Your home is your castle. It is your space away from the hustle and bustle of the world outside. While some repairs might be normal, others tend to leave you bewildered at what you can do to get your home back in peak condition. If you have a crawl space in your home, there are a few different repairs that you want to make sure it is in top condition to prevent added problems down the road like mold. Check out some of the worst mistakes in crawl space repairs for your home.
Stapling the vapor barrier to the joists for the floor.
One of the worst things you can do for your home is to staple the vapor barrier to the joists for the floor. This causes the wood to rot and mold to set in. While some believe that stapling the barrier to the joists is going to help prevent moisture from getting into all of the wood components underneath of the home, that isn't the case.
Since the majority of crawl spaces have some type of venting system in place, the cooler areas like your pipes and ducts are going to form condensation on them during the warmer, summer months. When you have the plastic in place, you are only causing the moisture to stay in place and rot the wood away. Once the joists are soaked, you are going to need to replace them to prevent even more damage.
Installing the drainage systems incorrectly.
After a heavy rain, you might notice a bunch of water on the floor of your crawl space. Water can enter the space for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, there are a number of solutions to help remove or prevent the water from pooling in your crawl space. One of the worst things you can do is to ignore the water and hope it is going to go away on its own. Sump pumps alone aren't able to get rid of all the water pooling in your crawl space. You need to have a perimeter drain installed to help intercept all of the water coming in and push it to your pump.
When you have a crawl space in your home, you need to make sure it is taken care of properly. Ignoring it or not taking care of it the right way could end up leading to a number of different problems that are quite costly. (For more information on crawl space repair, contact a company such as Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.)Share