm Boreas in Effect

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Winter storm Boreas hasn’t been making this Thanksgiving travel season any easier for us New Jersey homeowners. Whether you’re having trouble catching the next flight out to go see family for the holidays, or you’re worried about your basement flooding due to the large volume of water and wind pounding the area, you’ve likely got a lot to worry about. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have a waterproofing system as well as a functioning sump pump.

Multiple inches of heavy rain and high winds brought by Boreas certainly create plenty of opportunity for extended power outages and seepage due to ground saturation. Here are a few things to look out for.

Power Outages

Your waterproofing system relies on a sump pump to pump the water collected by your waterproofing system out and away from your foundation. Your sump pump relies on electricity from your home in order to operate. Without power, your waterproofing system essentially becomes a “bowl” for the water to collect and potentially flood up into your home.

Sump Pump Motor Burnout

With heavy rains come a heavy burden on your sump pump. As more water flows into the sump basin and fills up more rapidly and more often, your pump has to work harder to pump it out. If the water volume coming in is greater than the amount of water your pump is able to pump out, your pump could be at risk for burning out completely.

Sill Plate Seepage

With increase rainfall comes more water pooling in your yard and along your foundation. Sump pumps and gutter downspouts can also significantly contribute to this standing water. This poses a risk of seepage coming in from the sill plate, or the seam at or near ground-level where the rest of your home rests upon the top of your foundation walls.

Remember to test those sump pumps, and extend those discharge links and gutter downspouts. The idea in a heavy storm like this is to direct as much water away from your foundation as possible, while maximizing the pumping efficiency of your existing waterproofing system. And one final pro tip for you, if you haven’t already invested in a battery operated backup pump yet, DO IT! It can mean the difference between a dry, healthy basement and a flooded basement!

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