Some examples of how water can enter a crawlspace as a result
- Seepage from poorly functioning footing or downspout
- Missing footing/foundation drains
- Soil Saturation
- Damaged drain pipes from residence
- High water tables
- Seepage through vents or cracks
In addition to making the crawlspace inaccessible, moisture can
create high humidity throughout the house causing conditions
Submerged heating ducts can create the ideal environment for
mold growth and ground water pollutants which can then be
transported into living spaces, contributing to allergies and
other health problems.
- Rot and settling to framing materials
- Cupping/damage to hardwood floors.
- Mold growth on crawlspace floor and subfloor insulation
- infestation by insects and rodents.
Drainage solutions may require the following
Controlling roof drain/downspout water is extremely important
as this is often the major contributor to crawlspace drainage
problems. We take the time during out bid appointments to
determine if this is a contributing factor. Allowing roof water
to flow through a crawlspace is never recommended and connecting
a sump pump to a failed downspout system will only recycle it
right back into a crawlspace. Proper drain piping & appropriate
sizes of drain rock. A proper depth (ie. Gravity) of outlet or
discharge line. Collection drainfields or trenches
Sediment/catch basins Silt and debris filters Typically water
can flow naturally by gravity or may be pumped if necessary.
Without the above elemtns in place and operating properly, the
system may not dry out the crawlspace completely. In addition,
the extra strain can shorten the life of a pumping system.