As beautiful as Indiana is, the climate and soil provide unique challenges for an Indianapolis home’s foundation. Between the rain, snow, and humidity, Indiana is a pretty consistently damp state. Wet conditions can cause a number of foundation problems as the soil expands, contracts, erodes, or fails to drain water away from your home. Combine these weather patterns with variations in soil composition, proximity to a body of water, or the height of a given region’s water table, and homeowners could face a lot of problems from nature that require crawl space repair.
If the ground under your foundation is weak, your foundation could begin to sink, your walls warp and crack, your floors sag, and your home may face other costly structural damage. It’s important for you as a homeowner to check for signs of water damage and foundation problems, including your crawl space. Here are three pieces of advice for homeowners looking to tackle their crawl space problems.
1. Redirect the Water
Water can cause damage whether it’s in your home or not. Outside the home, it’s saturating the soil and pressing on your basement walls; inside the home, it’s damaging your belongings and foundation. It’s impossible to completely waterproof your crawlspace, but it shouldn’t have leaks or standing water, and you need to find a way to get the water out of that space. Your crawlspace needs a drainage system to help remove water and redirect it somewhere else. Acculevel has water tunneling, geo channeling, and sump pump options for Indianapolis crawl space repair.
2. Waterproof the Area
Once the water is out, you need to do everything you can to keep it out. It might seem like a tall order in a state like Indiana, but it’s necessary to help protect your home. Installing a basement or crawlspace liner like WhiteCap encapsulation gives your crawlspace a vapor barrier as well as an antimicrobial shield to keep out moisture as well as mold, preventing two major foundation problems. Keep your crawlspace as sealed off from water as possible, which includes making sure there aren’t too many vents. While vents are vital for air circulation, they could also bring in humid air and therefore water.
3. Treat and Prevent Mold Growth
Excess moisture creates optimal conditions for mold growth, which leads to damage to organic materials in your home and foundation and reduces your indoor air quality. Treating the mold once you spot it and preventing it from coming back will do wonders for your foundation—Acculevel uses a water-based fungicidal coating to keep mold, mildew, and other fungi from growing.
Acculevel Crawl Space Repair
Your crawl space isn’t supposed to look pretty, and it will never be completely dry, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it before larger problems come up. Avoiding crawl space repair can affect the rest of your home in big ways, so it’s worth it to get small problems fixed before they become bigger. To schedule a free home inspection with a basement waterproofing or reconditioning estimate, contact Acculevel online.