The Causes of Water in Your Basement Crawlspace

crawlspace basementYour crawlspace is prone to water damage. Whether it sneaks in through your home’s foundation or from a flood, having excess water in your crawlspace happens. There are several ways for the water to enter your home.

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If you are looking to prevent future damage and minimize leaks, here are a few common areas to examine. These areas are especially prone to standing water. Make sure to check these areas throughout the year, even if it isn’t rainy.

  • Cracks in Walls and Flooring is the easiest way for water to enter your crawlspace. Even small cracks can allow water to trickle in.
  • Broken pipes don’t just affect how quickly water drains in your sink – these pipes often travel through your basement and can allow water to leak.
  • Poor drainage throughout the home from blocked gutters can cause water to pool in your basement.
  • Sump pump failure can cause water buildup. Issues with sump pumps are common after heavy rainstorms.
  • Water heater failure or rusting can also cause major damage and is common as the tank ages. Malfunctions can also cause significant damage.

Check these areas throughout the year to prevent damage. If you notice any issues with cracks, pipes, draining, or rust, remedy the issue as soon as possible.

Some signs of water damage include:

  • Stains on floors, walls, and ceilings.
  • Mold and mildew buildup can be visible or cause a distinct odor.
  • Musty odors are common after heavy rain and could indicate a leak.
  • Efflorescence is a white powder that appears when water seeps through basement walls.

How to Keep Water Damage Out

Preventing water damage in your crawlspace isn’t always easy. In some cases, the repairs needed to maintain your walls, flooring, pipes, drains, and water heater can be done on your own. It is important to know when to bring in the experts when it comes to waterproofing your home. Installing a new drainage system, for example, can be very difficult for an individual with no training to do. If installed incorrectly, this can cause serious problems later on.

Some easy things you can do to prevent damage include:

  • Clean your gutters regularly
  • Inspect your landscaping for soil issues around the foundation of your home.
  • Repair any cracks or gaps using hydraulic cement. If the cracks in your basement are severe, you may need to hire a professional.
  • Repair drain tile using a flush or snake.
  • Check for plumbing issues.
  • Waterproof the basement walls. Fresh paint can help keep your basement walls sealed.

If you aren’t sure where to start when waterproofing your home, try contacting a water damage specialist. They can often guide you through the waterproofing process and answer any specific questions you may have about your home.

Where to Find Water Damage Specialists

We are always willing to help homeowners mitigate water damage and remove excess water. Whether you have been affected by a recent storm or you are concerned about potential damage throughout the year, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more.