Does your home have a crawlspace underneath it? If so, then you probably don't spend too much time in this dark (and probably somewhat creepy) enclosure. At the same time, it's a good idea to at least take a peek down into your home's crawlspace a couple of times of month -- especially during periods of heavy rain or precipitation--to make sure there isn't any standing water. Unfortunately, homes with crawlspaces are prone to water issues that can become serious hazards if left undiagnosed and unrepaired.
If you make the unpleasant discovery of finding standing water in your home's crawlspace, there are some things you'll want to do and avoid doing.
DO Check Your Gutters and Downspouts
Start by doing your best to identify potential sources of the water. Has there been a recent increase in precipitation? If so, then check to make sure your home's gutters and downspouts are operating as they should. If your gutters are clogged or if your downspouts are placed too close to the foundation of your home, this is likely why water is getting into your crawlspace.
DON'T DIY Water Removal and Restoration
The water that's in your crawlspace isn't going to disappear on its own. It will need to be pumped out, and special measures will need to be taken to ensure there is no extensive damage in the form of foundation problems, mold, rot, or other problems. This is not a project you should attempt yourself. Professional clean-up crews will have the tools needed to pump water out of your home's crawlspace and thoroughly dry out the area to reduce the risk of long-term issues.
DO Consider Crawlspace Waterproofing
If water accumulating in your home's crawlspace becomes a recurring issue, then it may be time to consider having your crawlspace professionally waterproofed. This can be a great solution for keeping your crawlspace bone dry all year round and protecting the foundation of your home.
Contact a reputable crawlspace waterproofing solutions company to find out more about your options and schedule an in-home consultation so you can determine which type of waterproofing is best for your needs.
DON'T Ignore the Problem
The last thing you should do is to ignore the problem of water in your crawlspace. Even a small amount of standing water can lead to mold growth, which can affect the air you breathe and have a serious impact on your health. And of course, long-standing exposure to water can cause your home's framing and/or foundation to rot and crack.
For more information, contact a company like Ox Foundation Solutions.