Chris is excited to be a part of the Healthy Spaces team! He loves meeting new people and ensuring that their homes are safe and healthy. His previous experience working in real estate and law enforcement has made him passionate about protecting customers’ health and their homes. He loves solving problems and working with customers to develop the best plan for their home.
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This homeowner in Tennyson, IN, knew that the reason the basement was leaking was because of a window. They were rusty, ugly, and open at the top allowing debris, rain, and gutter overflow water to sneak in. The bottom of the window well was dirt which allowed weeds to grow and mud to splash up on the window. The view from his basement was lousy and the maximum amount of natural light wasn't being allowed in.
Design Specialist, Chris Russel, was sent to help the homeowner come up with a plan to fix the windows.
A SunHouse window well cover was this homeowner's easy solution. This light-colored window well features a clear cover that fits nicely and a bottom that prevents weed growth while keeping leaves, debris, and rain out. One of the best benefits is that a lot more sunlight bounces into the basement and brightens up the space because of the light-colored bottom.
What's worse than a wet basement? These Owensboro, KY homeowners didn't know the answer to that either. With every rainfall, water would slowly creep into their basement. They bought fans to constantly run after storms to dry up the sitting water. They thought they fixed it themselves- once and for all, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case. On top of the water problems, there was also mold growth occurring because of the water intrusion that was happening.
Chris Russel, one of our certified Design Specialists were sent out to the home to inspect the basement and let the homeowners the best solution to keep water out. A WaterGuard system was the answer. The WaterGuard spacers against the wall make a neat finished look and keep dirt and debris from the floor out of the gap, while not being seen. After the water is collected through the WaterGuard system, it is taken to the sump pump where it is pumped outside and away from the home through discharge lines.
Ron S, from Elberfeld, IN was having 2 main problems with his basement: water and mold. As these are common problems, he knew they don't create a healthy environment to live in. Since water always finds the path of least resistance, it would intrude during rains through the cracks in the basement walls. With the water often sitting in the basement, it leads to a mold issue. The mold was growing on organic material, such as wood. Ron knew that he should call someone to come take a look before the problem got worse.
System Design Specialist, Chris Russell, inspected Ron's basement and noticed the standing water and mold growth as well. After the inspection, they sat down and Chris provided an estimate for the work, and Ron was ready to move forward to get his basement back to health. For starters, a mold remediation treatment was done through the basement to get rid of the mold. A WaterGuard system was installed to run any intruding water straight to the new TripleSafe sump pump. The water would then run outside from the discharge lines of the sump pump. A CleanSpace vapor is a heavy, durable, plastic liner that provides a vapor barrier while also draining water behind it and dramatically brightens the basement.
Randy M, a homeowner in Haubstadt, IN was experiencing signs of foundation issues in his basement. With the stair-step cracking getting worse in his block walls, he knew he had to do something. As you can see in the before photos, Randy created a temporary "DIY" fix to his problem. While it may have worked for a short amount of time, he still saw the cracks progressing to become more defined and knew it was time to call in professional help.
Design Specialist, Chris Russell, completed a thorough inspection of Randy's basement and listened to his concerns. Chris recommended the PowerBraces be installed in the basement. Why is the PowerBrace system the best solution for the problems that occurred? One of the main reasons is that it allows for potential straightening over time. That means it can actually improve the condition of the wall over time, unlike other I-Beam systems. The zinc coating makes the entire system resistant to corrosion, reduces abrasion and wear, and creates a non-toxic surface.
Randy's home's foundation is now strong and he doesn't have to worry about the problem getting worse. During his yearly renewals, our service technician is able to tighten these beams for him, maximizing the tightness and stability.
Penni W. from Haubstadt, IN noticed foundation issues in her basement. The wall was bowing inward causing a crack to form, as well as worry set in. She wanted to address these problems before they got any worse, so she contacted Healthy Spaces to receive a free estimate. Our System Design Specialist, Chris Russell, created a thorough foundation repair and waterproofing plan to restore her basement.
Penni chose to move forward with installing our systems, so our production crew installed our WaterGuard drainage system, our SuperSump sump pump, and wall anchors. This innovative wall anchor system will permanently stabilize your foundation wall by anchoring your walls to the hard-packed virgin soil beyond your foundation. The project took two days, and now the basement is permanently protected, and her peace of mind is restored.
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Homeowner Larry D from Patoka, IN. struggled with the musty odors in his home. Every time he would walk in the front door, the smell would hit him out of nowhere. He decided to go straight to the source- his crawl space. He hadn't been down there for years, and he suddenly remembered why. There was water sitting at the bottom, and mold growth everywhere. He decided to turn the issue over to someone he knew could handle it, so he gave Healthy Spaces a call.
Design Specialist, Chris Russell, came out to inspect Larry's crawl space. After he was finished, they sat down together to discuss the plan of action. This crawl space majorly needed a mold remediation treatment. Any time there are damp, humid conditions in your basement or crawl space, there is potential for mold growth. Our remediation process includes removing all mold-damaged materials, drying out the basement or crawl space, and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces. We use safe, effective cleaning products, and all of our technicians are trained and certified in professional mold remediation techniques that won't spread the mold in your home.
Evansville, IN homeowner Thea J. was having issues with her foundation. When she went into her basement, there were 2 walls beginning to bow inwards. This wasn't the first time she had seen this- it had been doing this over the course of many years. She finally decided to ease her mind and give her local foundation repair company, Healthy Spaces, a call.
Upon making an appointment, System Design Specialist Donnie Stuteville came to Thea's home and completed a free, no-obligation inspection of the issues she was having. He noticed bowing walls and stair-step cracking in the foundation, which is never a good sign. Of course, the signs of wall failure will look different depending on what your walls were built with, and hers were concrete blocks and poured concrete. Donnie recommended installing the PowerBrace System. This system is designed to support basement walls and allow for potential straightening over time, therefore, it can improve the condition of your wall. Thea agreed and our foundation crew quickly installed the work. Thea is thrilled with the results!
This Evansville, IN crawl space was very damp with condensation and moisture taking over, and the homeowners needed a solution to repair and prevent this from happening again. The main problem that condensation and moisture give our crawl spaces is mold. If you have mold in your crawl space, you are breathing in 50% of that air on the first floor of your home. Homeowner, Will M., had dealt with this damp crawl space many times, and he was tired of putting his family's health at risk. He knew a lot of work needed to be done, so he decided to give Healthy Spaces a call to solve the problem.
Design Specialist, Chris Russel, quickly came to evaluate the situation. After Will and Chris worked together they came up with a solution to totally fix the issue, our production team came to the home to start the project. The solution was that the crawl space would need an EZ Flow Drain System so water can run to the sump pump in the crawlspace instead of pooling, SantiDry Sonoma, SmartSump, and CleanSpace.
The SaniDry Sedona is a dehumidifier for your crawl space that eliminates damp, musty odors by drying and filtering the air. It is the most effective and energy-efficient flow through dehumidifier in the world. Our CleanSpace encapsulation system is lined in crawl spaces to permanently separate your home from the ground. This is part of a healthy crawl space and a healthy home. The SmartSump is used for your crawl space drainage system. It is designed just for crawl spaces because the liner and lid form a tight seal around the CleanSpace liner.
Will M. is very happy with how his crawl space turned out, especially knowing that his family is breathing healthy air.