Standing Water In Crawl Space

Have you found standing water in your crawl space? This is actually very common and you might be one of the hundreds of other homeowners asking themselves what to do next. 

If you are, take a deep breath and read our short guide on how to deal with standing water in your crawl space. We will explain to you why you should not leave water standing, what can cause this problem and how to get rid of it once and for all.  

Is Standing Water in Crawl Space Normal? 

Some homeowners panic looking for any signs of water and moisture in their crawl spaces. Some do not even know it might be an issue. So is standing water in crawl space really a problem?

The simple answer is yes, it is.

It might be okay for some water to accumulate under your house after heavy rain. But all water should have an effective way out of your home and should never turn into a “standing” water. 

Standing water can cause wood to rot and mold growth. Mold in crawl space is a serious issue: it damages the house foundation and affects the air quality in the entire home. Other adverse effects of humidity in the crawl space are high electric bills and common crawl space pests like mice, rats, and termites.

What Causes Standing Water in Crawlspace? 

The first step to dealing with standing water in crawl space is determining its source. Some of the common causes of flooded crawl spaces are: 

  • Cracks in the Foundations. Rainwater and groundwater may seep into our crawlspace through cracks or leaks in the foundation of the house. Inexpensive block foundations and stone foundations are especially prone to cracking and letting water and air in.  
  • Drainage issues. Drainage issues occur when water enters the crawl space and the drains, gutters or downspouts are damaged or improperly installed. Another important factor is grading on the landscape: a slope towards a foundation vent is sure to cause water problems in your crawl space. 
  • Rising groundwater. A sump pump can be used to keep the rising groundwater away from your crawlspace. If you don’t have one or it’s improperly installed, groundwater may accumulate causing further damage. 
  • Plumbing issues. Crawl spaces flooding may be caused by burst or leaking pipes clogged sewage lines and overwhelmed sewage systems. Since the access to crawlspaces is limited, water may be left standing for a longer period of time. 



What are the Solutions? 

To get rid of the standing water in your crawl space, you should effectively determine and address its causes. If you are not sure about what makes your crawl space flooded, call in professional water restoration experts to inspect your home. Random DIY tips that do not address the cause of standing water might just waste your time and effort. Standard solutions to water in crawl space include: 

Adding proper grading     

Check your property grade and low point drain. Do not allow a poor sloping grade to direct water to your home structure, you simply need to build it up. The slope should extend for at least the first 6-8 feet from the foundation walls. Mind that rain and snowmelt can wash away the slope, so it’s better to check the grade from time to time and take measures if needed.     

Correcting a low point drain issues

To allow water to escape the crawl space, a low point drain should be installed at the lowest point of the crawl space and slope towards the street. It happens that a crawl space has a flooded section that does not connect to the drain. You may solve the problem trenching a line between the section and a low point drain or a sump pump. If the standing water in your crawl space is below this drain, it was installed above the lowest point thus, it will not perform its intended function. If the water covers the drain but does not flow out, the drain is likely clogged. In this case, it’s better to stick to a sump pump.

Installing sump pumps

A sump pump is a great resource to get standing water out of your crawlspace. A sump pump should be installed in a basin dug in the lowest point of the crawl space. If you are installing the sump pump on your own, be sure to use a backflow valve on the discharge pipe and install a GFCI outlet to prevent electrocution. 

Installing, repairing or cleaning gutters and downspouts 

Gutters and downspouts should direct rainwater away from your home. Downspouts should point away from the foundation wall and have a splash block guiding water away. Make sure the splash blocks are not less than 2 feet long. Extensions at the base of the downspouts are also a good solution to move water further from your home.    

Waterproofing and encapsulation  

Waterproofing and encapsulation will help to keep water and moisture off your crawl space. The processes involve shielding a crawl space floor and foundation walls with a vapor barrier. To increase the effectiveness of the solution, professionals install a dehumidifier that controls a crawl space moisture level. 


If you discover water in your crawl space, don’t turn a blind eye on the problem. If the cause of the flooding is not obvious, schedule a free inspection with a local restoration company. A professional inspection will give you clarity about the drainage system of your property. Experts will also reveal any pipe leaks or pipes that are about to fail to which can prevent any major plumbing issues.  

Who’s Responsible for Water Damage: Tenants or Landlords?

who's responsible for water damage

Water may cause serious damage in a rental property. Both tenants and landlords are sometimes confused over the responsibility for such damages. The question being: who exactly should pay for the trouble?

In this article by professionals of Dawson PM, we’ll take a closer look at the main responsibilities of tenants and landlords concerning water damage. While you should check for state-specific legal differences, these general guidelines will help you understand the whole situation a bit better.

How to spot signs of water damage?

Damage doesn’t always result from water violently gushing from broken pipes. Sometimes water damages accumulate slowly and subtle signs grow into something more serious.

Brown spots are typical symptoms of water making its way into places where it shouldn’t be. The discoloring results from the brown surfactant that’s used to bind paint. Water releases this surfactant, making the damaged areas look ugly.

Also, you could easily smell strange odors or spot changes in the surface textures. The smell comes from mold growth. And the texture changes can be anything from cracks and bubbles to bends and warps.

When you start noticing subtle signs of water damage appearing in the rental space, then contact your landlord immediately and try to work out the root causes.

The devil is in the details

responsible for water damage

Having detailed contracts will help minimize endless arguments. When your rental contract isn’t covering enough of the possible risks and situations, then turning to the law is the next step.

This route is always more costly compared to ensuring clear agreements starting from the beginning. At the same time, it’s inevitable that you won’t be able to define every circumstance in the contract. Most problems need common sense and knowledge about the local laws regarding landlords’ and tenants’ responsibilities.

When are the landlords responsible for water damage?

All landlords need to make their rental spaces habitable and safe. Pipes, plumbing, and roof leaks are all part of the rental space. Any lack of maintenance invites trouble. Of course, your landlord is responsible for the proper maintenance in order to lower the risks of potential water damage.

As you can see, these are very broad principles. That’s why we need to analyze a few cases to see how this responsibility works out in real life. You should keep in mind that there are circumstances that

minimize or completely remove the landlord’s responsibility. Keeping this risk in mind allows you to make better decisions when faced with an unexpected water emergency.

Shared responsibilities

While the landlord is accountable for keeping the rooms habitable, the tenant should do everything to prevent additional damage. One of the pipes starts to leak? Yes, it was the landlord’s responsibility to keep the pipe system properly maintained so this wouldn’t happen.

Still, part of that responsibility is passed on to the tenant when the water emergency situation unfolds. You need to immediately alert the landlord and keep any of your personal possessions from getting further damage. Taking a passive approach would mean a significant risk that the landlord wouldn’t have to reimburse the damage to your personal belongings.

When are the tenants responsible for water damage?

Not all water emergencies have anything to do with the landlord’s neglect. Imagine that you are away on a trip aboard and one of your relatives leaves the bathtub faucet on for so long that the water flows all over the floor.

When he discovers the accident, a few hours have passed and the water has even damaged the ceiling below. In this case, the landlord assumes absolutely zero responsibility and the tenant must pay for the damages.

Overflowing toilets are common culprits for water damage. But who pays for the consequences? In these cases, you have to understand why the toilet started to overflow.

If the pipes were in a bad state, then the landlord must pay up. When the tenant just clogged the toilet by flushing facial tissues, condoms, or tampons, then the landlord isn’t held accountable for the resulting expenses.

Insurance might help

Renter’s insurance provides a nice backup strategy. Typically, this insurance isn’t an actual requirement, but it can make your life easier. In some circumstances, the landlord has the right not to pay for anything if they can prove the damage occurred because of the tenant’s negligence.

Having a good renter’s insurance plan lessens worries about unexpected accidents that might make a serious dent in your wallet.

So, Who’s Responsible for Water Damage: Tenants or Landlords?

Serious water damage wrecks properties and all the possessions inside. More subtle cases need attention as well: mold, brown spots, and strange smells need to be sorted out.

Landlords need to keep the place habitable and safe. This principle covers proper maintenance to remove the risk of extensive water damage. That said, accidents happen, and tenants might find themselves in situations where they have to cover the costs.

Renter’s insurance is a smart way to lower these risks. And even if the landlord is responsible for the water damage, it’s up to the tenant to immediately alert about the issue.

Drying Hardwood Floors In Your Home

When attempting to dry your hardwood floors in your home, the most important factor is time. If you arrive home shortly after a dishwasher leak, and the water hasn’t been sitting on your wood floors for too long, then there is a good chance we can save your floors. However, if you arrive home to find extensive damage to your wood floors to the point of cupping or crowning, your floors are likely no longer salvageable. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage on your wood floors. So if you arrive home to find water on your floors but decide not to do anything for a lengthy period of time, you are putting all your wood floors at risk.

hardwood floor cupping

How The Woodfloor Drying Process Works

The first step in saving your hardwood floors is to remove any standing water on the floors.

After all standing water is removed, now we have to remove the water that has seeped into the floorboards and subfloor. This can be very difficult, luckily Professional Restoration Services has specialty drying equipment designed to dry hardwood floors.

To remove the water trapped in the floorboards and below you place the special floor mats of the Injectidry System on the affected wood floor and connect the floor mats with a hose to the “vacuum” like machine. This system will use a suction-like process to draw the water droplets from the subfloor through the floorboards and eventually removing all excess water in your wood floors bringing it back to its dry standard.

water damage injectidry raleigh nc

Commercial Flood Water Damage Restoration Hurricane Matthew Raleigh NC

Many Businesses in Raleigh received a tremendous amount of water damage on Saturday, October 8, 2016. As of October 9, many are still without power. Rivers, creeks, and streams in Raleigh overflowed with water, unable to drain the water away fast enough. Raleigh received 8.5″ inches of rain and there was even more in Wendell.

Flood Damage Experts

We are one of the few water restoration companies in the area with a North Carolina State Contractor’s License. This means we can tackle larger jobs and commercial jobs, even where there is over $10,000 in damage. We are also locally owned and operated and our primary job is removing water from triangle area homes and businesses.

For more information call our 24hr hotline or feel free to check out our Raleigh water damage page.

If you received water damage near Crabtree Mall, Glenwood Ave, Creedmore Rd, Gorman Street contact us today.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Damage from Hurricane Matthew in the Triangle? hurricane-1712066_640

Homeowners in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Apex, Durham and Chapel Hill have been calling in to as about damage from the latest storm to roll through central North Carolina, Hurricane Matthew.

Many people in the area have moderate home damage.

If you have wind or water damage contact us today, especially if you have water damage which will only get worse as time goes on. Our 24hr hotline is 919-467-1991.

Will insurance cover this?

This depends. Most homeowners policies will cover wind and water damage. However, you have a deductible that you will need to take care of as well.

If you have water damage that may merit a claim contact us today.

If you have wind damage which may merit a claim contact us today.

Alternately, some homeowners call their insurance company first. This is usually how we meet you- after the insurance company dispatches us. This is because we work with almost every carrier in the area. There are, however, often benefits to contact us first. Feel free to call with any questions which you may have.

Minor damage

If you do not have major damage to your home you may be better off simply contacting someone who does basic home repairs and home improvements. This Raleigh home improvement company does basic siding repairs

Damage around the triangle

Much of the reports we have so far are from downed limbs and water damage. Raleigh experienced wind gusts up to 65MPH and received about 8in of rain. The damage was not as bad as it was in Fayetteville NC but was still extensive.

Water Damage In Duplex Homes in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill

If you have water damage to your duplex home and are located in or around Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill please visit our water damage page today.

Restoring water damage to a multi-family home presents an added challenge over a stand-alone home. Not only does the home need to be thoroughly dried and repaired, but it needs to be done while disturbing the neighbors as little as possible.

Our trained and certified restoration professionals will not only clean and restore your water damaged the home, but they will do so in a quick and orderly fashion. Attempts to keep noise to a minimum will be made, but some of the equipment used, especially those that move large amounts of air, may still be heard by neighbors. Understanding this, we will use our experience and knowledge of water damage restoration to make the most efficient use of our equipment so that we get maximum results from minimal use.

We’re available 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week, which means that we can respond to water damage emergencies immediately, no matter when they happen. But some cases allow for small amounts of flexibility, and even though starting sooner is usually better, waiting until neighbors are at work, or at least awake may be a better approach. This strategy isn’t always an option but should be assessed on a case by case basis.

Many duplexes and multi-family homes are also rental properties, which can make these situations even more complicated. While the people living in the homes want fast and professional service, the owner may only be interested in whichever company offers the cheapest service, even at the cost of quality workmanship. Fortunately, we are well versed in dealing with insurance companies and can make sure that the as much of the repair as possible is paid for through insurance, and that out of pocket costs are kept to an absolute minimum. That way the residents get the best quality water damage restoration available, and the property owner isn’t going to object to paying any more than needed.

In addition to being water damage restoration professionals, were also licensed, contractors. We can easily transition from tearing out any severely damaged parts of your home into rebuilding and replacing them, making sure we leave it just as good, if not better than it was before the flood or leak.

If your home or property has been damaged by water, contact us immediately. We’ll come out and assess the damage, and begin working to restore the home.

How Can I Prevent Sewage From Backing Up Into My Home?

If you have water damage to your home and are located in or around Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill please visit our water damage page today.

There are many different home emergencies that homeowners fear, but a sewer backup is potentially the scariest property disaster. In addition to the health hazards posed when families are exposed to harmful, bacteria-ridden waste, sewage floods can cost a lot of money to clean up, as well.

Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t think about this until there is a major issue, such as an overflowing toilet that’s covering the bathroom floor with sewage. Our hope is that with the advice below, more homeowners will be better prepared should their worst plumbing nightmares come true.

  1. The first and most obvious bit of advice is to never use the toilet to dispose of anything other than what it’s meant for. Things that you should avoid flushing include disposable diapers, moist towelettes or baby wipes, cotton swabs and cotton balls, paper towels, cat litter, bandages, cigarette butts, or prescription medications. Many of these items don’t break down in water and can collect and form a clog, which backs up water and makes a mess on your bathroom floor.
  2. Many people overestimate the capabilities of their under-sink garbage disposal units. It’s best not to dispose of large quantities of vegetable peelings or other food refuse, as, since that can overwhelm the machine and cause it to fail. The same goes for very hard materials, like coffee grounds and animal bones, which can dull or damage the blades. Fibrous foods such as corn husks and celery stalks can jam the disposal, as well as form a clog further down through the plumbing. Hot grease may be tempting to pour down the drain, but once it cools off and hardens it will form a solid plug, impeding proper drainage.
  3. Over-the-counter drain cleaners should be used sparingly, and only under the right circumstances. These types of products can break up some types of clogs, they aren’t meant for all situations, and are made of harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes over time.
  4. Older homes sometimes have sewer lines made of clay or cast iron, which degrade over time. Eventually, they may crack, and then collapse. This is even more likely if the underground pipes come in contact with tree roots, which can cause serious amounts of damage to underground plumbing. Homeowners that own older houses should have a sewer inspection performed every few years, potentially saving a lot of money by catching a problem before it gets too serious. Some people buying a new home get a sewer inspection.

If you ever experience a sewage back up in your home, it’s recommended that you contact PRS today. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.

Restoring Water Damaged Homes In Holly Springs

If you have water damage to your home and are located in or around Holly Springs please visit our water damage page today.

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up fast and start working immediately to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure your out of pocket costs are as low as possible. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water leaks can be found almost anywhere in a home. There are appliances and water lines in places that most people don’t usually think about, like in basements, closets, garages, and attics. No matter where the leak originates, every drop of water that escapes is going to work its way down through your home, soaking into and ruining the wood, insulation, drywall, paint, carpet, and even flooring.

The leak may exist for day, weeks, or even longer before it’s discovered, and by that point, the damage could be rather extensive. To make matters worse, some places like crawl spaces and attics are difficult to access, which makes fixing the leak harder than you might think. Carrying bags of heavy tools up steep ladders, squeezing through tight access hatches, and working in the dark while trying to find and stop a leak is even less fun than it sounds.

But stopping the leak is only the beginning. The restoration process comes next, and can sometimes be a very large task. Anywhere the water has soaked in is vulnerable to mold, mildew, and other microbes. If left unchecked, these growths can compromise the structural integrity of the wooden beams and may lead to structural damage. Wood becomes very weak once mold sets in, and will need to be replaced. Mold not only smells horrible, but is a major health risk as well, so drywall, carpeting, and more all need to be dried properly, or ripped out and replaced.

As restoration service professionals and licensed general contractors, we can help. We’re available 24/7 to anyone living in Holly Springs. We’ll not only stop the leak, but assess the damage, work with your insurance company, and begin the process of repairing your home. Call our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991.

Water Damage Caused By Clogged Gutters

If you have water damage to your home and are located in or around Raleigh please visit our water damage page today.

If the rain gutters on your home collect too much plant debris, like leaves, twigs, and pine needles, then the water may not be able to drain properly and could spill over the sides. When the water pools around your home, instead of draining away, it can slowly seep in and cause damage to the foundation and wooden structure.

As water soaks into the tiny cracks in the concrete foundation, it can make the cracks larger, especially when it gets cold enough to freeze. As the cracks grow and multiply, the structural integrity of the foundation is compromised, and it can lead to a serious shift in your home, or even it’s collapse. Aside from the obvious safety concerns, this is an incredibly expensive problem to repair, and one that can go unnoticed for years, as it’s underneath the house. Once the obvious signs begin to appear, the damage is done, and simply drying the foundation won’t fix the issue.

It’s a similar story for the wooden structures on the underside of the house, as well. As the wood absorbs the water, it can begin to rot and grow mold. Just like the cracks in the foundation, this is a problem that will continue to worsen, and drastically weakens the strength of the wooden beams. Not many people regularly look at their home for this type of problem, and it can slowly but steadily deteriorate your home.

The best course of action to prevent either of these issues is to address the root of the issue as soon as you can. The source of the water should be stopped, and in this case, that means making sure that the gutters are clean and clear, and that rainwater can flow freely towards its intended destination. There are several different approaches that you can take to solve this issue. Climbing up a ladder and cleaning them by hand every year is a great way to save money but at the cost of manual labor and personal risk. Alternatively, there are gutter protection systems that stop any debris from entering your gutters at all, keeping them clean all year round for you. The downside here is that these systems can be costly, and may need to be replaced every few decades.

If your home is suffering from water damage due to clogged or overflowing gutters, it’s recommended that you contact PRS today. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.

As a preventative measure, you could always get protection from your gutters from a company like this: Raleigh gutter guard protection.

Choosing The Right Restoration Services Professional

When water damage occurs in your home ore business, you’re going to be faced with a serious mess that requires professional attention in order to be cleaned up thoroughly and properly. Choosing the right restoration professionals can be challenging, but with a little research, you can learn what to look for in order to make sure everything is fully restored quickly, and with as little out of pocket costs as possible.

After a flood or water leak, timing is critical. The drying and clean up process needs to start quickly, as the longer it sits, the worse the damage gets, and the more difficult and expensive it will become to repair. In situations where water damage occurred while putting out a fire, the mixture of ash and water can be very corrosive, and will begin to eat away at anything it touches within minutes, including wood, metal, and even glass. This damage is irreversible, and would require the total replacement of anything that’s affected.

The drying and restoration process can be rather intricate and detailed. It’s a job that is best done by professional technicians who experience and expertise with the equipment needed to properly rehabilitate your home or business.

You have choices in the field of restoration professionals, but not all will be able to provide an adequate level of experience and professionalism. PRS is a reputable restoration company that has provided the triangle area with dedicated service for many years. Our certified and licensed technicians are the best in the business, and take pride in returning a home to it’s condition from before the damage, or even better in some cases. As licensed contractors, we can not only strip out the damages parts of your home or business, but rebuild it to the specification you choose.

Beware of businesses without proper credentials. Our techs have received all the necessary training and safety education in order to carry the best certification the industry has to offer. As that type of training can cost quite a lot of money, some businesses prefer to cut corners. This only results in poor service for the end customer, who will likely end up paying more in the long run when the job isn’t don’t properly the first time.

If there’s every any kind of water damage to your home or business, it’s recommended that you contact PRS today. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage, and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.

1 2 3 4 8