Your Crawl Space Drainage Options

There are a number of options for you if you don’t have a great crawl space drainage system. You can fix the drainage problems in your crawl space, but it’s important to do it right. The good news is, many of these options can work alongside each other.

If you’re looking for an answer to your crawl space drainage problems, consider these options.

Crawl Space Perimeter Drain

A crawl space perimeter drain, also sometimes called a French drain, is a below-surface drainage solution that helps drain water out of a crawl space. It directs it outside the home, usually through the sump pump.

It’s important to note that crawl space perimeter drains can function for a very long time as long as they are installed properly. The system offered by JES, called CrawlDrain, is designed with a special fabric along the intake area facing the floor so that it will filter out soil and debris to prevent clogging.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure your perimeter drain is installed by a JES professional. That way, you’ll know your drain has the best chance of working for a long time. 

Sump Pump

This is a small pumping system, installed in the lowest part of your crawl space, that helps make sure your crawl space doesn’t flood. Whereas a drain can only use water’s inherent pressure and gravity, a sump pump is a mechanical apparatus that pumps it out.

This is a great option for homes that tend to have water build-up. Although it can’t fix crawl space moisture on its own, it’s a crawl space drainage solution that works, especially when it’s installed by a professional.

You should install a sump pump once you’ve fixed any problems that are allowing water to enter your home, so you can get it dry and keep it dry. Just make sure you contact a JES expert to do the installation.

Full Encapsulation

Of course, before you start maintaining a clean and dry crawl space, you must make sure your crawl space is clean and dry to begin with. The only real way to do that if you have a dirt crawl space is to fully encapsulate it.

With crawl space encapsulation, you don’t have to worry about water coming in from things like dirt floors and open crawl space vents. With a vapor barrier and sealed crawl space vents, your crawl space will remain dry.

To achieve full encapsulation, you must make sure you’re shutting off moisture from all its potential incoming areas. When you talk to a JES expert about encapsulation, you’ll know you’re getting an all-encompassing fix.

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