For many residents of Harrisburg, Camp Hill, and Hershey, Pennsylvania, a crawlspace in their home is a necessary evil. On the one hand, it is often the only way to gain access to plumbing and electrical components from below without causing damage to the surface above. On the other hand, the tiny space is also hard to navigate, is a haven for insects and rodents, and can’t even be used for storage. There’s also the fact that a crawlspace is almost a constant risk for both energy loss and flooding.
Water can enter a properly graded and waterproofed basement easy enough, so imagine the streamlined access it has into a crawlspace. A crawlspace is included in homes that lack a basement or aren’t built on a slab, so not only can rain enter from above, but it can also usually seep in from below. Add that to the fact that crawlspaces have constant exposure to dampness and darkness that prohibits mold and mildew growth, and it seems like crawlspaces are more of a nuisance than an asset.
However, they don’t have to be. At AdvantaClean of the Capital Region, we can remove water in a crawlspace to make your home safe and dry again. Here are the basic steps we take to remove water from crawlspaces.
- Step One: Remove Water – Depending on how severe the infiltration is, the water may need to be pumped out of the crawlspace.
- Step Two: Diagnose Problem – Water in a crawlspace either comes from above as a result of faulty pipes or below from cracks in the foundation or leaks along the house. Before making any fixes in the crawlspace, it’s important to make sure that the water will not return.
- Step Three: Mold Remediation – Moisture that has been around for long periods of time in the damp, dark crawlspace has almost assuredly brought with it some mold growth. Since this can infiltrate the support beams of the home and eat at the wood, we make sure all remnants of the mold and mildew are evacuated.
- Step Four: Solutions – Instead of having water pumped out of a crawlspace every time it forms there, it’s important to implement a solution into the area such as a drainage pit, sump pump, etc.
When it becomes necessary to remove water in a crawlspace, it’s a job best left to the professionals like our crew here at AdvantaClean of the Capital Region. Give us a call today for more information.