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What To Do If Ice Forms In Your Crawl Space

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If you notice that your floors feel abnormally cold this season, you may have ice inside, on and around your crawl space. Water is generally the problem homeowners face with their crawl spaces. But if the temperatures drop outside the home, the water can freeze on the walls and foundation of the crawl space instead. You can do something about your frozen crawl space, including these things below.

Air Out Your Crawl Space

When water from melted snow or rain gets inside your crawl space, it can eventually soak into the space's foundation. Some of the water travels up the walls of the foundation and soaks into the flooring above it. Depending on how much water is present in your crawl space, it can freeze once the temperature outdoors falls between 32-55° Fahrenheit. Unless you place a crawl space heater or some other heating system under the house, you will need to defrost the ice yourself.

You can melt some of the frozen water by using the hidden hot air molecules found inside the cold air outdoors. Believe it or not, the cold air outside of the home does contain some hot air molecules. These are the same hot air molecules your heat pump uses to warm up your home.  A heat pump does this by sucking or pulling the hot air molecules from the cold air as it circulates through it.

You can take advantage of this hidden heat to help thaw out the ice inside your crawl space. To do so, you need to:

  • Remove or open up any vents, windows and grills around the exterior foundation of the crawl space. This allows the cold air to circulate through your crawl space.
  • Keep debris, such as paper and leaves that can block the circulation of the fresh air, from blowing inside the openings. You may want to rake your yard before opening up your crawl space.
  • Add salt to the ground around your crawl space. Salt can soak up any water that still surrounds your crawl space, which prevents any more water from getting beneath it.

As the air circulates through the crawl space, the hot air molecules inside it may flow across the frozen ice. As a result, some of the ice may melt. Keep in mind that airing out your crawl space won't melt all of the ice. However, it can offer some relief for your cold floors.

Call in the Experts

If your crawl space still contains too much ice and your floors still feel uncomfortably cold, you may want to contact a professional crawl space contractor such as Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. The contractor can use other methods, such as installing a heater beneath the home, to solve your problem.

Taking care of your crawl space now can save you many headaches in this winter. Be sure to schedule your appointment with a crawl space repair technician as soon as you can.