What to Do When You Have Standing Water Under Your Home

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After recent heavy rainfall, many Maryland homeowners are facing the challenge of standing water in their crawl spaces and basements, which can lead to issues ranging from structural damage to health concerns within the home. Addressing these concerns promptly—with the right solutions, such as sump pumps, french drains, and crawl space encapsulation—is crucial to prevent further damage.

The Immediate Risks of Standing Water

Standing water in and around your home, especially in crawl spaces or basements, can quickly escalate into significant problems, including:

  • Warped floors: Excessive moisture can cause wooden structures throughout a home to swell and deform, even in places that aren’t directly exposed to the water.
  • Mold growth: Standing water can act as a breeding ground for mold and other potential health and indoor air quality issues.
  • Structural integrity: Constant moisture weakens a home's foundation and structural components.

Effective Solutions to Address Standing Water

There are several ways to mitigate the risks associated with standing water:

Sump Pump Installation

A sump pump is your first line of defense against water intrusion. It automatically activates to pump out water accumulating around your home’s foundation or in the basement, thus preventing flooding and associated damages.

Installing French Drains

French drains redirect water away from your home, helping to minimize soil saturation near the foundation and preventing water from pooling in your yard or near structural elements.

Crawl Space Encapsulation

This comprehensive approach involves covering the crawl space with a vapor barrier, effectively sealing the area from external moisture. Benefits include:

  • Enhanced air quality in your home
  • Prevention of mold growth
  • Stability in indoor temperatures

Why Address Standing Water Now?

Ignoring a flooded crawl space or basement can escalate into more severe issues over time. Taking proactive steps towards addressing issues of standing water and moisture can yield significant benefits:

  1. Maintain Your Home’s Structural Integrity: Keeps the foundational structures of your home intact and secure.
  2. Healthier Living Environment: Reduces the risk of mold and mildew, contributing to healthier indoor air quality.
  3. Energy Efficiency: A dry crawl space and basement contribute to less change in home temperatures, reducing energy costs.

Choosing the Right Partner for Water Mitigation

At Total Home Performance, our expertise in crawl space encapsulation and effective water diversion services such as sump pump and French drain installation make us the best local option to solve standing water issues in your home. Plus, as a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® partner, Total Home Performance is uniquely qualified to help you earn rebates of up to $10,000 on the work.

With the recent uptick in rainfall and the ongoing threat it poses to homes, now is the time to take action. Addressing standing water with our team not only protects your home’s structural integrity but also ensures it remains a healthy, comfortable, and safe space for your family.

Looking to fix your damp crawl space? Dealing with water damage in your basement? Call 410-822-1390 or contact us today for long-lasting whole home solutions!

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