Many homes have basement water seepage issues, but homes with crawlspaces can have water problems too. In other words, even if you don’t have a traditional full basement, you still might need the services of a basement waterproofing professional.
Problems in basements are often seen fairly soon after they crop up, but seepage issues in crawlspaces often go unnoticed. Many people finish their basements and use them to provide some extra living space, like a rec room, a teenager’s bedroom or a TV area. Other people just use their basements for storage, but either way basements tend to be used more often than crawlspaces. Some people don’t go into their crawlspace more than once or twice a year, if that. If you’re one of them, water could be in your crawlspace long before you notice any of the signs.
No one should disregard any signs of water seeping into their basement. The damage the water can create is just too severe to ignore. A Chicago-area homeowner who sees signs of basement water should call a seepage Chicago contractor so the professionals can look into it right away. It works the same way if you see signs of water in your crawlspace. Catch the problem early, before it gets worse and causes potentially significant damage.
You might not think water in a crawlspace could cause a lot of damage. After all, it’s not a finished area. You don’t watch TV in your crawlspace and your teenage son doesn’t sleep in there. If you use your crawlspace at all, it’s probably just to store items that aren’t used very often. Unfortunately, water could be seeping in and causing unnoticed damage to those items. Even worse, the water could also damage your home’s foundation wall. And, besides causing damage, a wet crawlspace might be harboring toxic mold. That’s a health hazard you don’t want to deal with.
Water can enter a crawlspace in the same sorts of ways it gets into a basement. Hydrostatic pressure caused by saturated ground near the exterior perimeter of the home is often responsible for forcing water into a crawlspace. Some common entry points include:
- The cove joint;
- Cracks in the foundation wall;
- Deteriorated mortar between the concrete blocks of the foundation wall;
- Excessively porous material used for the foundation wall, whether it’s faulty poured concrete, brick, or concrete blocks); and
- The floor of the crawlspace (many do not have poured concrete floors).
If you see any signs of water in your crawlspace, it’s important to call an expert seepage Chicago company to evaluate the situation. Trained professionals will identify the cause of the problem and recommend one or more effective basement waterproofing solutions. You’ll be protecting your possessions and your home from further damage.Google+