Crawl Space Repair Case Studies: Mold Affecting Homeowner in Evansville, IN
Homeowner Tom M. has been living in his home for many years when he had recently begun to notice both temperature changes in his home, as well as a musty smell coming from his crawl space. When he went down to check it out, he noticed that the plastic liner that was once supposed to act as a barrier in his crawl space wasn't doing its job anymore. It was no longer sealed at the perimeter and allowing mold and moisture a home. There was mold growing all over the beams as well, which he knew couldn't be healthy at all.
He knew this job was too much for him to try to take on himself, so he decided to give Healthy Spaces a call to transform his space.
Tom S. chose our company after Googling local specialists and called to schedule his free inspection with us. We sent Design Specialist, Bob Roberts, to his home and give him a same-day quote.
After the inspection, they decided that encapsulating the crawl space would be the best fit for Tom. They also added a new sump pump, crawl space door, and outdoor drainage outlet.
Before they started encapsulating, they got rid of all of the mold growing on organic material with a mold remediation treatment. This kills all of the mold and prevents it from growing back. Next, they started the process of CleanSpace. the installed a dimpled polyethylene membrane under the CleanSpace liner which directs water to the sump pump. The CleanSpace encapsulation system is then installed to satisfy all repair criteria while transforming the area into a healthy, usable space. There's an agent in it called UltraFresh in the plastic that prevents mold and bacteria growth and is also odorless and safe. A SmartSump was installed to catch all of the water that might end up in the crawl space and dispose of it. The Lawnscape outlet was installed in the yard. These outlets are connected to the downspout to keep the pipe out of the yard. Lastly, the crawl space access door was sealed tight with an EverLast door. This door is all plastic which stops air and moisture from entering.
Tom is happy with the transformation of his crawl space and is now saving money on his energy bill every month.
This vapor barrier isn't helping keep water out anymore. The groundwater leakage that is currently in this crawl space is slowly evaporating into the house. The exposed earth is also adding a continuous stream of water vapor.
Concrete block walls are very hollow and porous. They have hollow cavities, and when they're stacked on top of each other they form a big honeycomb of air spaces which can be an easy pathway for water to intrude.
Mold is a living organism that requires water to survive. When your crawl space is damp and humid, you're giving mold the perfect environment to thrive.
This durable sump pump discharge line takes the water out while camouflaging the end of the pipe. It is important to keep the water away from your home.
Now that the crawl space is isolated from the earth, CleanSpace has been installed on the floor and walls. This satisfies the drainage and stops water vapor from permeating up from the floor causing mold.
The EverLast basement door will seal the crawl space and other outside air leaks from intruding. This plastic cover still makes the crawl space accessible and is easy to use.