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Step By Step Guide To Get Standing Water Out Of Your Crawl Space Foundation And Keep It Out

If you have a problem with water getting into your crawl space foundation, you will need to get it out before it starts to cause a problem. The process should include pumping out the water, drying out space, and doing improvements to prevent water problems in the crawl space and damage to your home. The following step-by-step guide will help you get the water out of your crawl space and prevent future problems and damage to your home:

Know the Signs That There Is A Problem with Water in The Crawl Space and Locate the Problem

The first thing you need to do is know how to recognize the signs that there is a water problem in your foundation. A big give away that there is a problem is the smell of humidity and moisture in your home. If you go in the crawl space the smells will be stronger, and you will want to find out how and where the water is getting in, which could be due to drainage, poor waterproofing and groundwater seeping up through the soil.

Start Pumping Any Standing Water in Your Crawl Space and Find the Source to Temporarily Stop It from Coming In

If there is standing water in the crawl space of your home, you are going to want to begin pumping it out with a submersible pump. If the water is a groundwater problem, dig a hole and drainage canal for the pump for a solution to temporarily remove water. If the problem is with waterproofing and drainage, dig temporary canals outside where the water is getting in and dig a hole for temporary drywall.

Ventilate the Crawl Space to Ensure All the Moisture Dries Up and There Are Not Any Future Problems

You will also want to ventilate the crawl space of your home, which can be done by open the door and cross ventilation vents. You can use a fan to help circulate the air in the crawl space. This should help dry most of the moisture in the crawl space to prevent future problems with mold due to moisture being trapped in the foundation.

Crawl Space Waterproofing and Improvements That Help Keep the Water Out of Your Foundation

Lastly, you want to have the crawl space waterproofed to keep the water out of the foundation. If you have a problem with groundwater getting into your crawl space, you will want to consider encapsulation and install a sump pump well to help keep the water out. Improvements to the exterior drainage may also be needed to keep the water out of the foundation when you have the waterproofing and encapsulation done.

These are the steps that you will need to go through to get the standing water out of your crawl space and prevent future problems. If you currently have a problem with water in your foundation, contact a crawl space waterproofing service to help fix the problem and improve the foundation to prevent future problems.

For more information, contact a service such as Central Penn Waterproofing.