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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 condition for mold and wood rot. To compound this problem, because air moves from the bottom of your house to the top, all the nasty odors, moisture, gasses, and mold spores in your crawlspace drift up into your living space.

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

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Trusted by hundreds of thousands of happy homeowners.

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58 Foundations

5-star service

64 years experience

Quality Products and Honest Methods Since 1958

Quality Products and Honest Methods Since 1958

Trusted by hundreds of thousands of happy homeowners.

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Money-Back Guarantee

Your money is never at risk! Ask a Foundation Specialist for details.

We Stand Behind Our Work - Vedran wants a shield

We Stand Behind Our Work

Life-of-the-structure, transferable warranties.

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“Same as cash” financing to long-term payment options, we have a solution that will work for you.

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Crawlspace Encapsulation Solutions

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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

Crawlspace Encapsulation Is Sometimes Referred To As “Crawlspace Repair” Or...

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

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 using proven waterproofing methods. 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 water is coming into the crawlspace. A specialized crawlspace repair contractor, such as we are at ’58 Foundations, will be able to determine these details during a crawlspace inspection. The most common waterproofing strategy involves a few key elements.

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 the crawlspace foundation walls are leaking into the crawlspace, it’s also necessary to cover the walls with a heavy-duty plastic membrane. This membrane, that will also act as a moisture barrier, will capture wall leakage and direct it into the drainage system, preventing water from collecting on the crawlspace floor.

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

Indoor swamp. Standing water in a crawlspace leads to mold, wood rot, and unhealthy living conditions.
Clean and bright! The white 20-mil vapor barrier is part of '58 Foundations' crawlspace encapsulation system. This will make the whole house healthier and more energy efficient.

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. And the word “sealing” describes the process used to seal out moisture and outside air, so that the crawlspace environment isn’t affected by exterior conditions.

An experienced crawlspace encapsulation contractor should inspect your crawlspace for free, and provide you with a free estimate to complete the encapsulation process. At ’58 Foundations, 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 will suggest correcting such problems, usually be installing new posts or crawlspace jacks.

’58 Foundations 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 up behind the vapor barrier and into the crawlspace. We will also wrap concrete or block columns and seal obvious air gaps to the outside with foam insulation.

This system is largely hidden in your basement.

The drain lines are installed flush with your basement floor, right where the floor meets your basement 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 outside.

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 basement moisture.

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

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 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 make as air-tight a connection as possible. Our crawlspace sump pump systems discharge water out the side of the basin and up a pipe at the wall to keep a nice clean finish.

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

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 confidence that your crawlspace waterproofing system will always function as it should.

Lastly, if keeping your crawlspace dry all the time is important to you, then a battery backup pumping system should be important to you as well. Ask our foundation specialist 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 basement.

Other than that, it’s a pretty simple. You’ll be asked some questions while our foundation specialist does the inspection. This is to properly understand your home’s issue and to prepare a plan to solve your basement water problem.

Tight fit. Our sump lid seals our crawlspace liner in, keeping the vapor barrier intact and not allowing moisture and odors to rise up out of the sump pit. We pipe the water out the side and run our discharge pipes neatly up the wall.
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!

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’ 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 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.

When a crawlspace is encapsulated, the moisture sources mentioned above are eliminated, but the moisture remains in the wood and in other porous materials. Running a crawlspace dehumidifier is the best way to remove this moisture and keep the crawlspace dry enough to discourage mold growth.

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 wall or floor surfaces – it will be difficult or impossible for a dehumidifier to keep the space dry. 

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