Crawlspace Waterproofing / Crawl Space Encapsulation
For effective crawl space waterproofing and to create a comfortable home, first you need to first insulate your crawlspace for energy efficiency. Only with crawl space encapsulation can you properly control the moisture in your crawlspace.
A crawlspace is susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems because of contact with the earth. The best approaches for preventing these problems will depend on the style of your home. However, the following are general guidelines for crawl space waterproofing and encapsulation. These guidelines apply to most crawl space designs.
- Keep all untreated wood materials away from the earth.
- Damp proof the below-grade portion of the foundation wall to prevent the wall from absorbing ground moisture by capillary action.
- Install drainage plane material or gravel against the foundation wall to relieve hydrostatic pressure and channel water to the foundation drain.
- Provide a foundation drainage system at the footing when the foundation floor (interior grade) is below the exterior grade. Surround the crawlspace with a perforated Flat Track drain channel and gravel, and pitch to a sealed sump pump system.
- Install 10-mil commercial grade reinforced vapor barrier across the crawl space floor to prevent soil moisture from migrating into the crawl space. Overlap and tape all seams by several inches. Seal completely up the crawl space walls and as an option, install a floor drainage system leading to a sump pump.
If your Massachusetts basement is wet or damp or moldy or it leaks, we can fix it.
Call us for your free estimate on crawl space waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation at 413-297-3080, 508-736-3371, or 978-494-7073.