How to Handle a Flooded Crawl Space

flooded crawl space

Sometimes when it rains, it really pours. Flooding is a common result of heavy rainfall and this is not good for those who have crawl spaces. When your crawl space experiences flooding, here’s how you should handle it.

Remove the Water
Standing water can seriously damage your home’s foundation, so it’s best that it be removed immediately. The most effective way to remove the pooling water is with a sump pump, but if your home doesn’t have one then you can use an external one. Place the pump itself away from the water, while one hose is in the crawl space and the other is outside of the house.

All of It
For any excess water that can’t be sucked up by the pump, use a wet vacuum. To effectively utilize a wet vacuum, use a push broom to collect all of the water into one area. Then suck the water up with the vacuum. It’s important to keep doing this until all of the water is removed from the crawl space before attempting to dry it.

Remove the Moisture
Just because the water is gone from the crawl space doesn’t mean the moisture is gone too. If the moisture is not removed from the crawl space within 48 hours, mold and mildew will begin to grow. A crawl space with mold and mildew is the single largest cause of poor indoor air quality in a residential home. Run a dehumidifier in the crawl space to effectively remove any moisture.

Even though the crawl space is out of sight, it should never be out of mind. When you need your crawl space cleaned and protected from moisture, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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