It is critical to keep water out of your crawl spaces to prevent foundation damage. If you have a crawl space, it is important to make sure that you have crawl space draining in place to make sure that it never gets wet, or worse, has standing water.
If there is heavy rain and you notice water in your crawl space, you’ll need to find a way to keep it dry and prevent water damage. Several different foundation drain systems may provide the right answer.
You’ll want to consult with an expert professional on the best way to attack the problem. A crawl space expert from Attic Projects can come out and help you find the best way to solve your crawl space draining challenges, as well as to provide crawl space cleaning estimates to keep your home in tip-top shape.
What are some crawl space draining options?
Depending on the conditions in your crawl space, several options might solve the problem. These solutions run the range from sump pumps to foundation drain pipes.
In general, there are three specific steps when it comes to fixing standing water issues in your crawl space.
The first step is to control any groundwater leakage issues by installing a sump pump. If your crawl space has a major water problem, you may need to install a perimeter drain. Finally, a vapor barrier may be needed to work alongside the drainage system to keep your crawl space as dry as possible. This prevents issues like musty odors, mold, poor indoor air quality, and structural damage.
Your first consideration will be to find and install a quality sump pump into your crawl space to remove standing water. Sump pumps are usually installed in the very lowest part of the crawl space. This means that it finds its way into your crawl space will naturally drain into the sump pump and be whisked out and away from the foundation.
A perimeter drain may then be installed around the interior of your crawl space walls. A drain pipe connects from the perimeter drain directly into the sump pump to pump the water collected away from your crawl space.
The sump pump and perimeter drain work in tandem to collect and remove standing water from your crawl space, but you should also consider taking steps to prevent water from getting in to start with. A vapor barrier may do the trick, sealing off areas where moisture could develop and preventing the need for crawl space draining to start with.
How do I get started protecting my crawl space from standing water?
That’s the easy part! Give us a call at Attic Projects, and one of our crawl space experts will come out and take a look. We’ll be able to help you find any sources of water in your crawl space and then design a solution to solve your crawl space draining challenges.
Our inspection and estimate are free of charge, and we can get started protecting your home right away!