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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!
While these photos may not seem like this basement was in that bad of condition, a case study that was also done on this home will show you a much different story. Areas in this basement were starting to crumble because of how much water had been coming in and damaging the area. The sump pump that we installed will certainly help keep this area from flooding and causing problems.
The "before" picture shows an area that had been severely damaged by all of the water that had come through over the years. Interestingly enough, even though the homeowner had a sump pump, the damage and issues were not taken care of. This is because in most cases the problems won't go away just because there is a sump pump. The water can still raise the relative humidity level and begin to grow mold.
The "after" picture looks almost like a different home. The work that our crew was able to do in this basement was incredible. While the main focus of this post is the TripleSafe sump pump, you can also see the CleanSpace and the ThermalDry Flooring that we installed, both products that help to keep the water from staying in the basement. However, the TripleSafe is the best sump pump system that we have, and is called the TripleSafe because of its three separate pumps. One of these pumps runs on the DC power provided by the battery back-up, which you can also see in the after picture.
This crawl space in Ridgeway, SC was having some very serious issues with water intrusion. This actually turned out to be a relatively serious issue for the homeowner and needed to be taken care of as soon as possible. This homeowner really wanted to make sure that this issue would not come back, so he decided to go for a full encapsulation, with CleanSpace running all the way up the wall, 3-inch drain tile, SilverGlo Insulation, a dehumidifier, and a SuperSump pump system. All of these products worked together to provide this homeowner with more protection than they knew what to do with!
The "before" photo shows a corner in the crawlspace that was getting hit pretty hard by the water intrusion. The most obvious part of the photo is the dark, wet soil along the corner of the wall, which is pretty significant that that much water has built enough to essentially make mud. Another issue that you can see if the water that has soaked through the wall. The dark spots all up the wall are the areas that water has soaked through the blocks, which is where the issues were coming from in this crawlspace.
The "after" picture is what the crawl space looked like after the CleanSpace and other products had already been installed. The only product that can be seen in this photo is the CleanSpace liner, however, you can see that it covers almost the entire area beside the ceiling and part of an interior column. We leave a few inches of open area so that if any other contractors need to access the rim joists (usually termite inspectors), then they are able to check.
This is something that you do not get to see every day because it is not an item we get to install very often! While most homes have a crawlspace door above ground level, some are below ground level and therefore have an entrance like you see above. We use Everlast Doors which create an airtight seal around the entrance when the access points are above ground, but when the access points are like this, we have to use a Turtl.
The "before" photo shows off the crawlspace entrance before any products had been installed. As you can see it is a very crude entrance, with only a sheet of metal to cover the hole. This allows a lot of outside air to get inside the crawlspace, which can cause the relative humidity to increase and moisture to collect on surfaces in the crawl space.
The "after" photo shows the installed Turtl crawlspace entrance over a year after being installed. As you can see, it is certainly doing its job. While a little dirty, it still provides a tight seal that does not allow outside air to get inside the crawlspace. As you can see, this product is made of plastic and therefore will never break down or decompose like a wooden door would.
French drains aren't something that we do too often, but sometimes it can be just the right solution for a customer. This school in Gray Court had water intrusion into their gym. Since the water was not pouring in from the walls, our Service Design Specialist knew that a French drain is exactly what this building needed to keep the water from getting into it.
The "before" picture shows the building before the French drain was installed. While you obviously cannot see the water intrusion happening, you can see that the building is located on a very flat area. So when it would rain, the water would basically just sit there, not having anywhere to drain out to. The water would sit there and soak through the walls and into the ground.
In the "after" picture, you can see the french drain. Rather, you can see part of the French drain system. While you cannot actually see the drain where the water goes, you can see the gravel/crushed rock that is laid around it. The rock provides a good "foundation" so that nothing will wash away or into the drain, but also allows water to easily pass through and around it and into the drain. In the right conditions, this can be a low-cost and effective solution.
Crawlspaces can end up causing a lot of trouble for homeowners, especially when in such a humid climate. Water intrusion and high humidity affect a lot of crawlspaces and basements in our region, so we have gotten very good at fixing these kinds of problems in homes. This can be a very serious issue, which is why we treat it as such when assessing homes for customers.
This homeowner had a pretty rough crawlspace when our Specialist went under the home. They had a much higher humidity level than they should have, and because of this mold and mildew was already making appearances in the crawlspace, which the homeowner was worried about. The bad thing about a high humidity level is that it is pretty much completely invisible, so unless you have to proper tools, you can't tell.
However, our CleanSpace Liner completely transforms the look and function of a crawlspace. Almost the entire crawlspace has been covered in CleanSpace, which helps to keep moisture from getting into the crawlspace. This particular homeowner wanted to get the liner all the way up the walls, to really protect them from any further water. One thing that is often missed is the debris that the crew removes, which if you look between the pictures is extremely obvious. The crew will take out most of the rocks/bricks/etc in order to make sure that the ground is level and no rocks will go through the CleanSpace.
WaterGuard is one of the most popular products that we install in basements and this home was no different. This homeowner noticed water getting into his finished basement when it would rain. In order to keep his finished basement beautiful and usable, he needed to have WaterGuard and a sump pump installed. In the end, he decided on two sump pumps (a SuperSump and an UltraSump), as well as over 30 feet of WaterGuard. The area near the bathroom was the main culprit of the water intrusion, so that's where a lot of the WaterGuard and a sump pump was installed.
The "before" picture shows off where the toilet usually sits. However, because there would be WaterGuard installed here, it needed to be taken out. However, even though this may be bothersome, in the long run, it is immensely beneficial.
The "after" photo shows what the area looked like after we had installed the WaterGuard. It may not be the prettiest of sights at the moment, but the good thing is that more tile can be laid. However, if this customer didn't fix this issue right away, they could have had several thousand dollars in damage, and the problem still would not have been fixed.
This was a pretty average crawlspace job for us. Fortunately for this homeowner, there wasn't an excess of water, moisture, or mold. However, they did need to encapsulate their crawlspace, as well as have a SantaFe Edge dehumidifier and a SmartSump pump. These three products, working together, provide a very safe and secure system to keep moisture and water from getting in and staying in the crawlspace.
The "before" photo shows off what the crawlspace looked like when our Service Design Specialist was at this home. As you can see, the area wasn't flooded or filled with mold, but it definitely could use some touching up. While they already had an existing liner, it was not sealed correctly and left a lot of room for moisture to get into the crawlspace.
This "after" picture shows off the same area, but with the CleanSpace liner installed. The difference is amazing. First off, you can actually see under the home now. The white, reflective surface of the CleanSpace allows light to reflect easier and light up the crawlspace much better. Not to mention, the protection that this system provides the home is amazing. Especially with the sump pump and dehumidifier, this homeowner will never have to worry about moisture or mold in their crawlspace.
For us, there is nothing more satisfying than doing a full encapsulation for a homeowner. One of the reasons we enjoy encapsulations is because we know that the customer will be more than satisfied with the outcome of their system! We know this because time and time again our customers tell us how much they enjoy their system and how great it works!
These full encapsulations are very satisfying, because we make sure that the crawlspace is almost completely closed off from the outside world. This means that almost no moisture will be getting into the crawlspace, and any that does will be taken out via the dehumidifier. This is partially what can be seen in these before and after photos. The difference between these two photos is actually pretty incredible, and really does make a huge difference.
While the before picture does not look too bad, it can be difficult to see the initial problems that water intrusion can and do cause. Many people either don't see or ignore the initial signs, so by the time we are called, the problem is pretty serious. Fortunately, this homeowner was able to catch the problem before it got too bad. There are two very obvious things that are noticeable in the after photo, the CleanSpace liner, which has been laid over the entire crawlspace floor and even up the walls, where it is sealed so moisture can't get through. The other thing is that the insulation has been removed, which is usually done because water has already soaked through the insulation and mold has begun to grow.
A separating chimney can be extremely dangerous to a homeowner and anyone around the home. Chimneys are often at a higher risk from settlement damage because they are often poured on a separate slab of concrete than the home. While this chimney had separated quite a bit from the home, it definitely was not beyond repair.
The "before" picture shows just how much the chimney was separating from the home. While it does not look like much, the farther up the chimney that you look, the larger the gap is. The gap at the top of the home is more than likely an inch or two wide.
The "after" photo shows off the great work by our crew. You can see that the gap is now non-existent. Our crew installed two push piers on the back of the chimney in order to push it back towards the home. These push piers are a permanent solution to this homeowner's problem because these push piers are driven deep down to more stable soil, so that settlement will not be an issue ever again.