4 Things you Can Do To Prevent a Flooded Crawl Space in Your House

June 25th, 2018

Owning a home is a great investment for the future. You can build equity with it and have a place to live once you retire.

But, being a homeowner comes with a lot of big responsibilities as well. Maintaining one's home can sometimes feel like a full-time job.

You've got to keep it clean inside and out. Something always seems to be breaking or just about to break. Then you have to contend with the elements. Wind abrasion, land erosion, and flooding can do a lot of damage to your home, water especially.

Water damage can cost the insurance companies around $2.5 billion in one year!

With flooding, heavy rains, and snowmelt, you may have to deal with a flooded crawl space sooner or later. Follow our four steps to minimize and even prevent damage.

1) Make It Airtight

Cold and hot air, moisture, and humidity can all make for a very damp crawl space. You need to take the moist air out of the equation entirely.

Look into purchasing and installing airtight vent covers and doors. This way, you block out humidity and moisture before it has a chance to get in and do damage.

2) Remove Standing Water

Don't want a wet crawl space? Don't have standing water sitting around.

Flooding, strong rains, and heavy snowmelt can all do a lot of damage to your crawl space. Don't make it easy by having a huge amount of water waiting to hurt the integrity of your home.

Install a drain in your crawl space. Fortify it with a sump pump and you're on your way to having a clean and dry crawl space.

3) Dehumidify The Crawl Space

If you've had a flooded crawl space, the danger isn't over just because the water is gone. Humid crawl spaces are the perfect environment for mold to grow.

Mold can cause everything from allergic reactions to asthma to depression. It's not enough to have a dry crawl space, it needs to be dehumidified.

Install a dehumidifier to make sure you don't have a moist crawl space.

4) Encapsulate And Insulate The Crawl Space

There are plenty of good reasons to insulate and encapsulate a crawl space. If you had a flooded crawl space and want to keep it clean after you've dried it out, here's why you should encapsulate it:

  • Saves money by reducing heat loss in winter and keeping it cool in summer
  • Maintains structural integrity the of home
  • Improves indoor air quality

While it can be a big project to tackle, it's worth it in the long run. Insulating and encapsulating your crawl space is a great investment.

Flooded Crawl Space? There's Help Available

You now know four ways to prevent a flooded crawl space. What do you do if you already had some damage? Do you know if your house is safe?

Don't worry -- we're here for you. We perform free crawl space inspections and from there, we can advise you if you need mold removal, remediation, and more.

Contact us today to help you deal with any issues you've got in your crawl space!