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Homeowners are always worried about some sort of foundation failure causing damage to different parts of their home. One part of the home that many homeowners forget about until it becomes an issue is the crawlspace. Because moisture often seeps into crawlspaces, it is not uncommon for water damage to occur in crawlspaces and basements. The important question for these homeowners to ask is, what is the cost of waterproofing my crawlspace? Maybe an even more important question is, what is the cost of NOT waterproofing my crawlspace. The team at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair has answers to your questions about crawlspace water damage repair and crawlspace waterproofing costs.
The first thing to understand about crawlspaces is that they are almost always very susceptible to water leakage and water damage. This is because crawlspaces sit underground, where groundwater can easily seep through the foundation walls that enclose the crawlspace. If the ground around your crawlspace soaks in a lot more water than normal, it can cause hydrostatic pressure in the soil to increase. This pressure puts stress on your foundation walls, which can cause them to crack or shift. Cracks allow water to seep through the concrete, while shifted foundation walls might cause gaps to form between the foundation and the home’s floor. These gaps are also an entry point for water leakage.
Surface water can also cause leakage. When your yard is not sloped away from the home, water will collect in puddles near your foundation. The longer these puddles remain near the concrete, the likelier it is that the water will start to seep through the porous concrete that makes up the foundation walls. This not only creates a water leakage problem in the crawlspace but the constant water seepage will also weaken the concrete itself.
The cost of crawlspace repair depends on how extensive the damage is and what kind of repairs are needed. Some of the most common repair methods for various crawlspace issues and water problems include:
If you are thinking that the above costs sound high, think about the cost of NOT waterproofing your crawlspace. The longer you let the damage continue to worsen without remedy, the worse the problems will become. This will only lead to more expensive and detailed repairs. More water leakage leads to more water stains, wood rot, and rust. More water seepage can weaken the foundation and result in foundation failure. Higher levels of humidity can create a dam atmosphere in the crawlspace, leading to mold growth that negatively impacts the quality of air in your home.
Call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair to get a free estimate for crawlspace waterproofing and any other kinds of repairs that you need. Our team works to give you the highest quality at an affordable price. Let us know how we can help answer questions about crawlspace waterproofing costs today.