Homeowners often forget about the crawl spaces that are located within or just under their homes. The crawl space is located around the foundation of the home. This area is usually filled with soil, and most homes have a layer of plastic covering the soil to help reduce moisture levels. However, when heavy rain hits or if a pipe bursts the crawl space beneath the home can flood. A flooded crawl space is the last thing you want in your home, and you should resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
What is Crawl Space Water Damage?
When you have water intrusion underneath your house, making the ground, soil, and earth damp and wet. With a wet ground and standing water in the crawl space, there is a high chance that structural problems and health complications will occur if the issue isn’t fixed. If there are high humidity levels in the crawl space, mold can grow very quickly. Also, if the air conditioning system is located in the crawl space, the system will stream unhealthy, molded air throughout the entire home. The moisture levels and mold can also damage the structure of the home and the installation (if present in crawl space). Leaving standing water in the crawl space can destroy your home and wallet if left untreated.
How does water get into the crawl space?
- A pipe burst or leak
- Sewage line leakage
- Flooding from heavy rains, rivers, or streams
- Incorrect gutter setup
- Excessive watering of plants surround the home
- A naturally high groundwater table
How To Remove Standing Water and Dry a Crawl Space?
- Stop the Flow of Water – If water is still entering the crawl space, stop the flow immediately, and repair any leaks. Then insulate cold water pipes to prevent condensation.
- Extract the Water – Utilize a pump to remove the standing water from the crawl space. Make sure the hoses are correctly attached to the pump, so the water is pushed away from the house. Remove the remaining water with a wet vacuum, then dump the water outside away from the house.
- Clean the Area – Remove any debris from the area and if needed, replace the damaged insulation.
- Dry the Crawl Space – To keep the area dry, set up containment with plastic sheets. These will prevent moisture from entering the affected area and will protect your home from further damage. Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture, and use radiant heaters to blow warm, dry air onto the affected area. To prevent mold growth in the crawl space, you need to dry the area thoroughly.
How to Prevent Water Damage in the Crawl Space
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent natural disasters, like floods, but there are a few ways to protect your crawl space from future water damage.
- Invest in a Sump Pump – installing a sump pump in your crawl space will extract water from the area when there are heavy rains and light flooding.
- Plant Away From Your Home – as an extra precaution, do not plant foliage too close to your home to reduce the risk of roots growing into pipes, sprinkler systems, foundation, or septic tanks. If the roots do grow into the lines, it can create a block that will result in a burst pipe.
- Routine Gutter Cleanings – routinely check your gutters to ensure there are no blockages that will direct water to drain into the foundation.
Who to Call for Crawl Space Water Removal
If you discover water in your crawl space, call First Response, for our 24/7 water emergency services.