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There are many different reasons that a crawl space can have problems with moisture, and it takes an expert to inspect and determine what is causing the problem. You don’t want someone to just show up and pull out a preformed solution for your home. In the end, you’ll want a crawl space waterproofing specialist who can determine the exact problem and then design a system that will permanently solve the problem.
Listed below are some of the most common causes for water leaks into your crawl space.
A common way for water to enter the home is through surface water penetration, which is when water begins to “pool up” and stand around your home. It can be caused by large amounts of water running off the roof, or just by poor yard grading. When water starts pooling up around your home like this, it becomes increasingly easy for it to find its way into your home through any vulnerabilities.
Another common cause for water entering your crawl space is through something called ground water penetration. Simply put, this is when the levels of moisture in the clay surrounding your home start to build up, leaving the excess water with no place to go except inside your home. The water usually comes in where the wall and the footer meet, then appears on the soil in the crawl space. This can saturate the soil, and in the worst cases it will leave standing water throughout the crawl space.
Probably the most common cause for moisture in your crawl space is something very simple: humidity. Even if actual liquid water isn’t leaking into your home through the causes listed above, it can still easily come in through humid air. This can happen to any crawl space under the right (or wrong) conditions.
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