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Crawlspace entries are about as unsightly as can be, especially on a lovely brick home. There's just no good way to disguise that piece of plywood or sheet metal tacked over the opening. In fact, many homes have access wells around the entry door and that draws even more attention to the space.
The Healthy Spaces team helped this Boonville, KY homeowner with their crawlspace entry by removing the rusting access well and installing a durable Turtl crawlspace entry door. Besides creating a feature that blends in with the earth tones of the home, the Turtl is also able to be locked securely from the outside. It's rugged plastic exterior won't fade, warp or crack either. Now, instead of dealing with a drafty and unsecured crawlspace, the homeowners have the latest in crawlspace entry security and aesthetic appeal!
Crawlspace access wells are ugly and deteriorated! They let in rain, groundwater, debris, critters, and all manner of disgusting stuff. The homeowners of this home were tired of the seasonal water intrusion and the resulting mold and mildrew problems inherent in a flooded crawlspace.
Here is the same crawlspace with a Turtl crawlspace access door installed. The Turtl crawlspace door is airtight and able to be secured. They are designed to make for a safer and easier access without sharp edges. They are durable and much more appealing aesthetically.
These Shepherdsville homeowners have stated that with the Turtl door combined with a CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system has created a crawlspace that is dry all the time, absent of critters, and cleaner and brighter than ever!
This Shepherdsville, KY basement was experiencing flooding while a new Waterguard system was being installed. In order to keep the basement from fully flooding, the installation crew left the existing sump pump in place while completing the installation. In the first image, you can see the old sump pump had some definite design flaws. First, the sump pump discharge lines are bent, slowing the evacuation of water from the basement. Second, there isn't an airtight lid, which has lead to an increased relative humidity and higher risk of mold. The new Super Sump Pump system that you can see installed in the second image, has a straight discharge line, a powerful pump, and an airtight lid. Now that the new sump pump is in place, the old pump will be removed and the hold filled in.
We have now determined that a vented crawlspace is a bad idea. Initially, it was assumed that the vents would act like car windows and one vent would allow in fresh outdoor air and the vent on the opposite wall would let the air out, but air pressure laws preclude this from happening. Air pressure in a home makes the vents perform more like a chimney. All vents suck in air and force it upward through the home. This is called the stack effect. The rising air brings with it all the mold, mildew, dust, and allergens and disburses it throughout the home before the air leaves out the highest level.
This stack effect reduces the energy efficiency of the home and can drastically decrease the lifespan of your HVAC system, while increasing your heating and cooling bills.
Cleanspace vent covers go over the old, inefficient vent covers and leaves a clean looking finish that will seal off the outside air completely.
"Our basement was a waste of square footage! With growing kids, I needed somewhere for them to hang out with their friends that wasn't right on top of each other. We decided to finish the basement".
This is a common situation for many homeowners in the Fort Knox area. Basements tend to be damp, moldy, and smelly. Thankfully, they don't have to stay that way! Healthy Spaces can transform an ugly waste of space into a beautiful addition to your home.
In this case, the homeowners had the basement stripped down, treated for mold and fungus, then elected to have Zen Wall panels installed because they will not mold or deteriorate. They also installed a Waterguard system to direct wall moisture and ground water into a sump pump system and discharge system for removal. The basement will be a cleaner, healthier place for the kids to hang out!