Did you know that the air in your crawl space is carried throughout your home due to the "stack effect?" If there is mold, mildew, and other unhealthy conditions below your home, you are breathing it in. Just as heat rise, the air in your home cycles from bottom to top.
A homeowner in Titusville, FL called us because his crawl space was damp and dirty. Our inspector, Jim Pierpoint, went out to the home and ventured into the crawl space to find out exactly how we could help. He took measurements and assessed the situation. Afterward, he showed the homeowner a detailed presentation about how our products could permanently repair the crawl space.
The products Jim proposed were CrawlDrain, SafeDri Pro, SafeDri Sump, SafeDri Battery Backup, vent covers, spray foam, CrawlSeal, and drainage matting.
CrawlDrain is a specialized crawl space drainage channel installed along the perimeter to collect water and carry it to the sump pump. We also installed a crawl space SafeDri Pro sump with a battery back-up. This system will pump water out of the home and the battery back-up will make sure it keeps pumping even if there is a power outage.
Vent covers are important to use if vents exist before the crawl space encapsulation. If these are not covered before, they will cause warm, humid air to enter the home, as well as pests, dirt, and other outside materials.
Our crew, led by foreman Mike McDonald, used spray foam along the band joists to block warm air from entering through the gaps. This makes the home more energy-efficient.
We then laid drainage matting on the floor. This allowed water to flow underneath instead of puddling and becoming stagnant.
Finally, we installed CrawlSeal on the floors and walls. This is an industry-leading crawl space encapsulation system. CrawlSeal is a plastic sheet similar to a pool liner. It has seven layers, including an antimicrobial material and polyester cord reinforcement.
All of these products will work together to make this crawl space and home dryer and healthier. With a 25-year warranty on the CrawlSeal, this homeowner can rest assured knowing that their home is protected.
Inspector: Jim Pierpoint
Foreman: Mike McDonald
Products Installed: CrawlDrain, SafeDri Pro, SafeDri Sump, SafeDri Battery Backup, vent covers, spray foam, CrawlSeal, and drainage matting