Resolving Standing Water Issues in Your Crawl Space

Underneath most homes, in the basement, is a dark crawl space that often goes unnoticed and forgotten about. In this instance, out of sight, out of mind, might be leading to some major issues, including damage to its structure due to water issues.

Water in your home’s crawl space is more than just irritating. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the foundation – wooden beams and joists will begin to rot and strains of mold can develop. After a heavy rainfall, water can pool around the house before the ground eventually absorbs it. Once the ground has become saturated with water the excess water can find its way into your crawl space through damaged foundation and cracks in the concrete walls. Because water issues can escalate quickly, it’s best to take preventative steps to identify problems and mitigate them immediately.

The first step in the process is to call on our waterproofing contractors in Illinois to help identify any potential issues. The first step in diagnosing your crawl space issues is to determine the source of the water- that is, is your home above or below grade.  If your home is below grade, it is safe to assume that your crawl space is in a permanently wet area, which only gets worse after a heavy rain. If your home is above grade, the water in your crawl space may be attributed to a plumbing issue.

Water can enter a crawl space in a variety of ways, though there are some common causes to be aware of including cracks in the walls, floors, or mortar joints; sweating walls (condensation); a burst pipe or leak; high water table; or surface water flooding. A crawl space with water problems, plus lack of light and air circulation, is a breeding ground for mold. Don’t wait until you have a major issue to have your crawlspace treated by waterproofing contractors in Illinois.