What to do if your Crawl Space floods
Even the most well-built homes may still experience crawl space flooding. This is because water in crawl space areas is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous one, causing damage to the home and possibly provoking respiratory illnesses in its residents. Thankfully, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding, there are ways to remedy the situation and help prevent it from happening again.
Causes of Crawl Space Flooding
There are a number of factors that make certain homes more prone to crawl space flooding than others. Here are a few of the main ones you should keep in mind.
- Cracked Foundation
- Faulty Design
- Opening Crawl Space Designs
- Faulty Sump Pump
- Improper Drainage
- Sewage Problems
- Water Leaks
Effects of Crawl Space Flooding
Because water in the crawl space does not usually cause immediate and obvious damage, many homeowners believe it is not a big deal. As a result, when crawl spaces begin to flood, some procrastinate on fixing the issue, while others might not make any attempt to fix it at all. So, here is what happens when water remains in a crawl space for too long.
- Increased Humidity
- Mold Bacteria Growth
- Structural Property Damage
The longer these issues remain unresolved, the worse they become. And, the worse they become, the more expensive it is to fix it. So, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding for any of the aforementioned reasons, consider the following options to remedy the issue.
- Use Wet/Dry Vac
- Use a General Purpose Pump
- Remove Wet Material
- Use a Dehumidifier
- Hire a Professional Restoration Company
Here are just a few long-term or permanent solutions to prevent the flooding of crawl spaces.
- Clean Drains
Don’t wait until your pipes or drains clog up. Get your pipes tested and cleaned once every two years by professionals. In between professional cleanings, you can use hot water, vinegar, and baking soda to keep your drains clear.
- Repair Cracks
Check your home’s foundation regularly for cracks, especially after a natural disaster, and have those cracks repaired immediately by a professional as water can seep in those tiny cracks and cause a whole lot of big damage.
- Provide Proper Drainage
Proper drainage helps to keep water away from the house and its foundations. Make sure your downspouts are properly installed and that your drainage system is clear of debris. Invest in extensions and place at the bottom of downspouts to help to direct water away from the foundation.
A little landscaping could go a long way to ensure your lawn slopes away from your home. This steers water away from the foundation and prevents pooling.
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