Is a flooded crawl space moisture is a problem for you?
If flooding issues arise in your home, then there are certain tips and tricks that you can follow for crawl space cleaning before you call a professional or a restoration company to perform this for you.
A flooded crawl space can be very risky and can cause various health issues. It can include mold growth and pest invasions etc. So, the best way to avoid the problems due to flooded crawl space is to seal and dry out space completely.
What causes crawl space flooding?
There are a few situations that cause a severe crawl space flooding problem in the house.
- A water pipe that bursts out due to freezing.
- Water entering from open vents into the crawl space.
- Unlodged downspouts and gutters that drain into the crawl space.
- A leakage in the sewage line.
Tips to dry out a flooded crawl space
The crawl space cleaning is essential as it is a home of serious health and safety problems in your home. So, here are the tips for drying out wet crawl space and keeping it dry.
1/ Remove crawl space wet materials and debris
Without this step, the process of drying out the crawl space will be more difficult and lengthy. If the crawlspace has wet materials, debris, fiberglass, and other waste materials, then do not dry out these, instead, remove them and discard. Completely clean the space with all contamination and then dry out the crawl space.
2/ Pump the water out from the crawl space
Before the standing out in the crawl space start to erode the foundation of your home or soil, pump out this water out of the space.
It is not possible to use a bucket method to pump out this standing water, instead use a pump to remove this water out. Place the pumping machine in a safe area. The machine has two hoses in it. Keep one hose in the crawl space and another one in the outside area that is away from your house. Switch on the pump and let is suck all the water out in the crawl space.
3/ Stop water from entering the space
When you have pumped out all the water from the crawl space, stop all the water that enters into space. Check for any leaking pipe, any cracks that may lead to flooding of water in the crawlspace again.
If there is any crack or leakage in the pipe, then call the professional to fix it immediately; otherwise, it may lead to crawl space flooding.
4/ Dry Vacuum Cleaning
If your home has a crawlspace, then a wet and dry cleaning vacuum cleaner is must-have equipment in your home. It can be used on various occasions than just used to dry out a flooded crawl space and is inexpensive to buy.
When only a small amount of water is left water pumping out all the standing water, then you can use a dry vacuum cleaner to suck up all the water, even the small water droplets to make the place completely dry.
5/ Remove the moisture of the crawl space
When all the water and contamination is removed from the space, it is now time to dry out space more thoroughly. It means drying out the wood framing, flooring, and subflooring above the crawlspace.
Before you start this process, make sure that there is no mold and lingering puddles left in the space. Check for any damaged wiring that can cause issues when working with the electrical equipment in the crawlspace.
Now use a portable Crawlspace Dehumidifier to keep the moisture level down in the crawlspace.
A room-size dehumidifier is enough for a small crawlspace. Set the rating of the dehumidifier and let it run for a few hours.
If your dehumidifier does not include a lift pump drainage system, then use a condensate pump and plastic tube with the dehumidifier.
6/ Install a sump pump in the flooded area
If the crawlspace is flooded and is unable to control with any of the methods, then install a sump pump in that area. It provides an effective solution when you are unable to stop water from entering the space.
When installing a sump pump, dig drainage channel around the surface of the crawlspace. Also, the floor near the space should be flat to prevent the formation of puddles; it is not, then level it out.
A sump pump alone cannot dry the crawlspace, so encapsulate the crawlspace. It can be done by covering the floor with the vapor barrier, using an airtight door, or by installing vent covers.
Although this approach is not useful for all climatic condition, so, call your professional before you start work.
Crawl space flooding is a very common issue faced by the homeowners. It is not difficult to alleviate this problem, but if avoided, it can cause serious health hazards. And you very well know prevention is better than cure.