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What Qualifies Me to Tell You
How to Fix Your Crawl Space?
by Larry Jacobs
1. A trench must be dug around the perimeter approximately 6-8 inches deep.
Yes, almost every crawl space has
water problems. At least 95% of them have water problems. It is natural for water
to come up into the crawl space and cause moisure problems, mold, odor and
more. You need to dig a trench around the inside perimeter of the crawl space
to take care of the water coming in. If you find that you have odor, soil gas or
even Radon gas you can use a mitigation fan on top of the
sump pump to pull it out of the crawl space. The Perforated-Polyethylene-Pipe around the
inside perimeter of the crawl space with pea
pebbles works to pull the gas out of the crawl space. The crawl space
vapor material is placed above the pipe, so the gas is sucked up from under the
Tip, you really need to
dig a trench around the inside perimeter of the crawl space, The ground in a crawl
space is extremely hard and packed. Most of the time it is all clay and almost
impossible to dig a trench to lay a water drainage hose. So generally you either
need to buy a demolition jack hammer with a clay spade scoop or rent one. They
generally rent for $30 per day, so it is easier to just buy one. The cost is
around $130. It might take you more than one day to dig the trench. There
is quite a lot of digging. These demolition jack hammers are availabe at
Amazon. Without a demolition hammer you will find it almost impossible to dig a
ditch in your crawl space. It will save you hours and hours of time. This is a must
if you have clay or a lot of rocs, which as you can probably see, I did.
See Amazon tools
2. Run the 4 inch Perforated-Polyethylene-Pipe
right next to the edge if possible.
3. The Perforated-Polyethylene-Pipe must run
beside the sump pump. Split the hose on the side of the sump pump so the water drains into
5. The Perforated-Polyethylene-Pipe can also
drain right into the sump pump.
6. Now cover up the Perforated-Polyethylene-Pipe
with pea gravel. This helps to filter the mud from getting into the sump pump.
The combination of the 4 inch drainage hose, the sump pump and the pea gravel should take care
of any water problems. A mitigation fan
will take care of odor.
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