The winters in Denver, CO, may be cold, but it’s the spring thaw that presents the most severe danger of water damage and dampness issues in your home. Unsurprisingly, your crawl space is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home when it comes to external flooding, especially if you have crawl space vents. As such, waterproofing and encapsulation are all-important if you want to maintain a healthy and dry crawl space.
Can You Waterproof a Crawl Space in Winter?
Encapsulating or waterproofing your crawl space is one of the best things that you can do to protect your home from dampness, pest infestation, and mold formation. As a plus, it’s shockingly easy to do.
Despite this, there is a common misconception that encapsulation can only be completed during summer. Certainly, it is easier and far more comfortable to undertake any work in a crawl space during the summer – especially in Colorado, where the winters can be brutally cold. Even still, the only real requirement for basic crawl space waterproofing is a dry day and a crawl space with no underlying damage.
After all, there’s no point in sealing dampness and water into your crawl space—that’s guaranteed to cause mold formation and many other issues. Plus, encapsulation will cover up the signs of damage to your crawl space, which means that if issues begin to snowball, you won’t know until they become very serious. So, if you know that you have damage to your crawl space, you should repair that before you begin waterproofing.
How to Waterproof Your Crawl Space Like A Pro
As you investigate waterproofing your crawl space, you’ll need professional help. This is a safety measure to ensure you do not have underlying issues that need to be addressed before you seal your crawl space.
With an expert on the job, they’ll likely start with your crawl space vents. Many older properties with crawl spaces in Denver, CO, have crawl space vents because they were believed to prevent issues with dampness. These days, we know better, but that doesn’t remove the vents that are already in place. While removing these vents is an option, it is far more cost-effective to simply install durable vent covers. Good vent covers will keep out water, pests, and debris, making your crawl space far drier and cleaner in the long run.
Once your vents have been covered, a professional will generally insulate your crawl space. Foam insulation comes in a rigid form for the walls and as mats for the floor. It’s durable and waterproof, making it perfect for your crawl space. It is also easy to cut to size and has a very simple installation process. When that’s matched with a perimeter drainage system, any water that seeps through your walls will trickle down into the drains and be whisked away to the sump pump for effective removal.
Once you have insulated your crawl space, installing a vapor barrier will be the next step. Vapor barriers are cost-effective and incredibly good at controlling the climate inside a crawl space. That’s because of the way they fully seal the space when they are installed properly. The installation process is simple, though it is time-consuming. Thankfully, this needs to be done after vent covers are fitted and your insulation is done, making it slightly more comfortable.
With these simple changes, your crawl space will become drier, cleaner, less humid, and better at retaining the heat or cold produced by your HVAC system. This will not only make the space more comfortable—it will save you money on your energy bills as well. You could even start using your crawl space for storage.
Complete Basement Systems is Here to Help
Whether you want advice on products or you want to book an inspection appointment, Complete Basement Systems is here to help. Better yet, our inspections are free and come without obligation to book repairs with us. So, if your crawl space is in good health, you don’t have to worry about paying to be told that, and if there is damage to be repaired, we will provide you with a written quote to help you plan your next move.