Standing water gathered around your house can cause serious problems. Think flooding and foundation damage,…
Crawl Space and Basement Technologies of NC, we are experienced at remedying a water problem under or inside your house that can wreak havoc. In this article, we shed some light on the problems caused by a wet crawl space and what you can do to prevent flooding under your house or inside your house.If you notice standing water in your yard or under your house, you should be concerned. Standing water under the house in the crawl space or basement can lead to major problems in the structure of the home as well as health hazards for your family if there is mold. When there is significant water coming into your yard from a higher elevation, you can even experience flooding inside your house. Don't panic. There are certain preventive steps you can take to alleviate problems with standing water and flooding. At
Water in the Crawl SpaceGroundwater leaks and pooling water add humidity to your crawl space which can cause mold, dust mites, termites, and other pests. Standing water can cause rot and structural damage (like hardwood flooring "cupping") to the house. There are three primary causes of water in the crawl space:
- Groundwater can cause the soil around the foundation to become saturated after periods of heavy precipitation. Water from the surrounding soil pushes against the walls of the foundation and eventually comes inside.
- Surface water that gets into the crawl space is usually from roof drainage, overflowing gutters, grading issues, or leaks in the basement windows.
- Plumbing problems like a leak or a burst pipe can cause water in the crawl space. You won't be protected even if you have a moisture barrier because the water will sit on top of the liner until it evaporates.
- Heavy or prolonged rains
- Melting snow
- Wet property
- Clay soil
- Outside ground isn't graded away
- Gutter downspouts flow water directly on the foundation
- A patio slopes toward the house
- Plumbing leaks