If you're like me, going into a crawl space is the last thing that I want to do. But when it comes to the health of your home and your family, this is the worst thing to do! Without a reliable sump pump system in your crawl space, the space will still be vulnerable to groundwater, as well as unnoticed plumbing leaks.
For this Clarkson, KY homeowner, we installed our SmartSump Crawl Space Sump Pump. Coming equipped with a sump alarm and an optional battery backup, it is exactly what you need to ensure your crawl space is staying dry all the time! Should you have any water from a plumbing leak, it first passes by the alarm, then drains into the sump pump. The alarm will sound so you know you have a leak in your crawl space - giving you peace of mind knowing you're protected.
This Payneville, KY crawl space was full of mold, moisture, and mud and the homeowners needed a solution to repair and prevent the damage from reoccurring. As you know, the earth is damp, and as that damp soil dries beneath your house, the water vapor moves upward. The dirt floor in the before picture makes for an easy passageway for moisture to enter the crawl space and cause problems.
Design Specialist, Bob Roberts,was sent to the home to discuss what steps they could take to stop more damage. To prevent issues like these, the CleanSpace barrier was installed. This has multiple layers of plastics with flexibility and tear resistance to stop water vapor from permeating up from the floor. When the CleanSpace liner is laid over the floor of the crawl space, water can seep or even flow under it to the sump, keeping your crawl space clean and dry. This encapsulation system satisfied all of the repair criteria while dramatically transforming the area into a healthy, usable space. This crawl space now has no more humidity than upstairs.
Jeremiah in Irvington, KY, called Healthy Spaces because he was interested in installing a crawl space well or access well. After sending our Design Specialist out there, they came up with a solution that would fit Jeremiah's needs. Crawl space access wells can be ugly, deteriorate, and can let in rain, leaves, and debris. The doors will eventually rot and they do not have an airtight seal. Our Turtl crawl space access system is designed to provide clean convenient access to your below-grade crawl space. It's made from rigid plastic so it will never rot, rust, corrode, or need paint! It's built to last and looks great on your home!
One of the most important features of a good sump pump system is the discharge line. The Healthy Spaces installation team is putting in solid, rigid PVC discharge line. A rigid discharge line will not crush or deform when the fill soils are replaced and the soil is tamped down. Second, a good discharge system needs to be resistant to freezing. The Healthy Spaces team installed ice guards on this discharge system to prevent freezing and cracking. Third, a discharge line needs to direct water as far as possible from the foundation to prevent groundwater from flowing back into the basement. Fourth, a discharge line needs to have a safe, effective, and clog resistant end cap. The Healthy Spaces team is installing lawnscapes at the ends of these discharge lines.
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.