Old Plastic Vapor Barrier
Here you can see the general area of the crawl space. The previous vapor barrier was able to cover the uneven crawl space floor, but it did not protect it from moisture.
Mold Growing On Wood Framing
Mold spores, the seeds of mold, are in the air everywhere. All they need to grow is organic material such as wood, the right temperature range, and moisture. Out of these, the only one that can be controlled is moisture.
Open Vents = Outside Air
Crawl spaces are vented to get the moisture out. The problem is that the vents let warm humid air in during the summer. This adds moisture to the crawl space and makes the house harder to air condition as all this moisture needs to be wrung out of the air.
Another View of The Crawl Space
Another look at the crawl space. You can see the wet areas on the wall and wet spots still on the plastic.
Before we could begin installing anything in this Princeton, IN, crawl space, we first had to remove all the old plastic vapor barrier.
Next, the Healthy Spaces team performed fungus remediation by applying a cleaning product and scrubbing the wood.
Most people only clean with disinfectants, addressing only surface soil load. The product Healthy Spaces uses, cleans beyond the soil load and accomplishes total source removal leaving behind a contaminate free surface.
Crawl Space Drainage System
Here we've begun to install the EZ Drain Flow. EZ Drain Flow is installed around the perimeter of the crawl space. So any water entering, whether from groundwater or plumbing leak, will enter the EZ Flow, which will then direct it to the sump pump. Once installed, it'll be in the ground and covered with dirt.
Crawl Space Drainage Directs To Sump Pump
The trench to right is where the EZ Flow Drain directs the water leading up to the sump pump in the very back corner.
Insulated Crawl Space Walls
It's important to insulate your crawl space walls in any climate. SilverGlo is expanded polystyrene insulation with graphite infused into it. These tiny particles reflect heat and lower the material's conductivity for superior R-value per inch.
The CleanSpace liner is used to isolate the home from the earth completely and permanently. The liner is tough enough for you to crawl on it and use your crawl space for storage.
SilverGlo and CleanSpace Liner
SilverGlo panels have tiny graphite particles that permeates its foam insulation to give it that silver/gray shine. In addition to resisting heat conduction, SilverGlo boasts a radiant barrier, which reflects heat back into your crawl space for ultimate energy savings.
Liner Completely Seals Crawl Space
The CleanSpace liner is COMPLETELY SEALED over the floor and walls to fully isolate your home environment from the earth. The result is an attractive, bright, tough, impervious liner - and a healthy home above it!
Sump Pump Discharge System
Sump pump discharge pipes are outside and will freeze in winter. IceGuard allows water to escape if pipes freeze or become blocked for any reason. Without it, your basement will flood in winter even though your sump pump is running!