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Crawlspace Waterproofing

Mapping Your Crawlspace Waterproofing

Many homes in Atlanta are built on a crawl space. Before you decide to invest in crawlspace waterproofing, it helps to understand exactly what the space entails and the function it serves. Crawl spaces are rarely given a second thought, other than perhaps during the initial inspection process during a home’s sale. You may see the term show up on flyers and in descriptions but rarely do most civilians understand the exact purpose they serve. At its most basic, a crawl space is essentially a hollow area under the floors of some homes existing between the ground and the first floor. 

Aside from keeping your home elevated and off of the ground, a crawl space can also serve as an inconspicuous and sequestered place to contain the “guts” of your home. Normally these appliances such as air conditioners, heaters, ductwork, insulation, electrical wiring, and plumbing are on full display in basements. The crawl space is thus another area that houses important elements of your home. 

Incidentally, by their very nature crawlspaces offer insulation and unrestricted access to some of your home’s most important features. As such if you need to address certain problems it’s easy to do so. In fact, crawlspaces are often already helpful in mitigating water damage by their very nature. However, there are still a lot of sensible reasons as to why waterproofing makes sense.


How a Crawlspace is Waterproofed

Now that you know a bit more about the crawlspace, it’s safe to say that waterproofing them is a smart idea. Particularly if the space houses pertinent components of your home’s overall functionality. Sometimes the problem might come straight to you, as you’ll see standing water in your crawlspace. This is a surefire indication that action should be taken to ensure its welfare and health. As a key element of your home’s foundation, an affected crawlspace can signal disaster. 

Unfortunately, as convenient as a crawlspace can be, they also provide open spots for pests and vermin to accumulate, including water. Standing water is also a breeding ground for molds and diseases and should not be taken lightly. To prevent the following from overtaking this space, we encapsulate the entirety of it covering walls, grounds, columns, and any other foundational element. In turn, we provide an insulated space that remains dry and repels pests. 

Vanguard is proud to be one of the few contractors that use the elite dimpled waterproofing matting. This extraordinary material is yet another defense against damaging forces and something we just so happen to specialize in. Dimpled matting is a practical solution that helps reduce the chance of debris puncturing the vapor barrier. Along with the dimpled matting we also insure that we use the "Aprilaire 1850 dehumidifier" the best dehumidifier in its class to guarantee there will be no water in your crawl space after we leave your home!


An Investment With Real Chances for Increased Value

Admittedly, it might not seem necessary to install such a multi-faceted system for your crawlspace. However, the investment today can definitely help you earn a profit down the line. When well taken care of, a crawlspace can prove beneficial for potential homebuyers, especially if you’ve taken the proper care to ensure its welfare and functionality. Not only do you get the peace of mind knowing a pertinent space of your home is taken care of, but you also get to leverage it for increased property costs down the line. For those interested, we highly encourage a comprehensive crawlspace overhaul.

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