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Often the cause of standing water or excess moisture in a crawlspace is poor drainage, The moisture remediation experts at Energeyes will inspect and review your crawlspace area, as well as the grading and water management around the outside of your home. Often a solution is a combination of directing water away from the foundation and preventing moisture buildup that can cause damage and health problems.
How Does Your Home Manage Water?
When your Energeyes technician arrives to review your home’s moisture issues, he or she will start on the exterior, looking at grading around the home and downspouts to see how and where rainwater is directed. If the grading and rain spouts are draining properly, it could mean that a high water table or other excess home moisture could be building up inside your crawlspace. In that instance, a foundation drain may be a solution to drain water away from your Apex, NC area home.
How Does a Foundation Drain Work?
Residential foundation drainage systems work by using gravity to direct excess water into a trench that travels around your home’s foundation. The idea is to stop home flooding by diverting groundwater away from the crawlspace, before it has a chance to well up and collect. A foundation drain could be placed on the inside perimeter of the crawlspace or around the exterior of your home’s foundation. Foundation drains are often called French drains and function in the same way.
Perforated Pipes and Gravel Improve Drainage
Foundation drain installation begins with a trench dug to below the footing level. Then gravel is spread in the bottom and a perforated pipe is placed on top and connected around the trench. The pipe is often wrapped with filter cloth to keep sediment from clogging the drain. The drain pipe then is directed outside, away from the foundation. Finally, the trench is filled with more gravel, then covered with soil fill.
Part of a Crawlspace Moisture Control Plan
Once excess water is directed away from the area, additional moisture control may take several directions to protect your home and your family’s health. Depending on your home’s unique properties, a single solution or a combination of remedies can solve your issues. Some of the moisture control options the home performance professionals at Energeyes offer include: