What we do to have great crawl spaces.
Posted June 23, 2019 in Real Estate Trends
It all starts at the top. I want crawl spaces that function properly. I do not want warranty calls for water in the crawl space. I have spent a lot of time collaborating with those who are involved in excavating the lot and building the foundation. I treat them as a team. Both groups have to work together for us to be successful.
Here is what we do:
- When we dig out for the foundation the land/lot is graded so that it will have positive drainage in the crawl space to diagonally center of the crawl space
- We place a french drain inside that crawl space (diagonally) so that all of the water will drain to the low point drain
- We install drain pipes underneath the strip footings that allows water to drain to the french drain.
- We fill the crawl space with 3-6”s of drain rock—oh it looks pretty too!!
- All Trades that work during construction in around the crawl have been trained to respect it
- Near the end of construction we make sure the grades are true, then we install the vapor barrier and Radon protection products
I can guarantee you that if more builders followed these techniques that people will have no need to call people to come and fix their crawl spaces.
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