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Crawl Space Repair Checklist

 

Before you attempt to repair a crawl space on your own, there are many things you will need to consider so the process goes as smoothly as possible. So we have compiled a crawl space check list that we recommend you print out and follow. This will help minimize damage to yourself and your property. Under no circumstances should you attempt anything on this list until the flooding in your crawl space has receded.

 

1.  We have to repeat, *do not* enter a crawl space this is still flooded.

 

Your home needs to be cleared through an initial building survey. There will be dozens of potential hazards that can only be assessed by a trained team. Broken glass, fire hazards, plumbing, bacteria, rodents, and potential collapse may all results after a flood.

 

 

2.   If the home is still being flooded, and you’re trapped, shut off electric / gas / water.

 

The only time we recommend you stay in a flooded home, is if you are trapped and it is more dangerous to leave the home. If this is the case the first thing you need to do is shut off the electricity (if you haven’t already lost power). After turning down your home main fuse, you will need to shut off the gas main. Once you have power and gas turned off, then you can turn off your water main. The order is always electricity first, then gas, then water.

 

3.   You can now make an attempt to stop water from coming into the home.

 

There is no easy way to do this. But if a water main has broken, shutting off the water main will slow down flooding. You can also nail down tarps on your roof, and nail wood on your windows and doors from the outside of the home. If it is too dangerous outside, then seal windows and doors from the inside.

 

 

4.   Try to save all your important possessions.

 

The next thing most people will want to do is make an effort to salvage their belongings. If you have garbage bags you can bag all your dry possessions and move them to a higher location in the home.

 

 

5.   Drain water from the crawlspace using a wet dry vac or water pump.

 

This is a service our company offers but some people prefer to drain the crawl space on their own time. It can be a very difficult procedure without the proper equipment, so feel free to call us if it turns out be a lot of work. One inch of water in a crawlspace will typically be equal to 250 gallons of water (in the average home) and this can lead to 50 trips outside to dump the water. If you have a water pump, then you can drain the crawl space a lot faster.

 

6.   When the crawl space is clean and dry, double check it for damage.

 

It is always smart to conduct multiple inspections and you may not wish to call somebody out every time this is done. But once everything is clean, you’ll be able to see problems you may have not noticed before. So double check the foundation bricks, make sure they are aligned properly. Make sure there is no sinking or cracked bricks. If you see anything serious that you didn’t see before, proceed with caution. A sinking floor or cracked wall will typically be too dangerous to deal with on your own. So never hesitate to call a professional if you’re unsure of what to do.

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