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Jose has been a vital part of the All-Dry of the Carolinas team since 2002. He started as a helper at All-Dry of the Carolinas and was then promoted to Foreman in the Production department of the company. Jose is well-versed in waterproofing systems and crawl space repair.
Jose loves to spend time with his family and go on family trips.
This homeowner was worried about the water intrusion that they were experiencing in their lake house in Inman, SC. This was an even more pressing issue since the owners did not live in this home year-round. They wanted to get this problem taken care of so that they wouldn't have to worry about water getting into the basement, or having to constantly check on this home.
One of the main parts of this system was the SuperSump that was installed in the home's basement. The sump pump is what really gets the water out of the basement and away from the home. In this basement, we also installed WaterGuard and ZenWall Panels. These are both extremely important to the system. The ZenWall helps to give the basement a more finished feel, but its inorganic construction allows it to drain any water coming through the basement walls to the WaterGuard. The WaterGuard is a perimeter drain that collects the water from around the basement and drains it to the sump.
This basement was the perfect size for this sump pump. One of the things that we like to do is to solve our customer's problems while doing our best to keep our system from being visible. Sometimes this is almost impossible, but this home had a perfectly sized closet, that just barely had enough room for this SuperSump to fit in it. This also worked pretty well for the drain line, going up along the wall and out to the driveway and eventually the yard!
Unfortunately, this homeowner was dealing with some active mold in their basement when they decided to call All-Dry of the Carolinas. Like many other homeowners that we have seen and helped, this homeowner knew that mold under the home could cause a lot of different kinds of problems. The main one being the health of the people living in the home. Our Systems Design Specialist came out to the home in order to determine what could be done about this problem in this customer's crawlspace.
The "before" picture shows the crawlspace before the any of the work was done in the crawlspace. As you can see, the homeowner had already had a crawlspace liner laid out. However, this liner is extremely ineffective when it comes to keeping moisture out of the crawlspace. One of the main reasons that these types of liners do not work well is because they are not sealed along the walls, columns, or even together.
The "after" picture shows a much different story than before any work was done. This photo shows what the finished basement looked like when the crew was done with it. This customer wanted to make sure that they never had to worry about mold in their crawlspace ever again, so they went with the full encapsulation. As you can see, the CleanSpace goes all the way up the walls of the crawlspace, this prevents even more moisture from soaking through the walls.
This basement was having some problems with water intrusion around the floor/wall joints. This is a pretty common issue in basements, because it is a "weak" spot in the construction of the home. As you can see, this basement was not in the best shape, which was something that the homeowner also wanted to take care of, while we were fixing the water intrusion issue.
To help this homeowner out and solve both of their problems simultaneously, we used three products; WaterGuard Drain, BrightWall Paneling, and a SuperSump pump. These three products together provide a very good defense against water intrusion in the home. They work hand-in-hand to prevent the water from staying in the basement, by pumping it out as quickly as possible.
The crew started this project by excavating the area around the perimeter of the basement, as well as an area for the SuperSump. Once a trench was dug out around the basement, the crew began installing the WaterGuard drain, which is one of the main parts of the system. The WaterGuard is what actually catches the water and drains it to the sump pump, where it can be pumped out and away from the home. Last, but not least the BrightWall panels were installed. This not only helps to keep the water in and drained to the WaterGuard, but also makes the walls of the basement look better. They help to give the basement a more "finished" look, without the price tag of finishing a basement.
Having a crawlspace door, or entrance, is a very important part of a healthy crawlspace. A lot of crawlspace entrances/doors have problems with them, whether it be that they don't shut all the way or because there are large gaps around the entrance. The product that was installed for this homeowner helps to solve all of these problems, and is called the Turtl Crawlspace Entrance.
The "before" photo shows off what the entrance to the crawlspace looked like before the Turtl was installed. As you can see, the homeowner actually had a pretty nice looking entrance, but an aesthetically pleasing entrance, does not mean it is a functional one. When these doors close, they leave huge gaps for air to flow into the crawlspace. This allows moisture to accumulate in the crawlspace, especially during "wet" times when humidity levels are high.
The "after" picture shows a much different story than the previous picture. The solution in this photo is the Turtl, which does a much better job at keeping air out. It is hard plastic, so not only is it sturdy, but it won't absorb or let water into the crawlspace. One of the cool features that the Turtl has is that it has a built in area for a lock. While you probably won't have many people breaking into your crawlspace, this will help keep pests and children from getting into the crawlspace.
One of the most common projects that we do here at All-Dry of the Carolinas are full crawlspace encapsulations with CleanSpace. This basically means that at the very least, CleanSpace is laid over the entire crawlspace and is sealed to the walls. However, the CleanSpace is usually installed with several other products. Of course, the products that are used differ from job to job, depending on the severity of the problems, and what exactly the homeowner hopes to get from the system.
The "before" picture shows off the crawlspace before the CleanSpace was installed by the crew. However, the crawlspace didn't look quite this nice when the crew arrived. This photo was taken after they had cleaned out the area a little bit and sealed the vents, which can be seen along the top of the wall. Our Specialist noted a higher than average relative humidity level, which was one of the main concerns of the homeowner.
The "after" photo shows the same area, but with the CleanSpace almost completely installed. The liner has been completely laid out, with drainage matting under it, there is just one step left in the process, which you can actually see being done in this photo. One of the most important parts of installing CleanSpace is to make sure that it is sealed correctly. The reason that this is so important is because if the CleanSpace is not sealed correctly, then water vapor and moisture can still get into the area, which is exactly what we want to not happen.
Basements with an open area under the stairs are great for if we need to install a system in the home. Not only does it help us out, but it also gives the homeowner an area where the sump pump can be contained, without really having to see or deal with it. This was the case with this homeowner and their basement. In this basement, we installed WaterGuard drainage, as well as a SuperSump pump system, which is what will be shown in the after photo.
The "before" picture shows the open area that is beneath the stairs leading to the basement. But more importantly, this shows the area where the SuperSump will be installed. This is such a good area because it usually is not used much (or in some cases, at all by homeowners), so when the sump pump is installed, no real space is taken up by the system. It gives our service technicians an easily accessible area, while still being able to be concealed by the homeowner.
The "after" photo shows off the installed SuperSump pump system. As you can see, it certainly is not the most invasive system, but it does require quite a bit of room. It has more than enough room to be installed here, and the fact that it is up against an exterior wall is another plus! We try our best to install the sump pump an area that is not used very often or that is hidden away.
This was a pretty involved crawlspace encapsulation project that we worked on. While this was not the main part of the job, it was an important part of it. This was an important part because of how much groundwater was and would be able to come into the crawlspace from this large crack. Our crew had to dig all the way down to the bottom of the foundation and seal the entire area.
The "before" picture shows the hole that was dug to get to the foundation, as well as the actual crack in the foundation. Since this was not a major crack, this home did not need any major foundation work, which is why it just needed to be sealed. However, the crack was more than large enough to let in water.
The "after" picture shows what the corner looked like after our crew had sealed up the crack. As you can see, it was nothing major or something that took up a lot of room, but it was a very important part of this job. After it was sealed and the sealant dried up, this hole was filled back in and the rest of the job was completed! The inside of the crawlspace was also sealed in the same way.
This homeowner in West Union, SC was having some difficulty with water intrusion in their crawlspace. Water was building up under the home, which began to worry the homeowner, which was good on their part. They called our company to take a look at their crawlspace, and one of our Systems Design Specialist was able to give a quick and simple solution!
The "before" picture shows what this area looked like before our crew came in to install the CleanSpace liner. You can see the condensation that has accumulated under the old crawl space liner that had been put in the crawlspace before we came to the home. The good thing is that the water is being trapped under the liner, however, because it is not sealed correctly, the water is still able to into the crawlspace.
The "after" picture shows the area after the CleanSpace and drain matting was installed in the crawlspace. A picture is really worth a thousand words when it comes to jobs like these. You can see such a huge difference in the crawlspace with the CleanSpace installed. Not only is the liner functional, by keeping the water vapor from getting into the crawlspace, but it also makes the crawl space brighter and more "welcoming". The area is much cleaner and more pleasant to work in.
Foundation issues can be some of the scariest issues that we see and deal with here at All-Dry of the Carolinas. This home definitely did not have as bad bowing walls as many of the other homes that we see here, because the homeowner was proactive about the issues with their home. However, these small cracks will continue to grow if not watched and taken care of quickly.
One of the biggest causes of bowing walls is the pressure that is created on the outside of the home by the earth, as was the case with this particular house. The type of cracking that can be seen in these pictures is a "stair-step" crack, which is one of the more common types of cracking. One of the things that a lot of people wonder about is the duct tape that the crew puts over the cracks. As you can see between the two photos, the duct tape shows how much the wall has moved and came together.
Wall anchors are able to really make a difference in basement walls, especially because they can be progressively tightened. This means that after they are installed, just months later they can be tightened to provide even more support and bring the wall closer to its original position. It can sometimes be difficult to notice how much the wall anchors really do, but the duct tape certainly makes it much more obvious how much the cracks were closed.