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Unfortunately, water soaking and leaking through basement walls is a relatively normal thing, especially in areas that get more rain. This is because the water mainly comes through as groundwater, slowly soaking through your walls, rather than rain just pouring into the basement. This is why a basement drain like Waterguard, is such a helpful product to have installed in your home. This homeowner had this exact problem, water was not rushing in, but slowly seeping through the basement walls.
The "before" photo shows part of the basement that was heavily affected by the water intrusion. You can see the signs of the water intrusion on the left wall. Most of the white "powder" are mineral deposits caused by evaporating water, leaving behind whatever minerals were in the water.
The "after" photo shows the same area, but with our system installed. The two products that are in the picture are our a SuperSump sump pump and our Waterguard system. The Waterguard runs the length of the wall and drains to the sump pump. This keeps water from just sitting on the basement floor or walls and actually gives it a place to go. Once the water drains to the sump pump, it is then pumped outside of the home.
No one likes a damp crawlspace. But no one really wants to go in to inspect the space when it’s dirty and humid. Many crawlspaces tend to look like a deserted wasteland, and people will eventually just accept that fact. But when there’s a dirt floor in the crawlspace without a barrier, moisture issues are almost unavoidable. And having a water pump system is nice, but those moisture issues may still persist if you don’t cover the dirt floor with a sufficient material and seal the space to prevent the vapor from rising up from the dirt floor. That was the problem this home had in Fairview, North Carolina.
In this crawlspace, there is efflorescence on the cement block walls, which is the residue left behind by that sneaky water vapor. Moreover, there’s clear evidence that the space has flooded several times over the years. The dirt floor is sloping and the concrete blocks are shaded by dirt and dried water. This is problematic because as long as there is no barrier the water vapor will continue to rise into the space, making it damp and humid, leaving dried water all along the walls.
In the after picture, we’ve solved this problem completely. We’ve laid CleanSpace, which is a 20 mil thick plastic liner, to cover the dirt floor and prevent water vapor from rising into the space. We’ve also installed a Super Sump Plus, to take care of the flooding problem. Our pump contains a WaterWatch alarm system that sounds off if water rises above the point where the pump should turn on. It has a SuperLiner with 96 holes that allow water to flow in directly from below the floor and an airtight lid which keeps moisture from evaporating into the basement environment. What you see here is the finished product.
So many homeowners have to deal with the unfortunate, but common moisture and mold problems that come with crawlspaces. This homeowner was not exempt from this harsh reality. Upon initial inspection, our Service Design Specialist saw a lot of moisture built up under the home. This resulted in a humidity level that was definitely higher than it should have been. To help this homeowner out, our Specialist recommended our CleanSpace vapor barrier, as well as a dehumidifier to control the humidity level.
The "before" photo shows the crawlspace in the condition it was in when we first visited this home. While it is in better shape than a lot of crawl spaces, it still shows signs of moisture problems. The most noticeable thing in this photo is the condensation under the old liner that was installed in the crawlspace. Most of the "white" or lighter spots on the liner are areas where condensation has accumulated.
The "after" photo shows the same area as before, but a little zoomed in. The difference is huge. First off, the two liners look much different. The CleanSpace is much thicker and cannot be seen through. The CleanSpace Liner is white and reflects light much better. While this is more of an "after-effect", it is still a nice benefit to installing the CleanSpace. However, the biggest difference that it makes is what cannot be seen. CleanSpace is a vapor barrier, which means that the water vapor coming up from the ground is blocked and rather than getting into the crawlspace, it's trapped and drained off. We also installed a SaniDry CX dehumidifier, to help keep the humidity at a low enough level to keep mold from forming.
Cracks in floor and walls, mustly smells, and moisture are often ignored unnoticed, or simply thought of as minor problems by many homeowners, but when our customer in Chesnee, SC pulled up a loose floor board and noticed mold, he knew there was a problem that he needed to address immediately.
The home is only 10 years old, but when moisture and water intrude, problems can escalate. In order to kill the existing mold, we used a product call MoldX, which eliminates mold spores. To rectify the moisture and water intrusion issue, we installed a full encapsulation which includes drainage, sump pump, vapor barrier, and dehumidifier.
This customer also had and issue with his floors sagging. In the "before" photo, notice the wooden beams used to support the structure. At this point, the home needed more support. In the "after" photo we have installed Smart Jacks. The Smart Jack structural system won’t settle like masonry piers can; nor will it rot or shift like a wood post.
Now our customer has a beautiful and safe crawlspace!
This homeowner had a lot of work done when our company came out to his home. This before and after will only focus on a very small part of the entire job, however, this was a very important part of the project. It may not seem to have changed all that much between the two photos (besides that the area is covered in some white plastic), but it certainly has!
CleanSpace does much more than it seems, but it was not the only thing that was done in the crawlspace and in this photo. One thing that gets masked is that our crew sealed the vents in the crawlspace. In the before photo, the vents in the corner of the crawlspace can very obviously be seen, however, in the other photo, the area is covered. The crew actually seals the vents up and caulks them so that no air can get into the crawlspace from these vents.
Now that the sealed vents have been discussed, let's go back to the CleanSpace, which is what really makes the difference in a crawlspace. Having this thick liner keeps water vapor from penetrating it, which is good because that means the relative humidity level should go down quite significantly. One of the most important aspects of the CleanSpace's installation is that it gets sealed to the wall. This is important because if it is not sealed, then it is much less effective at keeping the water vapor out of the crawlspace. In the after picture, the CleanSpace has been sealed just a few inches below the "ceiling" of the crawlspace. Don't forget, CleanSpace also brightens up the crawlspace and makes it look much more "Clean"!