A damp crawl space can create a host of problems for homeowners including mold growth and insect and rodent problems
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for water to find its way into crawl spaces, especially in humid climates or during periods of heavy rainfall.
Our certified crawl space water damage crews are available 24/7 and serve the entire Dallas area.
When we arrive at your doorstep we will quickly work to remove the water, dry your crawl space, and repair any structural damage.
Our water damage restoration experts can transform your wet or contaminated crawl space back into a dry, odor-free, and structurally sound foundation.
Call us at (214) 643-8844 for immediate service now!
What To Do If Your Crawl Space Flooded
First things first, if your crawl space is flooded or smells like sewage, you should call a professional crawl space water damage company to handle drying and flood damage cleanup.
Not only are crawl spaces difficult to enter (hence the name), but its dangerous work due to the poor ventilation and contaminants that might be present.
If it’s only wet or damp, there are some steps you can take to minimize that damage while you’re waiting for a professional to arrive.
Step 1: Stop the Water
If the water is coming from a leaking or broken pipe, shut off the water supply for those pipes until repairs can be made. Check your drainage systems and gutters to make sure they’re not contributing to the problem.
Step 2: Remove Debris
Remove any debris or water damaged insulation. If there is mold, asbestos, or animal nests present please wait for a professional!
Step 3: Clean Up the Water
Start removing water. If you have access to a wet vac, this will help greatly.
Step 4: Start Drying
Never allow your crawl space to air dry. Since wood is extremely absorbent, a large amount of moisture will likely remain.
Use a high-quality dehumidifier instead. This is a more effective way to dry the moisture particles in the air and decrease the likelihood of mold or wood rot.
- Dry out and repair work was done very well.- Alissa W.
It depends on the scenario. Most home insurance policies cover water damage from “sudden and accidental” causes, such as burst or broken pipes. This means insurers will cover repairs and restoration costs, if, for example, a pipe bursts and suddenly floods your crawl space.
Most insurance companies don’t cover water damage from external sources, like natural flooding.
If you have any questions about filing a claim, call us now. As a crawl space water removal company, we work with insurance companies all the time and can help you get the most for your losses.
Because every water damage scenario is unique, unfortunately, there is no standard cost for crawl space water removal.
On the higher end, you can expect to pay around $5,000-$15,000. This depends on the severity of the water damage, if mold or pests are present, or if sewage cleanup is necessary. For simple crawl space water removal services, you can expect to pay around $1,000 – $4,500. Again, these are rough estimates.
To help you understand the costs, we’ve listed some of the pricing factors that restoration companies use.
Cost Factor #1: Category of Water
Water damage is categorized by the level of contaminants it contains.
- Clean water: This refers to water that does not pose a threat to anyone and is the least costly to remove.
- Grey water: This refers to water that contains biological or chemical contaminants and can cause illness if dealt with improperly. Examples include water from toilet bowls or water discharge from appliances.
- Black water: This source of water is highly unsanitary and requires specialized equipment to remove it. Examples include sewage or river overflows.
Cost Factor #2: Square Footage of Water
How much water entered the home and far it spread are obvious cost factors. Most restoration companies will calculate the cost using the volume of water and square footage of the affected area as a base.
Cost Factor #3: Ease of Access
Cleaning out a crawl space that is easier to access requires a lot less effort than cleaning out a crawl space that is difficult to enter and exit.
Cost Factor #4: Cleaning Efforts
Simply removing water, dirt and debris will not add up to much. However, if pests, fecal matter, or mold is present this will require more extensive cleaning.
Cost Factor #5: Extent of Damage and Repairs
The more damage your property takes on, the higher the cost. For instance, removing and drying water is a lot cheaper than reconstructing wood beams showing signs of rot or mold growth.