This Huntingburg, IN crawlspace is pretty much the posterchild for crawlspaces in the area. Block foundation walls, dirt floor, and frequent crawlspace flooding. Here's what Healthy Spaces did to fix the flooding problem: installed a crawlspace EZ Flow Drainage system and completed a mold remediation before installing a vapor barrier called CleanSpace.
Here is the EZ Flow Drainage system in the prepared trenches. The system can capture moisture throughout its 365 degrees and filter out dirt before directing the water into the sump pump system
There are two great things about this picture: 1. You can see the white Biocide eating away at the mold and fungus and 2. you can see the prepared sump pump pit ready for the pump to be placed and tested!
This picture is a little dark, but it shows the powerful, Zoeller Sump Pump that is now installed in this Huntingburg, IN crawlspace. The SuperSump is amazing--it's quiet and powerful, has a sturdy lid, and contains a WaterWatch Alarm to alert you if the pump loses power!
A good discharge system is all about durability, preventing freezing, and proper direction. A durable, rigid pipe should direct water from the sump pump outside the home. You can see in this picture that there's a cone-like device called an IceGuard that will prevent the line from freezing. The rest of the discharge line is long enough to direct the pumped out water far from the house so it doesn't drain back in.
Here's the discharge line once it has been properly buried. The grass will quickly fill in and the line will be practically invisible.
Most crawlspaces end up with drafty, warped plywood doors that just aren't secure. The homeowners have selected the perfect crawlspace entrance--the rugged, aesthetically pleasing, and secure Turtl crawlspace door,
Here's the Turtl door installed in Huntingburg, IN. You can see that it's made of a durable plastic that won't fade in the sun, or warp in the weather. It's easy to lock so your new storage space is secure. It's also smooth on the inside, so you don't risk snagging your skin or clothing on rusty nails or other hazards (we call those plywood door problems).
Most people don't pay a lot of attention to their crawlspace. It's pretty much wasted space that only gets a visit when the furnace filter needs changing.
The other time that someone really starts paying attention to their dark and nasty crawlspace is when it floods and crawlspaces flood with alarming regularity in Huntingburg and the surrounding towns in Dubois County.