Nasty Crawl Space
This crawl space has been afflicted with moisture issues for quite some time, leading to the deterioration of the brick piers supporting the home. The pier on the left was failing.
Plants Growing Near an Open Vent
The open vents were letting in a lot of moisture to the point where plants were growing. Living plants may love this moisture and thrive on it, but the wood supporting the floor will rot and grow mold under these conditions.
Mushrooms Growing in the Crawl Space
Mushrooms growing in the crawl space are a sign that the humidity levels are dangerously high. the ideal conditions for growing mushrooms are a humidity level of above 90% humidity. At levels like these, the wood supporting the home will deteriorate and mold is rampant.
At the time of the free crawl space inspection, the measured humidity level was close to 70 percent. Additional symptoms in the crawl space indicated the moisture level fluctuates well above 90 percent - most likely on rainy or more humid days.
Dryer Venting into Crawl Space
A dryer vents out hot humid air. This is another way the humidity levels in the crawl space can fluctuate and increase.
Encapsulation and Floor Support
Our team transformed this crawl space into a clean, healthy space that monitors & controls the fluctuating extremes of the humidity levels down to a safe baseline of 55% relative humidity. The floor had weakened some over time, so supplemental support was used to correct the floor issue as well.
SmartJack Support was installed in multiple areas to support the floor. Our design specialists measure the floor level to identify and diagnose these areas.
SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier
As a part of the CleanSpace Encapsulation System, the SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier is the best crawl space dehumidifier on the market - as most other commonly seen dehumidifiers are not designed to handle the extremes of the crawl space.
TripleSafe Sump Pump
We highly recommend using the TripleSafe sump pump to keep the crawl space dry for good! Here is a view of what an installed TripleSafe looks like.
Where Does the Water Go?
After groundwater seeps into the crawl space under the CleanSpace vapor barrier, it drains into a powerful TripleSafe sump pump to be pumped up and out of the crawl space. You can see the two discharge lines here running from the pumps to the outside of the home.
Sump Pump Discharge Lines
Exiting the crawl space here through the wall are the two discharge lines. They are buried up until the exit point of the water in a location where the water can run off away from the home.
Sealed Crawl Space Door
The door installed as a part of a CleanSpace Encapsulation System is also designed to keep out moisture.