If you encounter water problems in your crawl space that lead to standing water or continuous water intrusion, your home could benefit considerably from an interior crawl space french drainage system. Standing water can have many adverse effects on your home’s foundation and structural integrity if left unattended. That’s why we recommend investing in an interior french drain system for your home’s crawl space if you have standing water problems. Alongside a sump pump, a crawl space french drain system from Crawl Space Brothers will keep your crawl space dryer and safer for life!
Standing water can come from many different sources into your crawl space. It can seep in under the footer of the foundation wall, intrude through cracks or vents, or come from a leaking or burst water pipe. Standing water can cause foundation settling and increase the humidity in the crawl space encouraging mold growth and pests. The first step towards a water-free crawl space is to identify the ways in which water is entering your crawlspace and stop them if possible.
Water in the crawl space that stays for an extended period of time can lead to many problems and doesn’t disappear on its own. As the crawl space is a dark place that receives no direct sunlight, standing water will slowly evaporate and keep the humidity level very high for a long time. Preventing standing water in your crawl space is essential, and while a crawl space french drain system won’t stop water from entering your crawlspace, to begin with, it will prevent it from staying there and causing problems.
Standing water under the home is extremely dangerous to the structure of your home. If water has nowhere else to go, it will collect in your crawl space, cause high humidity, and lead to many issues for your home. The most significant problems to watch for that indicate your home could benefit from a crawl space french drain system are standing water, excessive humidity, and sagging floors.
When moisture content in the air is extremely high, due to standing water the chances of wood rot and mold doing damage to your wood floor supports are much higher. When wood becomes soft and moist from high humidity, it becomes more vulnerable to wood rot and wood-eating pests such as termites. Mold loves an environment with high relative humidity, so keeping humidity levels low is essential.
When mold and rot begin to take over, that is when problems like sagging floors arise. Once your crawlspace reaches this stage of damage the issue is extremely severe and will likely cost thousands of dollars to repair, as the supports of your home’s flooring are failing. Avoiding this scenario by preventing and actively working to stop water from entering and affecting your crawl space is essential.
Standing water isn’t the only dangerous water to have under your home. High water content in the soil under your home can lead to hydrostatic pressure, which can compromise the foundation of your home. Crawl space french drains help to alleviate this problem by allowing the excess water in the soil to drain properly.
By diverting water away from your crawl space and preventing the build-up of excess moisture you can lower the overall humidity of your crawl space. In combination with measures such as a vapor barrier and dehumidifier, you can control the relative humidity of your crawlspace and stop mold and pests in their tracks.
Not only does a well-drained crawl space mean less humidity in your crawl space, but it also means less humidity in the rest of your home. Up to 50% of the air on the first floor of your home flows from or through your crawl space. Meaning any humidity, dust, dirt, pollen, or other air pollutants in your crawl space are affecting the air quality of your home as well. Lowering the humidity of your crawl space via a french drain system also takes the pressure off your HVAC system, allowing it to run less and last longer.
A high-quality french drainage system in your crawlspace also protects your home from flooding or any other emergency water intrusion your may encounter. If a water pipe bursts under your home or a big storm brings in floodwater, you can rest easy knowing that the water is being moved away from your crawl space by your drainage system.
A french drain system installed by the pros at Crawl Space Brothers protects your home from standing water for life! We install our french drains along with the interior of the foundation wall of your crawl space. This system is typically connected to a sump pump at the lowest point to move the water entirely out and away from your home.
When installing a crawl space french drain system, we first dig a trench along the foundation wall but then Crawl Space Brothers does something different from the rest. While most french drains simply use a perforated PVC pipe, we use the YCS “Strip” Drain from American Wick Drain instead. This drain is covered in a non-woven fabric filter designed to stop dirt particles and allowing water to flow freely through the drain. We lay down this drain and then backfill with gravel. This combination of fabric drain with gravel on top means a double layer of filtering, providing extra protection from debris that might clog the drain line.
An expert french drain install can effectively prevent water from accumulating in your crawl space. They’re also extremely cost-effective compared to other water diverting solutions, such as exterior french drains. An interior french drain system captures the water that collects at the dirt floor and wall joints before it has a chance to gather in the middle of your crawl space. French drain systems require little maintenance and work very effectively alongside other measures to waterproof your crawlspace.
When you plan to have a french drainage system installed in your crawl space, rely on the best crawl space team around, Crawl Space Brothers! We are experts at protection and prevention for your crawl space. We are dedicated to helping homeowners protect their home’s foundation and structural integrity from the ground up. We pride ourselves on providing a 5-Star Experience and crawl space protection that lasts a lifetime with our Transferable Lifetime Warranty.
We offer a free initial home inspection, so you can hear from the crawl space experts about all the ways a crawl space french drain system can benefit your home. If you’re ready to invest in lifelong protection for your home’s foundation, call Crawl Space Brothers today!
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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