As is mentioned in multiple other pages throughout this site, when people think of a crawl space repair, the first image that comes to mind is the white vapor barrier on the ground and up the walls. What most individuals without a lot of knowledge on the subject don’t think about is how much more there is to it than that.
Compare the crawl space repair process to building a house, if you just start framing on top of the soil without digging any kind of foundation you will soon find that the house will not stand for long. This is the comparable to the drainage system’s relationship with the actual encapsulation process.
Read through the encapsulation page to get a full understanding of the entire process, but for now let’s talk about where drainage fits into the big picture.
Have you ever tried to pick weeds when the soil is bone dry and it hasn’t seen water in weeks, if not months? Likewise have you ever tried to dig a hole on a piece of bone try land? It does not work, because the ground is completely solid. In terms of picking weeds this is a bad thing, in terms of getting ready to encapsulate the space under your home, it is a wonderful thing. Think about how easy some of the most stubborn weeds come out of the ground after you pour a little water on the area where the roots are. This example shows you the potential dangers of having water in this area of the home.
Here’s another example: imagine for a second that you have a rather large cut on one of your index fingers. Can you even fathom what would happen (or not happen) if you simply hopped out of the shower or pool and slapped a bandaid on top of the wet wound? The cut would take weeks and weeks to heal and would have an awful smell upon removal. Picture our HSV Crawlspace professional’s down in your space, wearing water boots and laying vapor barrier on top, it would be of no use to you.
When we first inspect your home to give you an accurate estimate, one of our professionals will assess the moisture already evident in the crawl space. More often than not there is enough moisture that it is visible with the naked eye. Upon detection of the moisture, we can safely assume that this is going to be a potential chink in the armor of your crawl space repair if not properly fixed. It is at this time that we will try our best to find any large openings or holes that are allowing unwanted water into the crawl space.
The next step is to create a drainage system that will allow all the water to run to the lowest spot in the home. This will be the same location the sump pump is installed. With the combination of the drainage system and the sump pump, the bulk of the larger water issues are at this point solved.