A damp crawlspace can create a host of problems for homeowners including mold growth and insect and rodent problems. We’re the #1 crawlspace drying company in Dallas & Fort. Worth.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for water and moisture to find its way into crawlspaces, especially in humid climates or during periods of heavy rainfall.
The best way to dry your crawlspace will depend on a number of factors including access and materials. And once your crawlspace is dried, you’ll want to make sure to take additional steps to prevent dampness and water damage in the future.
How Does Water Get Into My Crawlspace?
Crawlspaces are the lowest point in our homes, and there are several ways in which water can get inside. Most of the time, water intrusion is caused by an improperly placed downspout that doesn’t direct water away from the foundation, clogged gutters that overflow during heavy rains, or landscaping that does not slope downward and away from your house, instead directing water toward your home’s foundation.
Water in your crawlspace could also be the result of subterranean water such as a natural spring or a high water table that is entering through cracks or joints in the walls or floors of your crawlspace.
A plumbing issue can also be a source of water in your crawlspace, and could be caused by a damaged water supply line or the water or sewage drain that connects your home to the municipal system.
And in the south, high humidity levels can sometimes be enough to create a moisture problem in your crawlspace.
Professional Crawlspace Drying in Dallas
Because there are so many ways in which water can enter your crawlspace, and sometimes the source is not always obvious, you should have a professional determine the cause of the water intrusion before taking any remediation action.
If the source of the water is not addressed, water will continue to enter your crawlspace and can lead to mold growth or structural damage.
The next steps will vary based on construction of the crawlspace, the source of the water, and how long the water was present in the crawlspace. Excess water will be removed, the crawlspace will be dried using a dehumidifier and/or fans, and steps will need to be taken to prevent air from the crawlspace from entering the home above. If mold is present, it too will need to be removed.
Once Things Are Dry
Once things are dry, you may want to consider installing a moisture barrier in your crawlspace, or having a damaged moisture barrier replaced. This will help prevent water from entering your crawlspace.
Hopefully, with proper construction, landscaping and gutter installation, you will never need to worry about crawlspace drying.
But the unfortunate truth is that wet or damp crawlspaces are a common problem, and dealing with the problem as soon as possible can prevent additional damages and unnecessary mold growth.
Regent Restoration provides crawlspace drying to customers in Dallas and the surrounding areas. If you discover water or mold in your crawlspace, give us a call!
- There are many ways water can enter your crawlspace
- improperly placed downspout, clogged gutters, plumbing issues and land leveling are some of the most common causes
- You must address the source of the water or it will continue to flood
- Consult a professional when you see water under your home
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