Found kitchen sink drain leak in crawlspace

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Old 12-04-18, 11:23 AM
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Found kitchen sink drain leak in crawlspace

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Don't know how long it's been this way, I assume a while.

What is the most effective way to dry out a crawlspace after a leak?
 
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Old 12-04-18, 11:28 AM
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Rent a few carpet fans.

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You could also check Harbor Freight for them if you have one nearby.

A dehumidifier that is large enough to have a bilge pump would be a good idea too if it's really wet. If not, fans are probably sufficient.
 
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Ok, pipe is repaired. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days.

After that I think I stand a chance of drying it out.

While I was at Home Depot I saw a dehumidifier for rent as well, though about twice as expensive.

So which one folks and for how long? Dehumidifier or carpet dryer?
 
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We don't know how wet it is. You are there. Use both if it's a large area and is really muddy.
 
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Soft, malleable, I wouldn't call it muddy, maybe about 500 sq ft.
 
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Is the crawlspace ventilated? If so, fans are probably enough. But if it's not ventilated you probably will want the dehumidifier to pull the moisture out of the air. You could see what the RH currently is. If its high.... dehumidifier.
 
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Is the crawl space just dirt? Covered with a vapor barrier? Poured concrete. Either way, Open the foundation vents if it seems excessively wet. If the water is laying on plastic or concrete, get a fan going to help dry it out. You can rent a big carpet dryer fan. If there is standing water and you have a shop vac, that's a good place to start too.
If it's a dirt crawl, you can run a dehumidifier forever with little results.
 
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