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Crawl Space Waterproofing in Michigan

Do you have water in your crawl space? Did you know that having water in your crawl space poses a number of different problems like health concerns to home safety. Damp and flooded crawl spaces can breed harmful molds and bacteria, molds grow on damp materials. The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of excess water or moisture. Lowering the moisture also helps reduce pests such as dust mites, cockroaches, spiders which are attracted to dark wet places. Worst of all, it causes structural damage to your home and your house will NOT pass a home inspection with water in your crawl space. We are StayDry® Basement Waterproofing, your local crawl space experts throughout greater Michigan including Grand RapidsLansingKalamazooBattle Creek, JacksonAnn Arbor, and the West Michigan Lake shore as well as Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Livingston Counties. StayDry has expanded to now also service Northern Indiana and Ohio including South Bend, Michigan City, Elkhart, LaGrange, and Angola as well as Bryan, Napoleon, Findlay and Toledo. With our well trained, experienced, and reliable crews, we're always ready to help you out with your repair.

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In order to maintain a healthy environment in your crawl space you need to remove and prevent the causes of moisture. StayDry® will inspect the exterior of your home as well as the crawl space to determine if you may need to simply alter the grade of the soil surrounding the home or install and extend downspouts. There are many different ways that moisture enters your dwelling and our foundation consultants will help explain to you where the moisture is coming from and how to affordably prevent it.

We now know that venting is not a great solution for keeping crawl spaces clean and dry. Indeed, venting will only help increase moisture levels if the outside air is more humid than the air inside, or when enough hot outside air enters and warms the area. New studies have shown that as air enters the space through the foundation vents and comes in contact with surfaces that have been cooled by the cold air in the ducts, the dew point is reached and condensation occurs. This is the relationship between temperature and relative humidity. When condensation forms on various surfaces within the environment, you have the ideal environment for mold, mildew, and the accompanying problems they create in your home.

At least half of the air we breathe comes from underneath our homes and up through the floor and venting system, this is called "the stack effect".

"The stack effect," is a natural phenomenon of constant movement of air through the house. Here's how it works: When hot air rises, most of it finds ways to escape into the upper areas of a house and then outside. As the hot air leaves the building, cool air rushes in through leaky windows, doors and crawl space vents to replace it and repeat the cycle. The air in the crawl space that gets sucked up into the living area brings with it moisture, dust, allergens, mold spores and soil gases. If the stack effect is causing air to be drawn into the house through the lower levels, then any possibility of meaningful cross-ventilation, allowing moist air to leave through the vents, is negated.

For high humidity levels and condensation we will discuss with you the benefits of installing Electronic Humidity Control Systems, this removes the moist, humid air. If you have water intrusion, we will closely inspect and evaluate the crawl space then discuss your options. If necessary, we can install a full perimeter drainage system into your crawl space that'll have you safe and dry in no time.

Once you have properly secured your home from the sources of humidity and moisture, building a vapor barrier, sometimes called a "vapor diffusion retarder" (VDR) or Encapsulation, in your crawl space is the next step.

StayDry® has your Answers!

StayDry® crawl space experts have the answers for affordable crawl space Encapsulation. We take a thorough and effective approach to waterproofing crawl spaces. Traditional methods of using thin plastic Visqueen work for a while, but eventually the plastic cracks and exposes the earth and elements beneath. This results in a moist, musty and dirty crawl space again. As explained above the other method of "letting the crawl space breathe" has failed as well.

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