Your home is a system, and every part of that system plays a role that affects the rest of the structure. If your crawl space begins to rot, grow mold, or experience structural problems, this will extend to every part of your home.
At Healthy Spaces, we specialize in crawl space problems of all types. We offer free crawl space repair quotes in the Indiana and Kentucky area, including areas like Henderson.
If you're having a problem with your crawl space, you've come to the right place. At Healthy Spaces, we specialize in crawl space problems of all types. Whatever your issue, we have the products and experience that you need to find the best solution.
Crawl space repair will help you avoid unnecessary repairs, create a healthier living space, and save money on your utility bills. And once you've encapsulated your crawl space with a vapor barrier, you've gained valuable storage space in your home.
We've all seen the usual crawlspace door--plywood, old palettes, or scrap wood nailed together to cover the crawlspace opening. Even if the cover is painted or covered in shingles, it's usually warped and degraded by the sun. The metal hinges are usually rusted and in many cases, the hinges have pulled out of the siding. These old crawlspace doors lead to many problems besides just being ugly; they also allow pests, mold spores, and moisture into your home. Since these doors are not airtight, cold winter air will enter creating energy efficiency issues and increasing your heating bills.
Healthy Spaces offers several access door options to their homeowners. These are made entirely out of plastics and foams. Once installed, they create an airtight, waterproof seal between your crawl space and the cold or humid air outside.
This new crawl space doors is called a Turtl. It is constructed of rugged, durable plastic. It can be secured from the outside and it will not warp or fade in the sun. A Turtl is inexpensive, easy to install, and keep your home looking great!
This Central CIty, KY crawlspace was experiencing seasonal flooding, mold growth, and poor energy efficiency. The homeowners had been looking for a permenant solution to the flooding and mold issues. They knew that unless they could reduce the relative humidity, remove the excess groundwater from the crawlspace, and isolate their home from outside humidity. The best solution is to use a waterproofing drainage system with powerful sump pump and overlay the system with CleanSpace.
CleanSpace is a rugged, multi-layer plastic liner, similar to a pool liner. It is guaranteed against rips, tears, and water on top of the liner when installed with a drainage system for 25 years. In fact, CleanSpace is so durable that pests can't pentrate it and it's safe to climb over and use for proper storage.
CleanSpace is an engineered film--blue on one side and white on the other. The white side reflects the crawlspace light to brighten the area and make it easier to see what you're storing.
Healthy Spaces waterproofing specialists can help you determine which crawlspace drainage system and accompanying sump pump system are best to achieve your goals. In this case, drainage matting and the all-around crawlspace drainage pipe are best.
This particular crawlspace has moisture seeping up from the floor. When water is coming in from every angle of the floor, this style of drainage system can direct groundwater into any crawlspace sump pump system from Basement Systems.
Here, you can see the drainage system installed in the ground. Next, it is covered with the drainage matting. All of this will be overlaid with CleanSpace and will be invisible.
In these photos, you can easily see the CleanSpace difference! When the Healthy Spaces installation removed the layer of tar paper from the crawlspace, they discovered an extremely muddy crawlspace floor. In fact, the mud was very slippery and smelly.
In order to isolate the crawlspace and the house from the muddy ground and wet outside air, Cleanspace was installed. CleanSpace is an engineered film designed against rips, tears, and water on top of the liner. it's guaranteed for 25 years!
In the second picture, you can see the CleanSpace being installed in the crawlspace. Once the installation is complete, the crawlspace will actually be a conditioned space, which will increase energy efficiency--saving money on cooling and heating, and increasing indoor air quality.
In these photos, you can see a crawlspace that is being treated for mold. Once the mold treatment was complete and the surfaces were thoroughly scrubbed, the debris was rolled in black plastic and removed from the crawlspace. Then, new black plastic was laid along the floor for the second phase of mold treatment. Once that is complete, the black plastic will be removed again and CleanSpace will be installed. Before the CleanSpace is adhered to the walls, the homeowners elected to insulate their crawlspace foundation walls with SilverGlo!
In these two pictures, you can see the bare foundation walls had been covered with backerboard sheets, which are very low R-rating for insulation. In the After picture, you can see the shiny surface of the SilverGlo! Not only is it an R11 rating, but it's complete with the shiny layer to reflect back heat/cool into the crawlspace. Once the crawl space system, complete with CleanSpace, is installed, the homeowners will notice energy efficiency and savings!
Here, you can see the before and the after of a fungus removal treatment performed by the Healthy Spaces installation team. The fungus was growing along the wooden subfloor boards throughout the crawlspace due to an increased relative humidity of a vented crawlspace. In order to make sure that the fungus does not reoccur, the homeowners have elected to have their West Louisville, KY crawlspace encapsulated by Healthy Spaces.
This is a current project that our crawlspace installation team is working on today. They are completing a crawlspace encapsulation on a home with an old style vapor barrier and have just completed installing SilverGlo over the foundation walls to help the crawlspace be more energy efficient. Once the SilverGlo is installed, they will be removing the black plastic and putting down the CleanSpace engineered film to fully isolate the crawlspace from groundwater intrusion and outside air! We're looking forward to more photos as the day progresses!
Here, you can see a nasty, old vapor barrier that has torn and become covered in mold. Not only that, but the barrier itself has pulled away from the walls and wrinkled up to the point that it is not functional. The homeowners noticed that their mold problem had reoccurred and that the relative humidity in the crawlspace was still too high. They opted to contact Healthy Spaces and have a free estimate performed. During the estimate and evaluation process, the homeowners elected to have CleanSpace engineered film installed because of its great warranty and durability. Now, they have isolated their crawlspace from the outside air, reduced their overall relative humidity, and created a conditioned crawlspace. All in all, they have been impressed by lower heating and cooling bills, a more comfortable home, and a brighter, cleaner crawlspace!
Dirt crawlspaces are the most common type of below grade space in Jasper, IN. Most homes are built on them due to the high groundwater levels in the area. Unfortunately, dirt crawlspaces can become a big mess when they flood. All that dirt becomes a slippy, muddy mess and that moisture gets sucked up into your home due to the laws of air pressure. In order to make a home safer for asthmatics and allergy sufferers, it is recommended to install a crawlspace encapsulation system that decreases the relative humidity in a crawlspace, reducing mold growth, and creating a space that will be conditioned with the rest of the home.
The most effective crawlspace encapsulation system is called CleanSpace. CleanSpace is an engineered film that is guaranteed for 25 years against rips, tears, and water on top of the liner. How can a guarantee like this offered? Healthy Spaces only employs the best industry technicians and then has them factory trained and certified by Basement Systems in proper installation techniques. It doesn't stop there, either, our technicians are provided with continuous training and update opportunities through our relationship with Basement Systems.
In fact, what you see in these pictures is a technique that was perfected by our technicians during their CleanSpace installation training course. The only way to create a truly encapsulated crawlspace to make sure that the support pillars, walls, floor, and vents are all properly covered. When CleanSpace is installed, the first step is to properly wrap all support pillars and then marry that wrapping with the CleanSpace floor. By providing complete isolation from the dirt surrounding the crawlspace, our technicans seal off the home from all that groundwater intrusion. Then, the HVAC system works more efficiently to condition the home, even the crawlspace!
Henderson, KY sits directly along the banks of the Ohio River, which increases the groundwater intrusion, relative humidity, and the chance for mold and fungus growth in crawlspaces. In these two pictures, you can clearly see the fungus growing on the wooden subfloor joists of a Henderson, KY crawlspace. The fungus is growing and slowly decomposing the wood. In time, this problem could compromise the structural integrity of the subfloor joist. Thankfully, the homeowners have elected to completely destroy the fungus and have it properly removed by the Healthy Spaces team. In the second photo, you can see that the fungus removal has been completed on the subfloor joist. Each joist will have to be individually scrubbed and cleaned on all sides in order to kill the fungus. That's only half the battle, though. In order to make sure that the fungus does not return to the crawlspace and repopulate the areas where it was previously, the homeowners will need to have the crawlspace encapsulated. The best crawlspace encapsulation system is CleanSpace, an engineered film that will completely isolate the crawlspace from the dirt beneath and the outside air, allowing the HVAC system for the home to be more efficient and the crawlspace to remain drier, thus reducing the risk for fungus and mold growth.
So often, crawlspace access areas are left open, or covered with a sheet of plywood. These inadequate sorts of covers allow in moisture, insects, mold spores, etc. A vented crawlspace is a recipe for disaster in that regard.
In the pictures, you can see the old crawlspace access as the crew begins to install an EverLast Crawlspace Door by Basement Systems. EverLast Doors are made from 1/2 inch thick plastic. This way, the EverLast door will never shrink, warp, crack or rot like a wood door can. This durable, airtight door is a necessary component to any CleanSpace installation to make the crawlspace truly encapsulated and air-tight. This way, you have an energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing crawlspace entrance.
The EverLast door is completely maintenance-free because it will never warp, need painting, or rot. It is also easy to open when access is required.
Some experts say that the most important part of a crawlspace sump pump system is the pump. That makes sense, right? You can't keep a crawlspace like the one under this Owensboro home dry unless you have a reliable, powerful pump. There's something else to consider when drying out your crawlspace--where is the water going that the pump is pushing out?
It's a common problem when trying to do it yourself, or when dealing with inexperienced installers--they often don't make the discharge line long enough. Part of the reason that they short-change homeowners on proper discharge line length is that their sump pump isn't powerful enough to force the water out far enough to keep the water from flowing back into the crawlspace.
Healthy Spaces crawlspace waterproofing experts recommend that a minimum of 10' of discharge line with proper grade be installed. That's a minimum and it's better to go further than that. It's also vital to make sure that you have an IceGuard where the discharge line exits the house, so the discharge line doesn't freeze.
In these pictures, you can see the crew digging out the proper space and grade for the discharge line and then the finished product! It's amazing how lovely the landscaping looks after a discharge installation!
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