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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.
The ways that homes are built are not always helpful in keeping the crawlspace or basement dry. This is one reason why so many people require our services. This particular basement was having a lot of water intrusion through the walls of the basement. Since the homeowner was looking to make the area a more livable and usable space, they wanted this problem to be taken care of for good.
The "before" photo shows what the area looked like before our crew came out to install our products. The most obvious sign that this homeowner needed this system, in this photo, are all of the watermarks on the bottom of the wall. The white marks are minerals that are left behind when the water evaporates. This is never a good sign, and was part of the reason that the homeowner was concerned in the first place.
The "after" picture is a much different story than the first photo. You can see all three of the main products that were installed in the basement. The most obvious one is probably the CleanSpace Wall, which is the white liner that goes around the bottom few feet of the wall. This helps to drain the water to the WaterGuard. The WaterGuard is a drain that runs around the perimeter of the basement and collects the water that comes through the wall. The water then drains through the WaterGuard to the SuperSump pump system, where it is then pumped outside and away from the home. These three products do such a great job in keeping basements dry, and are usually pretty simple and easy to install.
This home in Arden, North Carolina had a very damp crawlspace which was in need of a CleanSpace liner, as well as a dehumidifier and sump pump. Between these three products, a crawlspace is usually pretty protected from moisture. However, because this problem wasn't addressed soon enough, we also had to clean the mold off of the floor joists and other areas using Mold-X.
The "before" photo shows the crawlspace's condition when our System Design Specialist first arrived at the home. As you can see, there is insulation falling down and already on the ground. The unprotected and uncovered ground lets a lot of moisture enter the crawlspace. This was one of the biggest problems for this homeowner.
The "after" photo gives a great view of the same area, which just happens to be where several of the products that we installed were located. First off, you have the CleanSpace liner. This liner provides great protection and a seal to keep the crawlspace separate from the open ground. We also have the SantaFe Edge II Dehumidifier, which is another quality product we provide. The dehumidifier essentially filters the air for any moisture and keeps the relative humidity low enough that mold cannot grow. The final product in this picture, that you can't see very well is the sump pump. The sump pump takes any water that collects under the CleanSpace liner or from the dehumidifier and pumps it outside the home.
Foundation settlement is one of the most common causes of foundation problems that we see. The settlement is caused by the soil under and around the home shifting, because it is not packed down nearly as much as the undisturbed ground around it. The severity of settlement really depends on a couple of factors; one being, how tightly packed the soil was after the foundation of the home was built, and how long the homeowner has gone without addressing the problem.
Unfortunately, this homeowner had been living with this problem for awhile without getting it taken care of. As you can see from the before photo, the crack in this chimney is not just a small crack, but rather a huge gap. This is very dangerous, because you never know when something could happen and the entire chimney could come down. This is definitely something that you do not want to wait on, but rather get taken care of sooner, rather than later.
While the after photo is not the completely finished product, it does show the difference between the chimney before the push piers were installed and afterwards. As you can see, the gap has been almost completely closed through the raising of the piers. You can also see the difference that the piers made in the duct tape on the chimney, especially the piece on the right.
One problem that a lot of homes have in common, is the lack of proper crawlspace entrance. Almost all homes that we visit have some kind of entrance or cover, but they usually are not as good as they should be. Many of the doors that we see have holes in them, cracks around the door, and many other issues. The integrity of the door is extremely important to the health of the crawlspace.
This was the case for this home in Waynesville, North Carolina. As you can see, the yard around the entrance creates a great funnel leading to the entrance. This was a nightmare for the homeowner when it would rain, because the water would just pool around and seep into the crawlspace. This homeowner got more work done inside the crawlspace, which was another reason that this entrance solution was a necessity.
Our solution was this beautiful crawlspace entrance, it almost looks like something out of a Science-Fiction movie! As you can see, the entrance was attached to the home, and then the area around it was backfilled. This was a great solution to this homeowner's problem of the water pooling around the entrance. This also makes getting into the crawlspace much easier and safer. The most important part of this product is that it keeps water and water vapor from getting into the crawlspace, which will significantly decrease the relative humidity level in the crawlspace.
This homeowner was having problems with the humidity level in their crawlspace. They were getting quite a bit of water and moisture in the crawlspace, which was increasing the humidity level. They knew that this was a problem and wanted to make sure that they were protected against it. The work that our crew did was absolutely amazing, and really transformed the look and function of the crawlspace.
The "before" photo is a photo of the crawlspace before the CleanSpace and other products had been laid out in the crawlspace. It certainly does not look in that bad of shape, but the tricky thing about moisture and high humidity levels is that they are pretty difficult to see. Sometimes there are signs (like condensation) that are visible, but there are usually tools that must be used to figure out if the humidity level is too high.
The "after" picture shows the crawlspace after the CleanSpace liner had been installed. As you can see, this product makes a huge difference once installed. This homeowner opted to also have the CleanSpace wall installed, which takes the CleanSpace almost all of the way up the wall. This keeps even more water and moisture from getting into the crawlspace from the walls. Not only is CleanSpace functional, but it also looks extremely good!
This homeowner was in need of some protection for his basement and basement walls. Luckily for him, this was a problem that we could easily help him with. He was having some slight water intrusion in their partially finished basement. This was about to cause some serious issues, so they decided to call us and see exactly what we could and would do for them!
The "before" picture shows what the area looked like before our crew installed the CleanSpace liner and wall, as well as the SaniDry dehumidifier. As you can see, the room itself is very dark and dirty looking. You can also see how the area is hastily covered with another, less effective basement/crawlspace liner. This allows water, insects, or anything else to easily pass through the liner.
The "after" photo shows a much different story. You can see that the entire room is covered in either CleanSpace liner or our CleanSpace Wall. This basement is more than safe and sound now! Not only did this homeowner have this whole room encapsulated, but they also had a SaniDry dehumidifier installed. This helps to remove any moisture from the air and pump it outside the home.