What to Do About Crawl Space Flooding
The crawl space beneath most houses is dark, dirty, cool, and sometimes damp. In the springtime especially, the crawl space may become flooded. Heavy rains could lead to standing water beneath the home. While many homeowners simply regard this as a harmless inevitability, allowing water to saturate the soil below your home can lead to serious problems. Because the crawl space is an unseen portion of the house, it is also generally forgotten. But protecting the crawl space is just as important as protecting any other part of your home, and any flooding should be addressed before it leads to greater problems.
Why is There Standing Water?
A flooded crawlspace can be caused by many things, sometimes as simple as a heavy rainstorm raising the water level in the soil below the home. Most flooding problems, however, are caused by water leaking into the crawlspace through openings or by a leak in the plumbing. Both problems can be addressed without too much trouble, but often their severity is not recognized until it is too late.
- Rotting Wood: When water builds up in your crawlspace, it can lead to a variety of more serious problems. One of the most severe dangers includes standing water. This rots any wood that might be at the base of the foundation. If the wood rots and breaks, it could affect the structural integrity of the foundations. Furthermore, rotting wood gives off an unpleasant odor that could be ventilated throughout the home.
- Mold: Mold growth is another common danger of excessive moisture, as it can grow rampantly throughout the crawl space and become almost impossible to eradicate without professional services. If mold spores get into the ventilation system of the home, they could spread throughout. This introduces a serious health risk to all occupants.
- Infestations: Animals such as rats, mice, and other rodents are drawn to safe places where there is standing water. A crawlspace that has been flooded fits this description perfectly. The stagnant water can also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects, all of which could eventually come to infest the rest of the home.
At Intech Anchoring, we can help protect your home and crawlspace from flooding and water damage. Not only will we drain water from your crawlspace, we will prevent it from flooding again in the future. Our Hydraway drainage system is designed to funnel water away from your foundation, relieving any hydrostatic pressure and keeping water away from the crawl space. The system will last for decades, collecting excess water within the ground and guiding it to a sump pump. The pump pushes the water away from your crawl space to another designated location.
If you are experiencing flooding below or around your house, it’s time to consider installing a Hydraway system. Intech Anchoring installers can come to your home to assess the situation and explain various options. Our teams are certified and professional, and will give you the best advice possible based on their experience. To protect your home from flooding and water damage, call Intech Anchoring at 800-223-7015.