Do you consistently find mud in your dirt-floor crawl space? Do your interior walls in your crawl space show signs of water damage or mold? Do you even sometimes see standing water down there?
If this sounds like your home, you need to get on your crawl space drainage game. A wet crawl space can cause lasting damage to your home's integrity and your health. It might seem like the area isn't an integral part of your home, but it certainly is.
Keep reading to learn why.
You might think that just because your crawl space is beneath your home instead of inside of it, it's not as important. Think again.
A wet crawl space can actually cause wood rot and damage to your home's foundation. Water will travel upwards toward your home's walls once the wood of your crawl space is soaked, so it's essential to keep a dry crawl space.
Besides the damage a wet crawl space can do to your home, it can also severely impact the quality of your indoor breathing air. How you ask?
Mold and mildew. These thrive in wet, dark places, such as damp crawl spaces. Once mold and mildew start growing, they can travel through your sub-floor and leaking air ducts to make their way into your home.
If you're already seeing signs of a wet crawl space, you're going to need to have it drained. Them, you'll want to install a drainage system to prevent further damage.
Drainage isn't so easy to DIY, so it's best to call a professional. They'll likely tell you that a French drain is your best bet.
A French drain is an interior pipe that's designed to carry water away from both the ground and the foundation wall simultaneously. It utilizes carefully placed gravel and filter fabric to direct water exactly where you want it to go.
If your drainage pipes can't be pitched up to naturally direct the flow of water away from your crawl space, you'll likely need what's called a sump pump. Sump pumps are installed at a collection space on your crawl space's floor. Once it's full up, it's designed to discharge excess water toward the exterior of the crawl space.
If you're still building or working on a home renovation, it's ideal to encapsulate your crawl space to avoid these issues altogether.
An encapsulated crawl space will not only prevent water damage to your home, it'll also prevent any mold or mildew from growing. This will increase your air quality in your home.
Besides these benefits, encapsulation will even help you cut your energy bill by 10-15%. That's a savings that only insulating your foundation can bring you. You'd be surprised at how much heat and cold air leaks through your sub-floors!
Having issues with a wet crawl space at your home? Give us a call to talk crawl space drainage. We can help drain your crawl space and get you set up with a drainage system, or encapsulate your crawl space so you'll never experience these problems in the first place!