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CRAWL SPACE

Water in your Crawl Space

March 21 2017

After a rain storm, does water puddle in your crawl space? Or, is there always standing water in your crawl space? If you do have water in your crawl space, you have a serious problem. Though it is a problem experienced by many homeowners, it is not normal, as crawl spaces should stay dry. Water in your crawl space will cause a host of unwanted problems, such as mold, wood rot, insects, rodents, and even foundation settlement.

Water in your Crawl Space

Know The Warning Signs

  1. High humidity
  2. Mold
  3. Wood rot
  4. Sagging floors
  5. Musty odors
  6. Insects
  7. Rodents
Water in your Crawl Space

Know The Warning Signs

  1. High humidity
  2. Mold
  3. Wood rot
  4. Sagging floors
  5. Musty odors
  6. Insects
  7. Rodents

Keeping your gutters free from debris will go a long way in preventing surface water from seeping into yourcrawlspace.

Addressing Water Intrusion

Have you had your gutters cleaned lately? This step is often overlooked by homeowners. If not, then when it rains you are dumping an enormous amount of water around the foundation of your home. That is why it is so important to ensure your gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning properly. Your downspouts should be properly installed to guide water a minimum of 6 feet away from your home. Keeping your gutters free from debris will go a long way in preventing surface water from seeping into your crawl space.

Addressing Water Intrusion

Have you had your gutters cleaned lately? This step is often overlooked by homeowners. If not, then when it rains you are dumping an enormous amount of water around the foundation of your home. That is why it is so important to ensure your gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning properly. Your downspouts should be properly installed to guide water a minimum of 6 feet away from your home. Keeping your gutters free from debris will go a long way in preventing surface water from seeping into your crawl space.

Keeping your gutters free from debris will go a long way in preventing surface water from seeping into yourcrawlspace.

Does the soil next to your house slope away from the foundation? Over time, the soil around your home settles which prevents surface water from draining away from your foundation. This water is then trapped and will find its way into your crawl space. Some home owners think they can simply correct the soil grade with the addition of mulch, but mulch will do little to help with the poor drainage around your home. In fact the very purpose of mulch is to retain water. You should add soil as needed to correct the grade, so that water flows away from the home.

Even after addressing the soil grade and gutters, some home owners will still have water in their crawl space. Could it be something as simple as a plumbing leak? Do you live in an area with a high water table? It is important to have a professional perform a thorough inspection to determine the source of the water. Only after performing an inspection, can the problem be properly diagnosed, and the appropriate solution determined. One should never take a cookie cutter approach to drainage problems, as every home is different. A properly designed and installed drainage system will collect the
water, quickly move it away from your home, and help keep your crawl space dry.