Standing Water Creates Damp Basements and Crawlspaces

Floods and flood alerts are common in South Jersey, as most residents know. With the ocean and many waterways, the skies absorb moisture, and even if no snow occurs, torrential rains quickly overcome the land tables. 

The skies can be bright and clear one moment and the next, as black as night with a downpour that occurs in seconds. Residents use basement and crawlspace waterproofing routinely. Some homes are built upon pedestals to avoid water penetrating the home.

There is one problem that remains, however, and that is standing water, which can remain even after a flood. The term “standing water” is exactly what it means. It is the water that remains either around a home or in a spot in the ground close to a home or under it that is not absorbed by the ground.

While eventually the standing water will evaporate due to sunlight and heat, it can remain for a long time, and if more rain occurs, it can seem like it is there to stay forever. This standing water creates excess humidity and dampness in basements and crawlspaces and can eventually wear down a foundation.

What are the Solutions to Standing Water? 

While some standing water will remain on any property perimeter that is outdoors, it is not normal to have a relative swimming pool on your property 

This is hazardous, especially to the foundation. According to Bob Villa Magazine, there are DIY (Do It Yourself) solutions but unless a homeowner is a really knowledgeable handyperson this is not recommended by basement and crawlspace waterproofing companies as extensive experience is required.

Basement Gurus that served this area for decades and know how to eliminate standing water permanently with the latest solutions at affordable prices. A homeowner who constantly has to fight standing water that infiltrates a home, creating a damp basement and crawlspace, will eventually see significant damage to the foundation. This is serious.

Solutions will include the following:

  • A walk around of the entire property outside

Slopes are especially evaluated as any steep slopes that lead to a patch of ground that stops the flow of water will indeed create a backup of the water and standing water. Leveling of the ground will be recommended first.

  • Inside walkthrough of the basement/crawlspace

Sometimes the only indication of standing water is when it appears on the inside of a home. This can be puddles in the basement, damp crawlspaces, and even some standing water on the upper levels. Water travels and the paths need complete investigation. Slow seepage with standing water takes a thorough evaluation.

  • Installation of drains 

These can be French Drains which require dig-outs to install and are then filled with gravel or other materials. Other types of drains might be recommended such as end of slope drains that force the water back into the ground.

  • Installation of underground downspouts 

Homes generally have downspouts but most are not inground, instead, they lead to drains that might be overwhelmed by the amount of water. Inground downspouts can go several feet into the ground, effectively leading to the elimination of standing water immediately 

  • Sump pump installation 

Sump pumps for basement and crawlspace waterproofing are used by most homeowners in the South Jersey area. However, not many homeowners realize that the addition of an outside sump pump can alleviate standing water. 

Most property owners associate sump pumps with indoor usage, but a firm such as Basement Gurus can install outdoor sump pumps that assist with standing water problems.

Outdoor installation of sump pumps is tricky, and only a reputable firm should install these as they are generally pedestal sump pumps, and the dangers of exposure to water must be avoided.

Sump pumps are usually recommended for continued seepage no matter what the cause in basement and crawlspace waterproofing. Basement Gurus is the “go to” company for experience with all waterproofing and is a sump pump specialist.

Conclusion – Standing Water Creates Damp Basements and Crawlspaces

Even visitors to South Jersey and surrounding areas can notice standing water. It is a type of seepage that does not dissipate quickly. It does impact a home’s value, especially if a homeowner is looking to sell in the future.

It is, in addition, a major cause of foundation damage to a home, especially if it is present near the foundation. It does eventually creep into a home and cause interior damage as well including warped flooring.

The only solution is to alleviate this problem once and for all, and it can take a variety of methods.

Because of its service in this area, Basement Gurus is well aware of the “standing water problem” and offers an entirely free evaluation to all property owners. Simply fill out the form on the website or call for immediate assistance. 

You do not have to “stand” for standing water problems anymore!