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WATER IN CRAWL SPACE

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Water in the crawl space can be difficult to deal with and correcting the problem could cost thousands of dollars.

If you are one of the lucky ones and don't have this problem, yet, time is on your side. You have an opportunity to equip your crawl space with the necessary equipment to be able to deal with water when the storm comes. 

If you're one of the unlucky ones with a crawl space full of water right now -- have no fear, the Crawl Space Ninjas are here! We can help you fix this problem so that it does not happen again.

We offer a free in-home assessment where we will come out and have a look at exactly what is going on. You can request this by clicking the button on this page. We'll have a look and give you our assessment on the situation and what needs to be done about it. Then you can decide whether you want to have us solve the problem for you or research other professionals in the area.

Crawl Space Waterproofing

Addressing water in a crawl space can be done from the inside or the outside. Some water in the crawl space is so bad that a 2-fold approach is necessary and may require an inside and outside solution.

Overflowing downspouts and curtain drains or french drains are great ways to move rain water from the foundation. Over time these drains can become damaged or ineffective so make sure you check them at least once a year to ensure they are moving water properly. Unfortunately the best time to check is during a heavy rain so suit up and stay dry.

Another adverse effect of water in your crawl space is high levels of humidity which can lead to cupping hardwood flooring, mold and wood rot fungus.

Crawl Space Sump Pump

Most interior crawl space waterproofing projects utilize a sump pump. Water in the crawl space needs to be pumped outside the crawl space in order to get it away from the foundation. Make sure you use a high horsepower pump to push the water to a drainage ditch if possible to prevent the water from re-entering the crawl space.

For homes with a yard that is sloped well away from the house, a gravity fed approach to removing water is possible. Simply take the perforated waterproofing pipe to the exterior of the foundation and away from the home.

Make sure crawl space sump pumps are maintained regularly. Adding a battery back-up system is a good idea as well. Power loss and flooding can happen during heavy rains.

Crawl Space Flooding

Our region just suffered through an 8 to 9 month drought followed by 9 inches of rain in 9 days. Needless to say, many new homeowners were less than prepared during this heavy rain. We saw many encapsulated crawl spaces flood because when the encapsulation was installed there was no rain therefore no evidence of water in the crawl space.

Heavy flooding is one reason we recommend installing a sump pump in the lowest part of the crawl space. As ground levels become saturated especially during a flash flood, having a crawl space sump pump is a great way to move unwanted water out of the crawl space.

Water damage from pipes bursting can also be addressed with a sump pump.

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