Harrisburg PA Crawlspace Waterproofing and Remodeling
Waterproofing your crawlspace in Harrisburg PA can seem like an expensive hassle…that is until you consider how much damage a wet crawlspace can cause, both to your home and your health. In Harrisburg, the heavy rains and ever-growing amounts of snow that blanket the area are leading to big-time basement and crawlspace water problems.
Plus, if you decide to also remodel your crawlspace and turn it into a full basement, your home’s value will skyrocket…along with a nice increase in living space.
But, what’s the big deal if there’s water in your crawlspace…or, worse yet, water in your crawlspace?
Well, water leads to mold growth, which can cause everything from allergies to sinus problems to asthma to death. And, when water gets into the walls, it can literally cause your home’s foundation to fall apart…a problem that can be over 50-thousand dollars to fix.
In order to prevent wet crawlspaces and basements, it is important to understand where the water is coming from.
Surface water running down foundation walls
Groundwater in water-saturated soils being pushed into the basement and/or crawlspace by hydrostatic and/or lateral pressure
When homeowners in Harrisburg PA experience wet crawl spaces for the first time, it is imperative to determine if the water problems are going to reoccur or if it was a one-time event. Essential to solving this question is determining where the water is coming from.
If this is the first time for crawlspace (or basement) water problems, the first thing to check for is surface water draining down next to the foundations. Water coming in at one location and only at the exterior foundation wall are typical indications of surface water problems.
When the groundwater levels outside the basement rises above the level of the floor, the basement acts like a boat in a pond. If a boat is sitting in water, water will leak in through any open cracks or holes. It works the same way with a basement. Hydrostatic pressure can push water through hairline cracks. Symptoms of this are water coming up through cracks in the basement concrete floor or water coming in at multiple locations.
If you have an older house within town and the house has a basement with no sump pump, it is likely the perimeter foundation drain system connects directly into the city storm sewer system. If the level of the basement is below the street level, there is the potential of storm water backing up in the city storm sewer system and being pushed into the perimeter foundation drain system. This can saturate the soils around the house at the crawlspace level with storm water under hydrostatic pressure, causing water to leak in.
Crawlspace Waterproofing in Harrisburg helps by developing a system of improved drainage along with the waterproofing acting as a sealant. This both moves excess water away from the home and also gives the walls a shield out any water that remains.
So, while at first waterproofing can seem like a big investment, it can actually save you thousands and even make you money when it’s time to sell.
And, as mentioned earlier, if you decide to go for a crawlspace dig out (the process of turning your crawlspace into a basement), you’ll really add a ton of living and storage space to your home as well as raising it’s value!