With torrential rains on the way, it's time to get your home protected against water damage. You may have cleaned the gutters and installed additional drainage, but you may have one additional step that needs to be taken. If you have a crawl space in your home, you need to make sure that it's waterproofed before the rains arrive. Here are four problems that may point to problems with your crawl space waterproofing.

Mold Growth Along the Base of Your Walls

If your home has developed a musty or moldy smell, you need to take a closer look. You may not see mold out in the open, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. This is particularly true if you have a crawl space. To make sure you don't have hidden mold, start moving your furniture away from the walls. This is an area where mold can hide without detection, especially when crawl space moisture is the cause. Moisture from the crawl space creates the perfect environment for mold growth. As the mold grows on the walls of your crawl space, it spreads through the flooring into your home. If you find mold behind your furniture, inspect your crawl space. If the mold begins in the crawl space, it's time for waterproofing.

Standing Water in Your Crawl Space

If you end up with standing water in your crawl space after each rain storm, you need to contact a waterproofing contractor right away. That standing water is a sure sign that your home is not protected against water damage. With proper waterproofing, water will be blocked from gaining access to your crawl space, which will prevent damage that could destroy your home.

Interior Floors Have Significant Sloping

If you've begun to feel a distinct slope when you walk across your floors, moisture in your crawl space is undermining the structural integrity of your home. Without repairs and proper waterproofing, your floor will eventually collapse into the crawl space. When that happens, you'll be looking at extensive repairs to get your home livable again. Don't postpone the repairs to your crawl space. Have the area waterproofed as soon as possible.

No Previous Waterproofing

If your inspection of the crawl space shows no signs of previous waterproofing, now's the time to take care of that. Without proper waterproofing, your home may have already suffered significant damage. In fact, if you're having problems with pest infestations, excess moisture in your home, or poor energy efficiency, those issues may all be directly related to your lack of crawl space waterproofing.

For more information, contact a waterproofing company like Central Penn Waterproofing.

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