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What To Do If Water Collects in Your Crawlspace

7/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water in a crawl space of your University Place / Lakewood West, WA home can lead to major damage if left untreated. There can be a number of issues at the root of the problem, but no matter the cause, it is vital to quickly remove the water to avoid harmful rot and mold. Follow these tips if your home has a wet crawl space.

Determine the Cause

Moisture buildup in a home can be attributed to several factors, some with easier solutions than others. It's important to narrow down exactly what led to the wet crawl space. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Clogged gutters
  • Underground water seepage due to heavy rain, foundation issues or insufficient drains

Use a Sump Pump To Handle Flooding

Removing excess water is easy with a sump pump, a reliable tool for preventing flood damage. You can clear liquid out of a space in a pinch using a battery-powered backup pump. However, you may want to install either a submersible or pedestal sump pump in the room for long-term protection. This ensures excess water will be sucked into a basin instead of remaining in your home.

Take Steps To Waterproof Your Home

In addition to a sump pump, there are several ways to keep your home free of water issues. A dehumidifier can remove lingering moisture in the air. Avoid seepage by clearing your gutters and positioning them to drain away from the house. Seal any visible cracks within a crawl space to stop rain from coming in.

Don't let a wet crawl space damage your home. If you see water, quickly work to determine the cause, invest in a sump pump and execute consistent waterproofing practices to prevent future issues.

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