If you live in a house with a crawl space or basement, then you may already know how important it is to ensure that the area is dry and safe at all times. Protecting your home’s structure, controlling temperature, reducing pests, improving air quality, and creating storage space are just some waterproofing benefits you may be aware of. But did you know that waterproofing also helps preserve the environment? Here’s how:
Minimizing Energy Consumption
When the underside of your home is not insulated or encapsulated, water can easily get into the area. If this happens, your indoor air’s humidity level will rise. This means that your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit’s energy consumption will also increase.
To prevent such a thing from happening, you need to waterproof your crawl space. By doing so, you’ll not only increase your home’s energy efficiency but also reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a greener planet.
Reducing Erosion of Building Materials
When water infiltrates the concrete materials (cement or brick walls) in your crawl space, it will not only threaten your home’s structural integrity. The breakdown process of construction supplies can also release greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Preventing the Need for Pesticides and Insecticides
If you have a damp, wet, and moisture-rich crawl space, there’s a high possibility that your home will suffer from pest and insect infestation. To get rid of such nuisances, many homeowners normally rely on over-the-counter pesticides and insecticides.
Such products may be effective at getting rid of pests and insects, but using them can also harm the environment. According to the National Library of Medicine, pesticides can contaminate water, turf, soil, and other vegetation. They can also be toxic to other organisms such as birds, fish, and non-target plants.
Waterproof Your Crawl Space Today!
Given all the waterproofing benefits, you should start insulating or encapsulating the underside of your home today. If you need help in waterproofing your basement or crawl space, know that Dry-Tek Environmental is always here to assist you with your needs. Contact us now to request an estimate or to set up an appointment. You may reach us through our phone numbers, (410) 543-4848 or (302) 468-1811.