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Question DetailsAsked on 1/28/2015

I have standing water under house in the crawl space. A leak was discovered at the shut off valve and repaired.

There are some remaining areas in crawl space under the house that have standing water on top of the plastic barrier. The area is usually dry. How do I dry the remaining puddles of water? Does the plastic barrier need to be replaced? What kind of service would I need to hire to dry out the crawl space? The vents on the foundation are closed and sealed for the winter.

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For minor amounts of water a fan left on with the access door to the home left open, For more water an electric dehumidifier is the ticket. They can be purchased at friendly DYI or Sears for $200 or so for a medium 40-50 pint per day unit. These can be handy if you have excess humidity in the basement, Your other source is a Rent all service also available at some big box stores like Home Depot,(call first and see it they have tool rental)

There is no reason to throw away the poly on the floor, in fact it is recomended that it be moisture tight, ie glued to the wall and taped seams so you may not have to vent the crawl space in the summer. The walls can be blue board 2"insulation glued to the wall for an R value of around 10 and allow you to condition the space (heat cool) .

Jim Casper old Energy Conservation House Doctor

ps for ideas on gutters and covers see my blogs

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Answered 4 years ago by jccasper




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