Standing water anywhere in your house or crawl space can lead to water damage and mold damage. Standing water in a crawlspace can eventually rot your floor joists and sill plates just from the moisture level alone. Mold will grow on any surface, whether hard or soft, such as fiberglass insulation and on the plastic vapor barrier.
In order to pinpoint your problem, first determine if it’s coming from “above grade” or “below grade” which means above or below the typical water table in your area. If, after rain or snow melt, there is standing water on the ground around your house outside, then your basement or crawl space could start looking the same way.
If there is no standing water outside, and there is dripping or standing water inside your house, it is most likely a plumbing issue. Test and see if it is connected to someone using the water inside, such as flushing the toilet, taking a shower or using the washer or dishwasher. If you can trace the water to a plumbing problem, call your plumber right away.
If it is definitely a “below grade” problem here are several things to try:
• Check your gutters for clogs or leaks. If your gutters are working correctly, water should be draining at the downspouts at the corners, not down the center of the house walls.
• Check the drainage at the downspouts. You may want to get corrugated pipes and adapters to lead the water farther from the foundation.
• Check the foundation. You should have a slope away from the foundation all the way around the house. Fill up any low spots near the foundation and make sure that water does not pool near the house.
• Check the crawl space. Depending on your area, there could be pipes other drainage options to allow the block to drain. Plastic sheeting, concrete, sprayed sealant and other methods are used to keep water out. If you need help to determine what you have and what your options are, give us a call.
If you find standing water in your home or business, give us a call for a consultation. We specialize in water clean-up and restoration – including mold damage, while working with your insurance company.