You may not think about the space under your house that much, but the crawl space under your house plays an important role in the structure of your home. It provides access to plumbing and electrical and makes up the base of your home. You don't want the base of your home to fill with water or become infested with mold. You want to keep water out of your crawl space in order to keep your foundation strong and in order to have access the necessary elements of your home.
Keep The Air Dry
One of the first things that you should do is make sure that you are keeping the air inside of your crawl space dry. You don't want there to be too much moisture down in your crawl space, which could lead to mold.
To keep the air dry, make sure to install polyethylene vapor barrier between your crawl space interior walls. This will ensure that moisture doesn't get into your home or seep into the concrete.
Have A System for Removing Water
Second, you should have a system for removing water from your crawl space, such as a sump pump. A sump pump is a great back-up measure to have in place.
If water does ever get into your crawl space, your sump pump will be activated. It will then pump the water out of your basement and into your drainage system. Your sump pump can even be attached to a battery backup system so that it will work even if the power goes out.
Direct Water Away From Your Home
Third, make sure that you direct water away from your home. If water is not properly directed away from your home, it could very easily end up in the crawl space under your home.
To start with, you should apply a waterproof application to the concrete around your home. You should have a base of gravel around the edge the foundation of your home. On top of that, you should have a tile based drainage system in place.
You should also make sure that you clean out the gutters on your home regularly so that the water from your roof flows through your drainage system and not into your crawlspace.
Keep water out of your crawl space by making sure that your drainage system is set up to direct water away from your home. Protect your crawlspace against water by installing a sump pump in your crawl space and by making sure that the proper vapor barriers are in place to prevent the build-up of moisture. Contact a company like State Wide Waterproofing for waterproofing help.