Crawlspace Drainage & Grading Issues
Most issues within the crawlspace occur due to poor crawlspace drainage and grading.
There are many factors that can contribute to puddling, or standing water in your crawl space, such as gutter downspouts draining close to the foundation, negative grading outside the home, diverted water from a neighbor, or a high-water table.
Even if your home is located on Long Beach Island, Wildwood, or any other coastal town, there is a remedy that can mitigate the amount of water under your home.
Should your home suffer from crawlspace drainage or crawlspace grading issues, drainage matting, a vapor barrier, sump pumps, or French drain systems can create a passive system to address the water in your crawlspace.
Crawlspace Drainage & Grading Services
Here’s a breakdown of some of our moisture management techniques and services designed to divert or manage water in your crawlspace. Each service is designed to protect your home from mold and mildew, poor indoor air quality, and energy efficiency:
Crawlspace French Drains
An interior French drain consists of a trench dug around the perimeter of your crawlspace. Our highly skilled technicians remove concrete or dirt from the trench and drill “weep holes” in the foundation block around the perimeter of the crawl space. Following the drilling, we then fill the trench with a drainage aggregate and install our custom French drain system.
Unlike traditional french drains, we use a specialized product designed to prevent blockage that requires 30% less water in the system to begin diverting to a sump pump.
Each French drain comes complete with an extensive warranty.
For problem areas, a sump pump may be recommended when it can handle the amount of water observed during our inspection.
We offer a full line of sump pumps that consists of 1/3 HP-3/4 HP and battery backup sump pumps to suit any of your crawlspace draining needs or preferences.
Each of our sump pump installations come complete with an extensive warranty.
Some crawlspaces have large dips or unleveled surfaces that can make the crawlspace difficult to prevent standing water or flooding.
We offer a full line of options for grading your crawlspace.
Check with your flood insurance carrier as well. In certain situations, we save our customers thousands on their flood insurance by raising the grade of their crawlspace.
Crawlspace Drainage Matting
Drainage matting is installed underneath a vapor barrier and provides adequate disbursement of groundwater that may rise.
At 25 millimeters thick, this material is a great addition to any crawlspace system in rising to the challenge in defending your crawlspace from moisture related issues.
Drainage matting alleviates stress on your vapor barrier and provides room for groundwater to ebb and flow during heavy periods of rain, or when affected by the tide.
Gutter Downspout Extensions
Gutter downspouts are overlooked the most when it comes to crawlspace draining. Downspouts must drain a minimum of 4-8 feet from the foundation to ensure proper protection to your foundation and mitigate crawlspace moisture.
Downspouts can be run above and below ground depending on preference and location. To maintain full usage of your yard, we often divert downspouts underground whenever possible.
Crawlspace Vent Wells
When vents are located in your foundation close to ground level, during heavy periods of rain, water can find its way into your crawlspace by means of your vents. This not only shortens the lifespan of your vents due to rusting, but it also takes large amounts of water into your crawlspace.
Vent wells can be installed to collect such water and force the water to drain through a drainage aggregate such as pea gravel.
Crawlspace Door Wells
Door wells too can cause issues if they do not drain properly. Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancement offers the installation of door wells and correction to existing door wells that may not be handling rainwater properly or provide proper crawlspace draining.
No Amount of Water in the Crawlspace is “Ok”
Water should never be “accepted” in the crawlspace environment. Constant exposure to standing water breeds bacteria, increases your relative humidity, and saturates your wood with water over time leading to mold growth. This in turn also weakens your wood structure and attracts termites, pests, and rodents due to the moist environment.
A weakened wood structure, or structural integrity in general, will make a negative impact on the value of your home. Therefore, drainage & grading issues can make a significant difference in the home selling process. If you want to protect the investment that you’ve made in your home for years to come or are looking to sell your home, it’s imperative that your home’s drainage & grading are in good standing.
Regardless of the conditions within the crawlspace, we can help. Our systems are designed with the challenges of living here on the Jersey Shore in mind.
Contact us today to schedule an evaluation!