Crawl Space Water Problems – The Truth
How Crawl Space Water Affects Your Home
Crawl space water, open crawl space vents, and/or an unsealed crawl spaces present a number of problems for homeowners, particularly as it relates to the quality of air circulating throughout the house. Heavy rains may produce flooding, and this water builds up around your home’s foundation, eventually seeping into your crawl space. Humid or moist temperatures in this area of your home often lead to condensation, rotting wood, and sticking doors or windows. More importantly, unfiltered air from the crawl space pushes its way into your living space, introducing potentially harmful allergens such as moisture, pests, and even mold.
If the weather outside is damp, hot or cold—you guessed it—so is the air creeping into the crawl space. As a result, the air quality in your home suffers and you experience a higher energy bill. In the winter, cold air enters through an open crawl space or cracks in the foundation, just as hot air comes in during summer, and merges with the air inside your house. The HVAC unit has to work overtime to adequately heat or cool your home. Having water in your crawl space adversely impacts your health, your family and your wallet, but our solutions can help put your concerns to rest.
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What Crawl Space Water Does To Your Home
Crawl space water causes the following problems for your home and family:
- Wood rot & mold
- Failing, wet insulation
- Odors & allergens
- High utility bills
Crawl space water creates the ideal environment for mold growth. What mold needs to grow:
- Food source – organic material (wood, floor joists)
- Moisture – over 60% relative humidity
- Temperature range between 32 – 100 °F
Crawl Space Water Solutions
SmartSump Crawl Space Sump Pump System
Features & Benefits:
- The SmartSump has a high quality Zoeller 1/3-hp cast-iron pump, with automatic float switch
- The lid and unique SuperLiner® sump pump basin are designed to accept the crawl space vapor barrier system, for an airtight seal
- The SmartSump has a unique sump pump cover design, so water from a plumbing leak fills an alarm pocket on the lid first, sounding a WaterWatch® alarm that will let you know there is a plumbing leak
- An airtight lid keeps odors and humidity out, while protecting your sump from debris from the floor. Rubber grommets around all pipes and wires help maintain the airtight lid and also help to keep all PVC pipes steady and quiet
- Sump pump stands are installed to raise pumps off bottom of liner. Any silt or sediment that settles on the bottom of your sump pit will be kept away from your pump. Stands allow for height adjustment of pump if necessary
UltraSump Battery Backup Sump Pump System
The number one reason why a foundation or crawl space gets wet or flooded after the installation of a waterproofing system is from sump pump failure. The UltraSump DC-operated battery backup sump pump protects your below grade foundation and crawl space from flooding if your power goes out, if your circuit breaker fails, or your main sump pump fails to turn on for any reason. The UltraSump also comes standard with a charging system to automatically recharge your battery once power has been reconnected to the system.
Battery Backup Sump Pump System Features:
- The air-tight sump pump cover of an installed SuperSump with an UltraSump battery back up sump pump
- Airtight basement floor drain (to drain water out of your basement in the event of an interior plumbing or other leak)
- WaterWatch sump pump alarm (that sounds off in the event of pump failure for any reason, including a power outage)
- "Smart" charger (to keep the battery charged when AC power is available. The smart charger has a lighted display to show battery status and an alarm to alert you to power failure)
- Sump pump stand to keep the main pump out of any sediment that may get into the sump liner