Winter humidity can wreak havoc in your home. Here's how humidity can impact the health of your crawl space.
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Using CleanSpace, we were able to provide our customer with a barrier separating the ground from the home. Crawl spaces with dirt or concrete do a poor job of stopping humidity from entering houses. With CleanSpace, we have made a vapor barrier allowing for the house to be protected from humidity that can cause problems like mold and dust mites that can have serious consequences.
Our customer inherited a house and immediately noticed a musty smell. She suspected the crawl space was the culprit, and she was correct.
We used CleanSpace vapor barrier and drainage matting to encapsulate the crawl space and protect it from the dirt floor and everything (like water) that comes with it. We also installed a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier to control the ambient moisture.
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This old Houghton Lake cabin had a crawl space that was in need of proper insulation and a plastic sheathing that would keep moisture out. The crawl space had block walls and a sand base that allowed water and water vapor to easily access the space.
The first step in this project was to install drainage matting on the base of the crawl space. Because the space was going to be encapsulated with a liner, we needed the dimpled surface of the drainage matting to help guide water to the perimeter drain to prevent it from getting trapped underneath the liner.
The CleanSpace liner was installed on the base and the walls of the crawl space to completely seal it off from outside air and moisture. The liner is waterproof and vapor proof to prevent any type of moisture from entering the crawl space and its inorganic materials and antimicrobial additive prevents mold growth. The liner was securely fastened to the walls so the homeowner will never have to worry about it falling down and the material is extremely durable, making it resistant to ware and tare over time.
To insulate the walls in the crawl space we used FrothPak spray foam insulation. Unlike traditional fiberglass insulation this one will never absorb moisture in the space and if it did get wet, its inorganic materials prevent mold growth. The spray foam was easily used to completely seal the walls off from the outside environment.
Gary and Carol W. reached out to us because they were looking to deal with the foundation issue in their home. There was a large crack located in the corner of their foundation wall on the outside of the home. The foundation had sunk about an inch in that same corner and these homeowners were looking for a reliable solution that would support their home and prevent it from settling again in the future.
To stabilize the foundation and lift it back to its original level, we installed helical piers. First, we needed to remove the soil outside of the home where the settlement had occurred because the piers are installed at the base of the home and secured into place. The piers were then driven down into the ground until they reached stable soil that would be able to hold the weight of the home. Once the system was completely installed, the foundation slab in the home was lifted the soil was backfilled.
Mark Z. of Prudenville, MI had a vapor barrier from another company installed in his crawl space 15 years ago and it has failed, causing condensation and mold issues. Because of this, Mark gave us a call.
Our solution? The CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system and the SaniDry CX crawl space dehumidifier. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that prevents entry of outside elements into the crawl space. No cold air, water, or dirt will surpass this boundary.
The SaniDry CX is a dehumidifier made for small space of a crawl space but has a powerful motor that absorbs up to 109 pints of water per day without its collection tray having to be emptied. That's right -- this dehumidifer is self-draining.
Mark, relax. We've got you covered with these products.
Warren C. from Saint Helen, MI had a serious probelm in his crawl space before calling us. He had almost 2 feet of water in his crawl space and his sump pump was not working. This can easily lead to mold growth and break down of structures in the crawl space, on top of incredible humidity in the home above the crawl space. For this reason, Warren reached out for help – and ew had a solution.
We installed two of our favorite products for this job: the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system and the SmartSump crawl space sump pump system. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals out surrounding elements from the crawl space. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is made with antimicrobial properties that prevent mold growth.
The SmartSump is a small but mighty sump pump perfect for shallow crawl spaces. It's Zoeller 1/3 horsepower pump can pump 2,500 gallons of water per hour at a 5 foot head, ensuring a completely dry crawl space.
With these installments, Warren can be sure that his crawl space will have protection against flooding in the future.
Jane F. lived in a home that was 30 plus years old. It was built over a dirt floor crawl space and the foundation is made up of wood and concrete blocks. The middle of her home was sagging and Jane was worried about the foundation of her home.
Our amazing team found a solution to fix her foundation issues without her having to leave the house. We used SmartJack to stabilize her crawl space. SmartJacks are steel support support systems that level the floor in your crawl space. They have the ability to support more than 60,000 lbs. Now, Jane has a solution that will lift the floors in her home and unlike concrete floors, will not sink into the soil again over time.
Our customer called looking for a way to control the humidity in his walkout basement for good. There wasn't standing water but the basement had two bedrooms and they always felt damp and musty. He was concerned about air quality, but also didn't want to refinish the basement before addressing the persistent dampness.
We installed a SaniDry dehumidifier to keep the ambient moisture at a livable level. The SaniDry line provides powerful dehumidifying capabilities and a large capacity so you're always protected without the inconvenience of constantly emptying a reservoir.
The basement can be finished without fear of moisture with a SaniDry on the job.
One morning our call center received a call from our friend Elizabeth, who owns a cottage in Prudenville, MI. She told us she had a lot of moisture and condensation in the crawlspace of her summer home. Elizabeth’s son Mark is a past crawlspace client of ours and he referred her to us because he knew he could trust our Ayers Basement Systems team to provide his mother with the same high-quality service he had received.
After assessing Elizabeth’s crawlspace needs, we recommended the installation of our patented CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system to address the current moisture/condensation issues being faced below her home. The CleanSpace encapsulation product is a 20mm thick plastic lining that completely seals off the crawl space from the grueling elements it faces below. To supplement the CleanSpace, we also installed the CleanSpace drainage mat to ensure maximum water drainage to Elizabeth’s sump pump. Our new friend also elected for us to install the SaniDry CX, a high-performance dehumidifier and filtration system. In her crawlspace, the SaniDry will help prevent moisture, reduce musty odors, and produce healthy air. Thanks to our team, Elizabeth’s crawlspace worries are now a thing of the past.
One day Rita Z. was visiting her parents’ home in Houghton Lake, MI. While she was visiting she could tell something was bothering her dad. She asked him what was on his mind and he began telling her about the leaking window wells in their basement. Ready to help her parents seek guidance from their local basement waterproofing experts, Rita picked up the phone and gave us a call. We carefully listened to Rita explain the problem occurring in her parents basement. A short time later we sent our team out to help our new friends tackle their basement challenges.
Rita’s parents welcomed us into their home, where we diagnosed the current water concerns and recommended the installation of four SunHouse window well covers. The SunHouse is designed to transform dark, dirty, wet and deteriorated window wells into clean, bright spaces that bring loads more light into your basement. Our SunHouse window well covers bring you a bright, maintenance-free window well that’s just about indestructible. Each one is made from reinforced plastic that will never rust, rot or require painting. Thanks to a team effort Rita is feeling good that she helped solve her parent’s window well concerns, and her parents are glad she knew to call us!
Paula P. from Prudenville, MI was over taken by signs that her homes foundation was moving. While letting her dog out her sliding glass door she began noticing it wouldn’t open and close like it used to. One day while coming home from work she noticed a stair-step crack in one of her brick foundation walls. She became worried about her growing foundation problem and gave us a call.
Our expert System Design Specialists calculated a plan to lift Paula’s home back to its original position and permanently support its weight through customized approach using seven helical piers. These piers are long steel shafts, that are advanced deep into the ground to competent soil. The footing of the home sits on top of these shafts using a heavy-duty steel anchor. We installed these anchors by excavating soil from around the exterior of the home until we reached the footing. We advanced the helical piers from there creating a solid and permanent solution, in finishing the job we replaced the removed soil. With these piers in place, we have allowed Paula’s home to regain its stability.
Kathryn J. inherited her father’s home in Higgins Lake, MI. She soon became unhappy with the damp musty smell rising up from the crawl space. One day Kathryn saw an Ayers truck at a home in her neighborhood. She stopped and talked to our team member about getting someone out to inspect her crawl space.
When Kathryn’s appointment date arrived, we sent Senior System Design Specialist Roger Powell to her rescue. Roger went to our new friends’ home and created an individualized solution proposal consisting of our CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system and the SaniDry Sedona dehumidification system. Kathryn had several other proposals drawn up by other local companies, but ultimately, she felt Ayers could best meet her needs. We returned to our new friends’ home and put our proposed plan into action. Since the transformation Kathryn has said she can definitely feel the difference, the musty smell is gone, and her energy cost have dropped. Like Kathryn, if you are tired of the musty smell in your crawl space, give us a call to see what the CleanSpace can do for you.