Crawl spaces can stay wet for days, weeks, or months without homeowners realizing there’s even a water problem. It can lead to devastating deterioration of the house as well as anything stored in a dirty crawl space. Below are our best options for repairing your crawl space so that it is a clean, efficient, and useful space.
Crawl Space Repair Options
An important part of a perfect, waterproofed crawl space is a reliable sump pump system. A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of a crawlspace. Usually, they’re installed in specifically constructed sump pits. The pump keeps the area under the building dry and prevents flooding. Water flows into the sump pit through drains or natural water migration through the soil. The flow of water automatically triggers the pump to turn on and pump water out of the pit and away from the building to keep the crawlspace dry.
A Reliable Crawl Space
SmartSump Crawl Space Sump Pump Systems
SmartSump is equipped with a cast-iron Zoeller sump pump, a reliable liner, floor drain to collect water from plumbing leaks, a WaterWatch sump pump alarm, and an optional battery backup sump pump. This is as good as it gets when it comes to a guaranteed dry crawl space.
The SmartSump is designed to give you amazing efficiency as well as peace of mind knowing your home is always protected. This sump pump has a unique lid which connects snugly with a CleanSpace liner for a secure seal. Any water, even from a plumbing leak, that passes by will trigger the alarm. The alarm is to let you know there is a leak in your crawl space, so you can respond sooner; the excess water will drain down into the sump.
The CleanSpace Crawl Space Vapor Barrier is a durable 20-mil poly-reinforced, white crawl space liner that installs on the walls and floors to prevent water vapor and humidity from passing through. By keeping your crawl space dry, you protect your home’s structural integrity and the insulation from mold and rot.
With a 25-year warranty against rips and tears, this vapor barrier has a mold-resistant additive called “UltraFresh,” designed to eliminate mildew or mold growth on its surface. The barrier is typically fully installed within one day and you can begin to utilize your now usable crawl space.
Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation
- It is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home and prevent the need for future crawl space repairs.
- Protection from mold and rot.
- Inhospitable to termites, cockroaches, ants, crickets, as well as mice and rats — anything needing excess moisture to survive.
- Keep away odors and allergenic mold spores that would rise up through the floor due to the stack effect.
- Keep the summer heat out of your home and the winter cold away from your furnace, water heater, and other utilities.
Crawl Space Dehumidifier Systems
Eliminate damp, musty odors in your crawl space once and for all by drying and filtering the air! You want a dehumidifier that you can forget about once it’s installed. However, if that dehumidifier includes a water collection tray, it may reach full capacity and shut off automatically in as little as 12 hours. Nobody wants to go into their crawl space every day to empty the collection tray. Even in a clean, well-maintained space, it’s a chore that can easily be forgotten and most people want to pass on it if possible.
This dehumidifier eliminates damp, musty odors in your basement or crawlspace by drying and filtering the air! Mold and mildew are musty smelling fungi that thrive in most conditions. Dust mite fecal matter is the #1 indoor allergen. The SandiDry Sedona will keep your home below 55% Relative Humidity so mold won’t stand a chance and dust mites will die off. The world’s most efficient high-performance dehumidifier and filtration system available in a small size so it won’t take up much space in your home.
The SaniDry Sedona is a crawl space dehumidifier that’s strong enough for the job. Not only is it ENERGY STAR® rated, it’s the most efficient dehumidifier in the world without a large bulky heat exchange core at over 2.9 liters of water per kilowatt hour of electricity. This system has over a 100 pint per day capacity and will move over 300 cubic feet of dry air per minute around your basement or crawl space meaning you’ll save on electricity over the years while keeping your home dry and healthy!