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Crawlspaces have always been a challenge for homeowners. These shallow spaces under your home often develop major problems that are caused by excess moisture.

It isn’t only leaking water that causes problems in crawlspaces. It’s also higher humidity levels caused from dirt floors, open vents, and other air leakages.

This excess moisture creates the ideal conditions for mold and wood rot. Another thing to consider—since air moves from the bottom of your house to the top, all the nasty odors, moisture, gases, and mold spores in your crawlspace will drift up into your living space.

Let our crawlspace experts reduce the moisture in your crawlspace and make your entire home healthier with our ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing Crawlspace, the leading crawlspace encapsulation and controlled climate system.

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Crawlspace Solutions – First Remove The Water
Crawlspace Solutions – First Remove The Water
Crawlspace Water Problems Can Be Solved Using Proven Waterproofing Methods. Crawlspace Waterproofing Can Be Performed On Its Own…
The '58 Crawlspace Solution – Encapsulated And Climate Controlled
The ’58 Crawlspace Solution – Encapsulated And Climate Controlled
Crawlspace Encapsulation Is Sometimes Referred To As “Crawlspace Repair” Or “Crawlspace Sealing.”…
Crawlspace Sump Pump
Crawlspace Sump Pump
A Crawlspace Sump Pump Is One Of The Most Important Components In A Crawlspace Waterproofing System. The Sump Pump Is Installed In The Sump Pit That Serves As The Collection …
Controlling Moisture With A Crawlspace Dehumidifier
Controlling Moisture With A Crawlspace Dehumidifier
If Your Crawlspace Has Had Moisture Problems For An Extended Period Of Time, Or If Mold Is Found During A Crawlspace Inspection Your ’58…

Crawlspace Solutions – First Remove The Water

Crawlspace water problems can be solved by using proven waterproofing methods. Depending on your needs, crawlspace waterproofing can be performed on its own, or it can be part of the crawlspace encapsulation process. Either way, the waterproofing materials and techniques are the same.

The first step in any crawlspace waterproofing project is to identify where and how excess water or moisture is invading your crawlspace. A specialized crawlspace repair contractor, such as we are at ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing, will be able to determine these details during a crawlspace inspection. When it comes to crawlspace waterproofing, there are a few key elements typically involved.

In most cases, the contractor will install an interior drainage channel (often referred to as a French drain system) around the inside of the crawlspace foundation. This drainage system captures water that leaks into the crawlspace and drains it to a sump pit, where a crawlspace sump pump is installed. The sump pump comes on automatically when water in the sump pit reaches a predetermined level, discharging the water to the exterior of the house.

If moisture is leaking through your crawlspace foundation walls and into the crawlspace, the walls will require a heavy-duty plastic membrane. This membrane acts as a moisture barrier and will capture wall leakage, directing it into the drainage system. This prevents water from collecting on the crawlspace floor, keeping your crawlspace dry.

If you have intrusive moisture or water in your crawlspace, call or contact us online for a free crawlspace waterproofing price quote.

Crawlspace Solutions – First Remove The Water
A crawlspace turned into a swamp. Standing water in a crawlspace leads to mold, wood rot, and unhealthy living conditions.

The ’58 Crawlspace Solution – Encapsulated And Climate Controlled

Crawlspace encapsulation is sometimes referred to as “crawlspace repair” or “crawlspace sealing.” It’s easy to understand why these other terms are used.

Crawlspace problems—such as groundwater leaks or leakage through crawlspace walls—call for repairs to be made as part of the encapsulation process. The word “sealing” describes the process used to seal out moisture and outside air, so that your crawlspace environment kept dry and unaffected by outside conditions.

An experienced crawlspace encapsulation contractor should perform a thorough inspection of your crawlspace and provide you with a detailed estimate for free before offering a crawlspace encapsulation. At ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing, if you own the home or building, we will do a free inspection and price estimate.

One of the details that an inspection will reveal is the structural integrity of your crawlspace, including walls, joists, posts, and beams. If the main floor of the house has settled, or if the floor shows signs of unevenness, this can be due to inadequate structural support in the crawlspace.

Before the encapsulation process can begin, ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing will suggest correcting such problems, usually be installing new posts or crawlspace jacks.

At ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing, the crawlspace encapsulation process involves sealing all crawlspace vents to keep moisture out, and then sealing the floor and walls with a 20-mil thick vapor barrier that is nearly impervious to rips or tears. We mechanically fasten our liners to the walls to keep them firmly in place. We then caulk around the top edge to prevent moisture from rising behind the vapor barrier and into the crawlspace. We will also wrap concrete or block columns, sealing obvious air gaps to the outside with foam insulation.

This system will be largely hidden in your crawlspace.

The drain lines are installed flush with your crawlspace floor, right where the floor meets your crawlspace foundation wall. These lines converge at a sump pit, a circular hole in the basement floor where a sump pump is installed. The sump pump is equipped with a float valve. Whenever the collected water in the sump pit reaches a preset level, the sump pump turns on automatically, pumping the water out and away from your home.

The reliability of this interior waterproofing system isn’t difficult to understand. While the exterior waterproofing system attempts to seal every leak and gap in the foundation—a nearly impossible task that does little to relieve hydrostatic pressure—the interior drain-and-sump system minimizes hydrostatic pressure by providing a drainage system to remove crawlspace moisture.

If you’d like a free crawlspace waterproofing inspection and price estimate, call or contact us online.

The '58 Crawlspace Solution – Encapsulated And Climate Controlled
Clean and bright! The white 20-mil vapor barrier is a part of the ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing crawlspace encapsulation system. This will make the whole house healthier and more energy efficient.

Crawlspace Sump Pump

A crawlspace sump pump is one of the most important components in a crawlspace waterproofing system. The sump pump is installed in the sump pit that serves as the collection point for an interior drainage system.

A ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing crawlspace sump pump can be installed as part of our crawlspace encapsulation system. In this case, the 20-mil liner is tucked into the sump lid to maintain an airtight connection. Our crawlspace sump pump systems discharge water out the side of the basin and up a discharge pipe at the wall—presenting a nice clean finish.

A sump pump can remain idle for days or weeks. But when wet weather arrives, the waterproofing system must be prepared to do its work. The drainage channel (also referred to as a French drain) installed along the crawlspace perimeter walls will capture the water before it can reach the crawlspace floor. This helps to reduce the water pressure that is sitting against the foundation. As water flows through the drainage system, the sump pit fills up and the sump pump expels the water to outside your home.

The bottom line with any sump pump is easy to understand: It pays to have a premium-quality sump pump with a no-nonsense warranty. This gives you the peace of mind that your crawlspace waterproofing system will always function as it should.

To better ensure that your crawlspace remains dry all the time, it is highly recommended that you consider a battery backup pumping system. This will provide extra protection against the unexpected, such as power outages. Ask our Foundations Specialists about our battery backup pump systems.

Call or contact us online today for a free crawlspace repair inspection and price estimate.

You will receive a mailing from us before your appointment. Please look through it. It will help you understand more about any decisions you make in hiring a contractor to repair your crawlspace.

One of our Foundations Specialists will perform a thorough inspection and you’ll be asked some questions. This is to properly understand your home’s crawlspace problems and to properly develop a solution for your crawlspace’s moisture and water problems.

Crawlspace Sump Pump
Keeping it airtight! Our sump lid seals our crawlspace liner in, keeping the vapor barrier intact and preventing moisture and odors from rising out of the sump pit. We pipe the water out the side and run our discharge pipes neatly up the wall.

Controlling Moisture with a Crawlspace Dehumidifier

If your crawlspace has had moisture problems for an extended period of time, or if mold is found during a crawlspace inspection, your ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing specialist will recommend installing a crawlspace dehumidifier.

Our crawlspace dehumidifier is a heavy-duty commercial appliance that will dry out the moisture that has collected in your crawlspace’s wood framing (joists, subflooring, posts) and other porous materials, stopping further rot and mold growth. This type of dehumidifier is equipped with a humidistat that enables you to set a target level of dryness in the crawlspace air. Once this level is reached, the unit turns off automatically. Connecting the dehumidifier to the drainage system, or a condensation pump, eliminates the need to empty the appliance.

It’s not practical to run a crawlspace dehumidifier if the crawlspace hasn’t been properly sealed. If moisture is still leaking into the crawlspace—through the crawlspace foundation wall or floor surfaces—it will be difficult or impossible for a dehumidifier to keep the space dry.

The same is true if your crawlspace vents remain open—these vents allow moist outside air to enter the crawlspace. To effectively dry out a crawlspace and keep it that way, the crawlspace should be sealed (encapsulated) before running a crawlspace dehumidifier.

A crawlspace encapsulation will put a stop to the sources of moisture in your crawlspace, but any moisture remaining in your crawlspace’s wooden structures and other porous materials will still be there. Running a crawlspace dehumidifier is the best way to remove this moisture and keep the crawlspace dry enough to discourage mold growth and protect your crawlspace’s wooden structures.

Controlling Moisture with a Crawlspace Dehumidifier
Dry and conditioned! Our specially designed, air-filtering crawlspace dehumidifier, along with our encapsulation system, will make this a space that mold and critters will want to avoid!
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