Some Plausible Ways Of Removing Water In A Crawl Space
A crawl space generally refers to some type of basement that does not afford its users with a lot of space to move around, as a matter of fact it is difficult to stand up straight in most of these spaces and thus the name. It is generally used for the storage of some unused items and in some instances it has cables and pipes running through it. Water usually seeps through to such spaces either from the underground or through some other means such as a burst or leaking pipes. Damp conditions in crawl spaces usually leads to swelling of the timber used in such spaces, the introduction and development of fungus and termites and general rot of the entire surface.
The process or removing water from this space usually involves the use of a variety of pumps to remove the water and therefore reduce the moisture levels in the crawl space. First and foremost it is important to wear the correct safety clothes before embarking on this project. Make sure you have well fitting hand gloves, a pair of boots and the necessary equipment such as a wet/dry shop vac or an Immersible sump –pump. Depending on how frequently you face the same problem you can either rent or buy this pump; if the problem is quite persistent, buying your own pump may be cheaper in the long run.
Due to the above mentioned problems, it is advisable to constantly keep on checking on such spaces and get rid of the resultant moisture and water. When planning about how to remove water in a crawl space, there are several methods which can be used to achieve this objective; some of them are discussed below:
Using Wet/Dry Shop Vac
This should be the first method to be adopted when one is trying to remove water from a crawling space. This equipment is quite portable and easy to use. Apart from the frequent dumping of water from the Shop Vac which may be required, the method is very fast and relatively easy to implement.
Once you start pumping, make sure you have somewhere such as a bucket or an external storage space to pour the water coming from the portable shop Vac. This method is quite effective and efficient too when compared against other available methods.
Using an Immersible Sump Pump
To safely use this pump, it is important to make sure the pump does not have any exposed wires, if there is any, make a point of wrapping it using an electrical tape so as to avoid any chance of electrocution. It is also important to have an extension cable ready so as to use it if the pump does not reach the farthest corner of the crawl space. The drainage hose of the pump should also be long enough so as to dump the water as far as possible, if by any chance the hose is short, make a point of using a bucket or portable tank to dump this water as far as possible from the crawl space. The pumped out water should be poured far off so as to prevent instances of the removed water draining back to the crawling space and negating all the work and effort that has been put in the task.
Make sure that all the filters are in place and are functional as this will allow you to remove all the debris and other dirt which may be present in the pumps inlet.
The use of Space heaters
These come in handy once the initial task of clearing the crawling space of water has been achieved by either of the above methods or a combination of these methods. It is recommended that you set these heaters with fans under the house so as to fully dry out the crawl space. To get the best results, it is advisable to have the fans run for at least 24 hours, if after this period there is still some dampness or lots of moisture, do it again for another 24 hours until the space is dry.
Once the above counter measures have been implemented, the crawl space should be constantly checked so as to take note of any problem(s) which may be cropping up at any given time. Check out on any broken pipes or other leakages and make a point of keeping the space as dry as realistically possible.
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