Maybe the long, hot summer made you forget, but last year was the wettest winter we have ever had in the Portland and Vancouver area. Our homes took a beating with the constant rainfall and some homes just could not hold up. Water started to find its way into areas it was never supposed to be. As a drainage contractor serving the Portland metro area, my team got called out to numerous homes that had water seeping in around the foundation of the home and ended up pooling in the crawlspace, causing significant damages. So, as the wet weather prepares to hit, how can you make sure that your crawlspace stays dry?
Rats and mice are pretty much everywhere in the Portland and Vancouver Wa area. They infest homes in rural areas, urban areas and every area in between. Basically, they are just looking for a warm, cozy place to stay and your crawlspace is really the perfect place for them. They can access your warm, insulated crawlspace in a variety of ways. Often, your foundation vent screens can be open and invite them right in. If no easy access is available, they are also pretty good at creating access on their own by digging under the foundation and into the crawlspace.
Living in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area means that we have to deal with a lot of rain. Sometimes that rain finds its way into your crawlspace and you are left with harmful standing water. Many times, in these situations, our company will recommend a sump pump installation. Listed below are some of the common questions that customers ask us before deciding on moving forward with a sump pump installation.
Water is the enemy of homes in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area. Our homes here in the Pacific Northwest are constantly shielding us from the abundance of rainfall. Most of the time they do a good job and keep water flowing away from the house, but sometimes water can find a way inside your home. When water seeps in through your roof, you are sure to find it, but when water makes its way in underneath your home and into your crawl space, it is not so easy to detect. Often times, standing water can go unnoticed for months, even years, slowly damaging the structural stability of your home.
Here in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area, we live in a very wet place. Our homes are pummeled with rain throughout the year and, unfortunately, some of that water sticks around. Water accumulation in the crawl space underneath our homes is a major concern that can wreak extensive damage to the structural components of your house. As a drainage contractor in the Portland Metro area, I see homes all the time that have serious issues with standing water and design drainage systems to rectify these issues.
A vapor barrier (also called a “moisture barrier”) serves an important purpose underneath your home. A crawl space is a damp, dark place that provides the perfect setting for moisture related problems to arise. This is especially true in the Pacific Northwest where we get such an excessive amount of rain throughout the year. As a drainage contractor serving the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area, we get a lot of questions regarding the installation of vapor barriers. Here are some commonly asked questions if you are considering having this service done.
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