Dublin, California (EastBayDaily) — During the winter months, homes can become vulnerable to moisture damage. A crawl space, a type of basement without the depth to allow a person to stand up in, can be especially prone to damage from moisture and humidity. Ernesto Mora of E-Mora Construction explains that moisture in crawl spaces and other areas of the home can lead to problems such as mold. Humidity can also rot exposed metal and cause cracks in the foundation of the house. To help home owners prevent and repair this type damage, Mora recommends a crawl space moisture barrier system and provides the following checklist on how to best implement it.
1. Clean Up the Crawl Space The first step is a crawl space cleanup. Clean or remove any junk or trash that has accumulated. Wet and dirty surroundings, along with organic material such as the wood used to build homes, are ripe breeding grounds for mold growth. Mold and spores not only damage house structure, but can also lead to health and allergy problems.
2. Seal off Moisture with a Crawl Space Moisture Barrier A crawl space moisture barrier keeps the house structure separate from the bare ground and prevents any humidity or moisture from seeping in. The first step involves smoothing down the retaining walls to ensure that nothing will puncture the moisture barrier. Next, moisture barrier specialists should install a barrier, which will keep out moisture as well as other pests such as termites, ants, and rodents. The experts at E-Mora Construction recommend using a thick polyethylene moisture barrier with non-biodegradable plastic anchors and/or polyethylene caulking to create a barrier that will last. The use of polyethylene is recommended because it is a strong material that is resistant to rips or tears.
3. Install perimeter drains and sump pumps as needed To remove water that has accumulated in basements and crawl spaces, a basement perimeter drain installation is often recommended. Perimeter drains are installed along the inside of the foundation wall, with sump pumps used to eject any water and moisture. A sump pump installation is often deployed before a moisture barrier system is installed if there is a significant amount of accumulated water in the crawl space or basement.
Many people often think something is wrong with the house when a moisture barrier system is installed. However, Mora explains, “Many people underestimate the need and purpose for it. A moisture barrier can help people in their houses breathe cleaner air and suffer less from their allergies.” To learn more about the moisture barrier services offered by E-Mora Construction, call 925-219-7513.
About E-Mora Construction E-Mora Construction is a home moisture removal specialist serving San Francisco Bay Area homeowners. E-Mora Construction is the leading installer of Crawl Space Moisture Barrier Systems, Sump Pumps, Basement Systems and Basement Perimeter Drains in the Bay Area. As an independent contractor, E-Mora Construction is dedicated to providing exceptional services at affordable prices. For a free inspection and estimate, call 925-219-7513.