With all these spring rains, are you smelling a mysterious musty odor when you walk in your house? If you can’t find the source of the water anywhere in your house, here’s a tip: check the crawl space. They’re notorious for attracting and holding moisture, especially if they don’t have adequate drainage or a ventilation system. Strong, damaging storms with heavy rain can cause water to come into the crawl space. Water in your crawl space can also be the result of a plumbing malfunction. No matter how it got in there, getting it out can be tricky, but it’s crucial to dry out your crawl space to prevent potential mold growth, pest infestations, or water damage to your HVAC system or your home’s foundation. If your house has a flooded crawl space, here’s what you need to do.
Or if you have a flooded basement, you’ll need to check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.
- Get to the source. The first step in remedying a wet crawl space is identifying where and how the water is getting in. Call a restoration company that can make a service call to immediately assess the situation.
- Dry it out. Without adequate airflow, your crawl space will not dry completely. Simply placing a fan at the entrance to your crawl space won’t do the trick either. Your local restoration company will create a drying plan and bring in state-of-the-art drying equipment to mitigate the water damage and completely dry your crawl space.
- Monitor it. Your restoration company will perform regular inspections and keep logs on the moisture level in your crawl space to ensure that the area is drying properly.
- Be proactive. If your crawl space doesn’t have any type of water removal system, get something installed before water finds its way in again. Look into:
- Sump pumps. Sump pumps are a great way to keep water out of your crawl space. Look for a sump pump with an alarm that will alert you to the presence of water in your crawl space. It’s also a good idea to choose a sump pump with a battery back-up, so your pump will keep working in the event of a power failure. Sump pumps with a submersible pump are also a great innovation, as they’re less likely to overheat when they’re working hard.
- Drainage systems. If a sump pump isn’t an option, a crawl space drainage system will also work. The drainage system is installed around the interior perimeter of the crawl space. The drain itself will typically rest against the foundation footing of the house.
Keeping on top of your home’s maintenance can be challenging. However, standing water anywhere in your home is not something to be ignored, and it’s not going to go away on its own. If you have found water in your crawl space, experienced water damage, or storm damage, the trained, compassionate and highly experienced professionals at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away. With offices throughout the Midwest in Fort Wayne, Crown Point, Indianapolis, Columbus, Muncie and Lafayette as well as Cincinnati, Ohio, there’s a Hays + Sons near you.
Get immediate help by calling Hays + Sons today at 800-536-4056.