There is a myriad of reasons why your crawl space is wet. It could be from the condensation of your A/C unit, it could also be from an excess of rain in your area. No matter how your crawl space got wet, it is an issue that should be dealt with in a quick manner. Keeping your crawl space dry will keep various fungi and bacteria from growing in your home.
Why is Your Crawl Space Wet?
In most cases, wet crawl spaces are caused by an excess of moisture in the air and groundwater in the soil near the home. As water penetrates the wood in your home, and masonry within a crawl space, humid air enters through vents. Both permeate the existing insulation, which accepts the moisture like a kitchen sponge.
Surface water that gets into the crawl space is normally from roof drainage, overflowing gutters, or leaky basement windows. Groundwater can cause problems for a crawl space in a handful of ways. The soil around the foundation can become wetter after periods of heavy rain or snow. Water from the surrounding soil pushes against the walls of the foundation, eventually finding a way into your home. Plumbing issues, like a leak or a burst pipe, can have water flow into the crawl space. Even if you have a vapor barrier in your crawl space, the water will sit on top of the liner until it evaporates.
How to Keep Your Crawl Space Dry?
Here are the key ways to get and keep water and moisture out of a crawl space after the water, storm flooding, or a sewer backup has entered the home. The first step is to clear the crawl space of any debris or wet material. This means any wet fiberglass or insulation that is there. After the debris is clear, you will want to check for any mold or fungus that could be growing. Mold and fungus thrive in dark and damp environments, so a damp crawl space is a perfect place for this bacteria to grow.
Along with clearing the debris, you will want to make sure you get rid of all standing water that is in the crawl space. The best way to get all the standing water out of your crawl space is using a sump pump.
The last step is to get the rest of the moisture out of the crawl space. The best way of getting the remaining moisture out is using a dehumidifier. Using a dehumidifier will help dry out the air, and take care of any remaining moisture that may be present.
If you are having trouble keeping your crawl space dry, there may be a larger issue with your home. That is where Jerry’s Waterproofing comes into help! If you need more information or want to get a free estimate make sure you contact us!