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One way that water vapor can get into the crawlspace is through the door. This is actually pretty common, as many crawlspace doors have gaps around them, which allowing air to flow into the crawlspace where the water vapor will start to condense. Once the water condenses onto different areas in the crawlspace (particularly organic surfaces), mold can begin to grow, which can cause serious problems for the homeowner.
The "before" picture shows pretty much exactly what was just explained. This certainly was not the worst crawlspace entrance, but we have certainly seen better! As you can see, the top and right-hand side of the door have pretty large gaps, which leaves a lot of room for air to rush in. The EverLast door will be even more effective since this door is almost even with the ground, which means in a flood, water could pretty easily get into the crawlspace.
The "after" picture shows the installed EverLast Door. It may not be as pretty or "rustic" as the old door, but it is certainly more effective at keeping the air out! The EverLast door creates an airtight seal when "shut", which you do by turning the knobs at the upper corners. This was a huge part of this job because it helps to keep the dehumidifier from working as hard because it keeps out unnecessary moisture.
This customer wanted to encapsulate their crawlspace to keep any moisture from getting in, while also making it better looking and easier to work in.
The "before" photo shows a dark and dirty crawlspace, and even worse than that, it was exposed to the elements! The old liner they had did very little to keep water out.
The "after" photo shows what the same area looks like after we've installed our CleanSpace Liner! It is much brighter and easier to work in. But the best part about the CleanSpace Liner is that you don't have to worry about water and condensation building up under your home and causing even more problems!
This crawlspace had very serious water problems. The pictures show just how bad the water intrusion was. The water was pouring into the crawlspace during rainstorms and was pooling on top of the home's old crawlspace liner. While it still would not have been good for the water to soak into the ground, the water sitting on top of the liner almost guarantees that it will evaporate and soak into something above it; i.e. floor joists and insulation. Fortunately, our crew was able to come out there in a reasonable amount of time to install the CleanSpace and accompanying products before anything serious happened!
The "before" picture shows this pooling very well. One of the larger puddles can be seen in the middle of this picture, by the back wall. Not only is there large puddles of water throughout the crawlspace, but there is also a lot of condensation under this liner, which would not necessarily be a bad thing if the liner was sealed correctly, but because it is not, the moisture is still able to make its way out of the liner and up to the floor joists.
The "after" picture shows the same area, but with the CleanSpace (and other products) installed. There is no water visible and never will be with this liner installed. It is sealed up tight, and with the proper products, like the SuperSump sump pump that was installed, this homeowner will not have to worry about their crawlspace flooding again. Another way that the moisture and humidity levels are kept in check is by the SantaFe Edge II dehumidifier that was installed by our crew!
CleanSpace is such a great product and makes any crawlspace look brand new! This home in Black Mountain had some much-needed help to get it to a healthy and moisture-free crawlspace. This crawlspace was completely encapsulated to prevent moisture from coming in and mold growing.
The "before" picture shows a crawlspace in desperate need of repair. You can see in this picture that several things are out of place and don't provide for a healthy crawlspace. First off, You can see the hanging insulation. This is usually never a good sign, it usually means that enough moisture has gotten into the insulation and pulled it down, making it sag or fall. You can also see the exposed earth, with the old liner pulled back. A lot of moisture in crawlspaces actually come from and are caused by the ground.
The "after" photo shows the difference that CleanSpace can make in a crawlspace. Our crew came in this crawlspace and treated it like Extreme Makeover: Crawlspace Edition. After cleaning up the crawlspace by removing the remaining insulation and moving bricks/rocks, they began to install the CleanSpace Liner. As you can tell, the CleanSpace makes the crawlspace brighter and overall, more appealing. Not only does the crawlspace look better, but it is protected. This homeowner does not have to worry about moisture, water, mold, or anything having to do with his crawlspace ever again! Oh, and the cable guy will love working in a crawlspace like this!
The homeowner was dealing with some pretty major issues in their basement. In these two photos, you aren't actually able to see the water soaking into the carpet, if you look for the "Photo Album" with a similar title as this Before and After, you will be able to see the wet carpet. This area was in pretty rough shape and needed to be taken care of before it got any worse. If the homeowner would have left the problem alone, there could have very easily had issues with mold or mildew.
The "before" picture shows the affected area before our crew had installed the WaterGuard drain. While the area does not look that bad, it was in pretty rough shape. You can actually see the water stains on the floor along the right-hand wall.
The "after" photo shows us a whole new story, having the WaterGuard drain installed along the wall. The WaterGuard runs back towards the camera, where there is a small closet area that houses a sump pump for the water to be pumped out of the home. This WaterGuard will help keep water from staying on the basement floor. Instead, it collects all of the water that comes through and keeps it from even getting on the ground, let alone sit there.