What Causes Water in My Crawl Space?

There are many reasons you may end up finding standing water under your house. The crawl space can become flooded or wet because of flooding, plumbing leaks, rain, and more.

Different foundations lend themselves well to crawl space water for different reasons. These different types of foundations are more likely to create a wet crawl space. 

Dirt Crawl Space

Dirt crawl spaces tend to have moisture issues because soil likes to soak up water, whether from rain on the outside or humidity on the inside. Then the water pools at the top of the dirt. When the soil dries, the water on top evaporates and creates humidity.

These dirt crawl spaces may require significant additions to avoid these moisture problems. However, if the problem is just that you have a dirt crawl space, it’s easy for JES to identify the problem and help you find a solution. 

Concrete Block Foundation

Concrete block foundations are the cheapest types of foundations, and they’re easiest for builders to install. That makes them very popular. However, they’re also very prone to cracks, breaks, and other problems, which create standing water underneath your house.

If your home rests on a concrete block foundation, JES will try to find the cracks and breaks that are letting in water. Once JES has identified these problem areas, it’s easier to fix the problem and make sure you don’t run into it again. 

Stone Foundation

These used to be very common types of foundations, but that means they’re typically very old. Their age makes them more likely to crack and let in water, which can lead to water and humidity problems in your crawl space and the rest of your home.

This is a common problem with any old foundation, but stone foundations especially tend to be prone to these cracking issues, which can let in more water and lead to other problems. With JES, you can discover these issues in your foundation before they develop into more severe problems. 

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