Crawl spaces (especially those with unfinished soil floors) don’t get much attention from homeowners. Many don’t even know crawl spaces need to be inspected for water damage.
Given how much it rains here in Portland, OR, this inattention can cause serious damage. Crawl spaces can become easy places for large and small leaks to “hide.” This could potentially lead to serious damage and an unhealthy environment in your home.
Without regular crawl space inspections in your Portland home, even small amounts of water can do serious damage.
How Does Water Enter A Crawl Space in Portland, OR?
Water enters and accumulates in your crawl space via:
Additionally, the soil floors found in many crawl spaces in Portland can let moisture seep in slowly over time.
Water Damage & Mold
Once moisture has accumulated in your crawl space, it can cause water damage to the structure of your house. Places it could damage include:
In addition, water and moisture can lead to the growth of hazardous mold. Once the relative humidity reaches 50% or higher, mold and mildew will grow. Since over half of the air you breathe in your home comes from the crawl space due to the “stack” effect, mold can be a major health hazard for you and your family.
In Portland, Oregon, mold is a very real and very serious problem.
But there’s good news: With regular inspections and a high-quality crawl space drainage system, you can keep water out of your crawl space.
We recommend crawl space inspections about every 6 months in Portland. When inspecting your crawl space, we look for the following:
If any of these are present, there is likely an issue with water entering your crawl space. If you do see signs of water damage or mold in your Portland home’s crawl space, the waterproofing experts at Rock Solid can help!
Installing a crawl space drainage system can help your crawl space remain clean, dry, and mold-free for years to come. At Rock Solid, we’re a team of experienced, full-service contractors. We can handle all the work ourselves (no subcontractors needed!), resulting in faster work and better results for you.
We have a proven system for keeping your crawl space dry. Our experienced crews will come to your Portland home and install our trusted crawl space drainage system.
In addition to just installing a sump basin, pump, and check valve, our proven system involves:
The difference is in the placement and construction of the drain pipe. Other companies may overlook the details that will make sure your crawl space drainage system actually works. Rock Solid focuses on the strength of the system, and its ability to withstand any rain storm thrown its way. We want your crawl space drainage system to be able to handle Portland’s harsh weather for years to come.
The drain pipes in our crawl space drainage systems are:
Completely Under the Soil
Draining moisture before the water can wick up through the dirt.
Positively Sloped To The Sump Basin
Ensuring active drainage, as opposed to a passive system that could fail.
Solidly Constructed & Installed
Unlike flexible corrugated pipe that could fail, our PVC drainage pipes maintain the shape of the slope.
“My wife Linda and I were inspired to start our own waterproofing business after our home’s basement flooded in 2005. I used my experience in the construction industry and create a unique waterproofing process that produces amazing results.”
-Ken, founder of Rock Solid Waterproofing
“We were very pleased to have our basement problem taken care of in a timely manner. The guys at Rock Solid did a great job of communicating with us!” –R. Bonnah