Why is crawl space waterproofing important?

Did you know the condition of your crawl space encapsulation affects the environment of your living space upstairs? It’s true. A damp, musty crawl space can cause mold and indoor air quality issues in your home or business. The good news is you can combat the threat of water and moisture by sealing off your crawl space. That is essentially what crawl space waterproofing does. Water and condensation can easily infiltrate your crawl space. This is because crawl space floors are usually dirt or gravel. They are occasionally concrete. Groundwater can seep up through the floor, and vents or cracks in the foundation can allow rainwater in. Your crawl space may house plumbing, HVAC, and other utilities which can cause additional condensation. It can also help your HVAC work more efficiently meaning a warmer home and lower heating bills.


Signs you need Crawl Space Waterproofing

·         Stagnant water in your crawl space.

·         Annoying bugs and rodents inside your home.

·         Air in your house is significantly moist.

·         Energy bills are high. The crawl space is sending unheated or uncooled air into your home, forcing your heating and cooling system to work harder.

·         Floors are sloping. Sagging floors in your home indicate that your wooden beam support system may be at risk. A wet crawl space can ruin your support beams. If your beams start to decay, then your floors will begin to droop.


Benefits of Crawl Space Waterproofing

·         Reduce moisture and mustiness

·         Reduces likelihood danger of mold

·         Increase energy efficiency

·         Improve air quality

·         Reduce insects and other pests

·         You can save on average 15%-25% on heating and cooling


It is very important to keep the air quality in the crawl space as safe as the rest of your home. That’s because the air in the crawl space will rise with warmer air and enter your home. The air in the crawl space will also enter your home via ductwork and HVAC systems that reside in the crawl space. So, if your crawl space is filled with mold, mildew, and standing water, you are breathing that in.


The Bam Way of Crawl Space Waterproofing

·         Removing and disposing of debris in the crawl space

·         Resolving water leakage if there is any

·         Install a sump pump for underground drainage

·         Installing a vapor barrier on the floor and walls

·         Seal the vents and other outside air leaks

·         Install a dehumidifier


Choosing a company for your Crawl Space waterproofing

As you can see,  waterproofing your basement or crawl space goes beyond a weekend do-it-yourself project. It’s a wise choice to hire a Waterproofing expert to do the job right the first time. Deciding to hire an expert is a big decision, but so is choosing to waterproof your basement or crawl space. To find the right contractor you want to do your homework and check out their reviews. Look for references, also look for a company who offers limited warranties. If your waterproofing expert has been servicing local homes for a while, that’s a good indicator that they’ll still be there if you need them in the future. Get some estimates, have a few companies come out and talk with you and provide quotes.

Here at BAM basements and Masons of Des Moines we pride ourselves on delivering every consideration to total customer satisfaction with the highest quality workmanship, and limited lifetime warranties, having over 100 years combined of expertise on waterproofing, we are locally founded, owned, and operated. Call us for all your waterproofing needs and we will find a customized solution to fit your home’s needs. BAM Basements and Masons of Des Moines is your premier basement egress window company serving the Des Moines, Iowa area. If you’re located in Des Moines, Ankeny, Bondurant, Altoona, Pleasant hill, Ames, Adel, Waukee, Indianola, Grimes, Urbandale, Johnston, West Des Moines, or the surrounding areas, we’re the place to call.


1 thought on “Why is crawl space waterproofing important?”

  1. Thank you for explaining how crawl space waterproofing can help with saving you money on your heating and cooling. I wouldn’t have made that connection at all when considering getting this done. I’ll have to mention it to my husband since it seems like it will make our home more energy efficient.

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