Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Dirt crawl spaces are common and usually troublesome. The earth is damp, and as that damp soil dries, the water vapor moves upward into the house. In most climates where there are dirt crawl spaces, you can never dry the earth, and this invisible stream of water vapor from the exposed earth goes on forever. Groundwater seeps, leaks and even rushes into many crawl spaces. It enters under the footing, between the footing and the walls, right through block walls, and through cracks in poured walls. After it seeps in, it just lays there in puddles, slowly evaporating upward into the house. Many traditional crawl space drains/pipes will eventually clog over time, causing your solution to turn into the problem.
So, what is the solution?
Proper drainage and grading, and a crawl space sump pump system will ensure your investment is protected.