Standing water is a big problem if present in your crawl space or basement. Whether from a busted pipe, a big rainstorm, or water intrusion, water can find its way into your foundation area. It seeps in from under the footer and the block or brick wall. Once inside the crawl space, it can cause the foundation to settle and add to the humidity in the crawl space air. We offer a complete interior drain system to manage water intrusion.
When it comes to standing water in your crawl space, the priority is to know how the water got there and solve that problem first. Drainage systems are excellent at removing excess water but not preventing the water from accumulating in the first place. Standing water and pooling water in your crawl space evaporates very slowly due to a lack of direct sunlight, so without a proper drainage system, water can sit under your home for an extended period of time, creating many problems.
The biggest problems to watch out for that might indicate that your home’s crawl space needs a drainage system are standing water, high humidity, and sagging floors.
Standing water in a crawl space means a lot of moisture, and when moisture levels are very high, wood rot becomes a very serious issue. The wood structures under your home can be compromised by potential wood rot. A form of mold growth causes wood rot, and as it eats away at the wood, it becomes soft and bouncy, leading to sagging floors when it affects the supporting structures under your home. If left untreated, floors can eventually entirely collapse. Even if wood rot itself isn’t present, soft wet wood is enticing to wood-eating bugs like termites, creating structural problems.
High humidity is a given when there is excess water that needs to be drained away, but what you may not realize is all of the adverse effects of high humidity on your home and health. High humidity doesn’t just stay in your crawl space; it affects your whole home. All that extra moisture in the air of your home can cause health problems for you and your family, especially for those with breathing issues or older family members. High humidity also raises your electricity bill as your A/C unit will have to work harder to combat the extra moisture.
At Crawl Space Brothers, we are experts when it comes to installing custom drainage systems for your home’s crawl space or basement. This consists of a trench and a drainpipe installed on the interior of the crawl space. Water will always find a way around external solutions over time. Just look at the Grand Canyon! The key is to manage it and ensure it stays out of the crawl space and off the home’s foundation. We believe in our drainage systems so much we offer a Transferable Lifetime Warranty on the parts, labor, and material.
We are pros at installing French drains and sump pump systems. These systems are great for preventing water build-up in the case of floods, busted pipes, or other emergencies that might lead to water in your crawl space. French drain systems come with many benefits; they are both practical and efficient. They are cost-effective, clog-resistant, capture water before it pools, non-invasive, and reasonably easy to service. Combined with a sump pump, they can easily prevent water pooling.
Although some homeowners like to try to install these systems themselves to save money, however having a professional system installed by a professional may save you money in the long run. Our systems are installed so that they last in the long term, and we get the job done right the first time so that you won’t have to worry about paying more money later down the line.
Besides preventing other issues that can seriously affect your home, there are some other benefits to having an excellent drainage system in your crawl space. A well-drained crawl space without excess moisture means lower humidity in your home, making it more comfortable living in and lowering the cost of running the HVAC in your home. This also extends the life of your HVAC by putting it under less strain. Lower humidity also eliminates problems like termite and pest infestations, wood rot, and mold growth.
Don’t wait for a pipe to burst or heavy rain to flood your home’s crawl space or basement. If you need a drainage system installed in your crawl space, call Crawl Space Brothers. Our expert inspectors can diagnose and solve all standing water issues in your crawl space! Give our friendly staff a call to have your crawl space handled!
If you have a damp, musty crawl space, reach out to our office today! We offer free inspections at all our locations including Charlotte NC, Nashville TN, Washington DC, Arlington VA, and Laurel MD. Our crawl space repair experts will help you to discover what is wrong with your crawl space. Whether you need mold removal, crawl space repair services, a dehumidifier, or crawl space encapsulation, our team of friendly, experienced technicians can solution your crawl space issue quickly and affordably.
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