Excessive moisture and flooding in your basement or crawlspace can cause a domino effect of damage clean-up tasks. There is a potential for mold growth and the need for remediation and replacing any damaged interior materials and furnishings to prevent the moisture intrusion from occurring in the future. Here are some recommended steps you will need to consider when remedying a basement and crawlspace moisture problem.
Remove Excess Moisture
When your basement or crawlspace has any amount of moisture within its space, either moisture on the walls as condensation or standing water on the floor, you first need to get it out of the area and dry the space out. Use of a wet vacuum or pump are good options to remove standing water.
If you don't have access to a wet vacuum or a pump, you can rent a heavy duty water pump from a local equipment rental business. If you are experiencing flooding in your community, there may be local organizations available to provide equipment to clean up their home after the event.
You can also place a dehumidifier or a fan in the space to circulate air and help reduce the air humidity to help prevent mold growth from occurring in your home. It is helpful to open up any windows or access hatches into the crawlspace or basement to help promote air flow.
Prevent Future Moisture Problems
Moisture build-up and flooding in your home can either come from an exterior source, such as excessive rainfall or a high water table or can come from within your home due to a leaking pipe or build-up of humidity. And you can remedy the problem by waterproofing your basement from its interior or by preventing water from entering your basement through exterior solutions.
To block moisture problems in your basement or crawlspace from the inside of the space, you can hire a professional water remediation company to install a waterproof barrier on the inside of your crawlspace. Crawl space encapsulation blocks water intrusion from the crawlspace wall and the outside environment to the interior of your storage or basement space. It is important that the air in your crawlspace is climate-controlled and circulates with your home's air to prevent future moisture problems in the basement.
To block water intrusion from the outside of your home, you can install a waterproof barrier on your home's foundation. You can also install a French drain around your home's exterior to collect and divert water from seeping into your basement space.