Water Removal from Crawl Spaces
As we all know from our reading, water damage has the uncanny ability to get into pretty much any area of your home, including those spaces that you may not think to look into. Since water flows downhill, it is a foregone conclusion that it will eventually get into your basement or crawlspace. While basements can be very easy to access, crawlspaces often prove somewhat more problematic. Yet it is still just as important to get to this area and begin the water removal process. Remember that any water left standing can set the stage for subsequent problems such as mold. Crawlspace water may also lead to other problems such as a swelling of timbers, premature rot, termites, and fungus growth.
Most crawlspaces may be effectively dried out through the use of a wet/dry vac or shop vac unit. These are usually the fastest and easiest ways to remove water from a property. Do not attempt to use your regular vacuum for this purpose…you will only end up replacing your vacuum and you will run the risk of electrical shock.
In more severe cases, you can buy o rent a submersible pump with a long drainage hose. Make sure all filters are installed to remove as much dirt as possible from the pump’s inlet to prevent clogging. Once the pump is in the water, switch it on, making sure that the end of the hose carrying the water is far removed from your home. The last thing you need is water draining back into your house.
Between the two types of pumps, you should be able to remove most of the water from your home. Of course you may have to crawl under the house in order to finish the job, so wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Once the water is out, use space heater, air blowers, or high velocity fans to circulate air through the area and finish the drying process. Allow up to 24 hours of continuous drying in order to allow everything to get completely dry. At that point check all surfaces by touch to determine dryness. If you find any residual moisture, then continue the drying process.
A reminder, if the water has been standing for longer than a couple of days, wear a filtration mask, since there is a very good chance that you are dealing with a mold problem. Also, be cautious when using electrical plugs around any sort of water spill. If you have access to a gas powered submersible pump, make use of that option.
Of course the best choice for your crawlspace water removal needs is to call your local water damage restoration company. They are available 24/7 and offer same day emergency service in most cases, which means a technician on site within an hour or so. They are experienced and trained on the latest water removal tools and procedures, and can begin the process immediately.