Waterproofing and encapsulating your crawl space is one of the best things you can do to protect your home from avoidable damage during winter (and the spring thaw). Better yet, it’s fairly easy to do; a professional can apply the fixes you need and spot any other problem signs that may crop up along the way, so you can move on into spring and summer with a crawl space that’s better prepared. The only thing that will really prevent you from waterproofing your crawl space this winter is incredibly wet weather.
Can I Waterproof and Seal My Crawl Space in Winter?
In short, yes you can.
There is a myth that crawl space waterproofing is not possible during winter, but this is not true—wet weather is the problem, not the season or the temperature. Of course, it’s more comfortable to work on a crawl space when it is warmer. Winters in St. Louis, MO, can be punishing, but winter waterproofing has its benefits.
For example, when you decide you want to hire a professional to waterproof your crawl space, you will find that companies have much more availability in winter. This is because winter is technically the off-season.
Likewise, if you encapsulate your crawl space when you get dry days in winter, you will protect it from the deluge that often comes with the thaw in spring. All you need to do is deploy a few simple, cost-effective waterproofing measures offered by the professionals.
4 Steps to Crawl Space Waterproofing This Winter
When you’re trying to encapsulate your crawl space, the first step is to book an inspection. This should be with a crawl space repair company that specializes in this field. After all, it’s sensible precaution will help identify any red flags or warning signs before you begin encapsulation. It’s better to know you have sagging floor joists now, rather than finding out when a section of your floor collapses.
By arranging for a crawl space inspection, you can get a clear look at your situation before problems escalate into more serious (and more costly) issues.
Cover Crawl Space Vents
First and foremost, a professional can provide you with well-fitting crawl space vent covers (if you have vents). These will keep dirt, debris, and water, out of your crawl space, as well as make it more difficult for pests to get inside. Good crawl space vent covers will also maintain a stable climate in your crawl space, minimizing the likelihood of burst pipes and fluctuating humidity.
Address Leaking Water
If you have an active problem with water leaking into your crawl space, you need a way to intercept it before it forms puddles or starts to flood this area of your home. An interior drainage system does just that by catching any leaking water and directing it to a sump pump system. The sump pump then effectively removes the water from your crawl space.
Hard foam insulation is waterproof and very simple to install; a professional could insulate your crawl space walls and floor in one day or less. Better still, the results are remarkable. Once installed, insulation will repel any water that does seep through your walls to prevent it from getting into your crawl space.
Install a Vapor Barrier
Installing a durable vapor barrier is the icing on the cake, so to speak. The thick, waterproof plastic is easy for professionals to install and will completely seal your crawl space away from the dirt and dampness. As a result, your crawl space will stay dry and clean.
The Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation
The most obvious benefit of crawl space encapsulation is a reduction in dampness and humidity in your home. This will prevent the many issues that dampness can bring.
Moreover, it will create a more controlled climate in your crawl space and home, as your crawl space will retain heat or cold generated by your HVAC system. This will lead to lower energy bills and a more comfortable environment in your home.
You can also use your newly sealed crawl space as a storage area for seasonal items you don’t often use or need access to. That helps free up storage space in your home. Get started by contacting Foundation Recovery Systems for a free crawl space inspection and repair quote today!