If you have problems with water in your crawl space, you may be looking for ways to dry it out and avoid moisture damage. A wet crawl space will become a moldy crawl space if the problem is not addressed in a timely manner.
Odors and mold that develop inside a crawl space can make their way into the living space of the home and negatively impact indoor air quality. We’ve come up with a few ways to keep your space safe and dry.
6 Tips for Keeping Water Out of Your Crawl Space
- Divert water away from the foundation.
- Grade the soil/landscape so that it slopes away from the house.
- Keep gutters clear of leaves and debris.
- Direct downspouts away from the foundation and use a length of pipe to ensure the water is carried away.
- Install French drains to capture water as it soaks into the ground and carry it away from the foundation.
- Waterproof the exterior of foundation walls to prevent water from moving through the foundation.
The idea is to keep water out of the crawl space, but if moisture does get inside, it should be removed as quickly as possible. In crawl spaces where water cannot be stopped from entering from outside, interior French drains or a sump pump may be required to remove the water.
Call Branch Environmental today if you would like to schedule a crawl space inspection and assessment. We will inspect your wet crawl space to determine what specific steps you need to take to keep your crawl space dry and prevent unwanted odors and mold.