why is your crawlspace wet
Why is your crawlspace wet?
Here in Oregon we see a lot of wetness in crawl spaces. This is a common problem for homeowners in a place that sees a lot of rain. This is why it is important for you to make sure your crawlspace is properly draining and your sump pump works and is installed correctly. Here are some reasons that your crawlspace may be wet.
Surface Water Flooding
The ground can’t always absorb heavy rains and melting snow quickly enough. The water table begins to rise and lower floors of your home may flood.
Poorly Graded Grounds
Home sites are supposed to be graded so that the slope of the ground directs water away from the foundation of your home. If this is done incorrectly or if erosion has changed the grading of your land, water can flow towards your home and into your basement or crawlspace.
Defective Window Wells
Basements or crawlspaces often have windows or small vents on exterior walls. Window wells should be designed to prevent water from entering; improperly designed or defective window wells will act as a drain, funneling any pooled water directly into your home.
Broken Water Lines or Water Heater
Your water lines and water heater are the main vehicles to get water to your sinks, toilets, and showers. Worn out plumbing, frozen pipes, or a puncture due to construction can all lead to broken water lines. A failed water heater can also create serious flooding problems.
If your crawlspace is wet it is important to get it dried out and find the root of the problem as soon as possible. Your Crawlspace Guys can help to repair your crawlspace and put the right equipment in place to avoid future water getting into your crawlspace.