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4 Steps for Drying Out Your Crawl Space

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Workman with protective suit crawling under house from crawlspace underneath a wooden deck - only his legs and feet showing Workman with protective suit crawling under house from crawlspace

4 Steps for Drying Out Your Crawl Space

A heavy storm can do a lot of damage to your home in Bartlett, TN, and flooding doesn't always happen in the most obvious places. If you find standing water in your crawl space after a rainstorm, you may need the help of water restoration specialists to dry it out. These certified technicians have the right equipment and experience to remove the water and make sure no residual damage lingers. Here are the steps they take to do so.

1. Extraction

You may have a well-maintained sump pump in your crawl space, but an industrial pump on a truck mount can get the water out faster. Once technicians arrive and assess the situation, they will probably want to remove the excess water immediately. The sooner it is extracted, the less damage it can do to your house.

2. Debris Removal

When your crawl space flooded, it is likely that debris washed in with the storm water. Other items already in the space may have been submerged. Experts can use a trash pump to remove everything from the area.

3. Cleanup

The extent of the cleanup process depends mostly on how much water flooded the crawl space and how long it was sitting there. Technicians may have to use special equipment to remove water-damaged materials. Then the contaminated area must be thoroughly disinfected to get rid of any bacteria that came in with the stormwater.

4. Drying

After the space is clean, technicians must make sure no excess moisture remains. The drying process can help keep secondary damage such as mold growth from occurring. Only after the space is completely dry can any necessary rebuilding take place.
It may seem simple to remove water from your crawl space with only your sump pump. If you want to ensure that you avoid further damage, though, it's best to entrust the process to professionals with the experience and equipment to handle it.

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