How To Get Rid Of Water In Your Crawl Space
It is a good idea to know how to deal with water in your crawl space. Even if you have taken all the proper precautions, your crawl space can still flood because of matters outside of your control (like a burst pipe, or a large amount of rain). Now, if your crawl space has water in it, the first step is always to identify why there is water in the crawl space; if it is something that you can fix, you should do so before actually removing the water in the crawl space. But when you finally get around to actually removing the water from your crawl space, here are the steps you need to take.
Get a pump
If there is a large amount of water in your crawl space, you are going to need to pump it out. While heavy duty pumps are somewhat expensive, you should be able to get a relatively cheap, low volume pump from your local hardware store (in most cases, these types of pumps will be able to easily get rid of most of the water in your crawl space). Operating pumps a pump is fairly simple; just set it up outside the crawl space, run the hose into the crawl space, and then run the discharge hose to an area outside your house, where the water can be safely discharged. If your crawl space floor is made of dirt, be careful where you place the pump because the dirt may clog it.
Using a wet vacuum
The pump will probably not be able to remove all the water, so in order to remove the last little bit of water from your crawl space, try using a heavy duty wet vacuum. Depending on the amount of water left over, you may have to make multiple trips to empty out your wet vac, so plan accordingly.
Drying out the dampness
Once the water has been removed from your crawl space, you need to dry out the crawl space to prevent mold from growing. There are two methods for doing this, first, you can buy an industrial dehumidifier. This is the most effective route. The other method is to set up a fan system to dry out the crawl space. If you do plan to use a fan to dry out the crawl space, make sure it’s an industrial fan. To make sure the crawl space has been thoroughly dried out, make sure to leave the dehumidifier or fan running overnight.
Preventing future incidents
After the crawl space is dried out, you are going to want to look into how to prevent water from getting into the crawl space in the future. The best way to go about this is to get a sump pump installed (if you already have one, and still have issues with water, you may want to consider getting a second one installed). Sump pumps are generally pretty effective at keeping water out of places like basements and crawl spaces. They are a must have if you live in a flood-prone area.