The result did continue a good run of goalscoring form for Columbus who put four in against LA Galaxy in another three goal win one week earlier.
Houston's poor defense may well have been due to the absence of their new designated player DaMarcus Beasley, who was injured, as Houston's defensive woes returned.
The match was slow to get going as both sides looked weaker without their defensive leaders but an error in the 19th minute gave Houston the opportunity to open the scoring.
Wil Trap concede possession to Will Bruin, allowing the Houston striker to run through on goal only for Steve Clark to run down and make a brave save with his face to keep Bruin out.
Four minutes late, Columbus also had a chance as Ethan Finlay sent in a cross that found Adam Bedell at the far post, allowing him to head down for Frederico Higuain who tried to head in from close range but couldn't hit the target.
But just minutes later Columbus did have their opener as Justin Meram made a great run, taking advantage of some poor work from David Horst and ran at Tally Hall before burying it with a powerful strike.
That would give Columbus a 1-0 lead at the break but Crew were looking like dominating as they started to really take control of the match.
Just before the hour mark Columbus managed to double their lead after a long corner Meram was able to hit in a cross allowing Bedell to again take advantage of a Horst mistake and hit a glancing header in to the back of the net.
Five minutes later the match was well and truly wrapped up as Waylon Francis sent in a ball for Aaron Schoenfeld which was much too easy for Schoenfeld to put it away and wrap up the 3-0 win.