Here are some commonly asked questions when dealing with water issues in your home:
How will I know if it’s working once I have you install the system?
Properly installing a Sealed Crawl involves strict scheduling guidelines, the involvement of other contractors, and the liner being intact. Upon completion of the building you may choose to verify the system is working properly. Contact your sales rep for more information on the Sealed Crawl Verification program.
What if a pipe breaks?
Our Sealed Crawl has a drain. If a pipe breaks then the water will run on top of the liner to our drain which is installed at the lowest point in the crawl. The crawl space can be up fitted with sensors to detect pipe breaks or other mass water failures.
Where can I find more information on Sealed Crawl research?
Contact one of our specialists to discuss the benefits of a Sealed Crawlspace and visit the Crawl Space link to our website.
How does water intrusion negatively affect my foundation?
Water intrusion allows for saturation of the grade around the structural foundation. This condition can cause lateral movement of the foundation footer, a potentially serious concern. Hydrostatic pressure can penetrate through mortar joints and cracks in foundation walls and/or can migrate up under the foundation base. Because there is incoming water it can tend to pool around the footings of the house. This type of problem needs to be remedied soon as it will cause premature settling of the home. This will affect all aspects of the home from floors, windows, doors, and to wall appearances.
What are some of the signs that I have a moisture problem?
- Standing Water
- Musty Smell Inside Basement Or Crawlspace
- Cupping Or Crowing Of Hardwood Floors
- Visible Mold Growth
- Cracks In Ceilings And Doorways
How does mold adversely affect air quality?
If indoor mold contamination is extensive, it can cause very high and persistent airborne spore exposures. Persons exposed to high spore levels can become sensitized and develop allergies to the mold or other health problems. In time, unchecked mold growth can cause serious damage to the structural elements in your home.
I am going to sell my home, should I have it inspected by a waterproofing expert before listing it?
By contacting our team of experts, we can analyze your current conditions. If needed, we can provide solutions in order to head off any potential concerns that home inspectors may have.
Sealed Crawl vs Vented Crawl in SE climate?
Many homes built on crawl space foundations in the Southeastern United States suffer from poor moisture management. Often, heating & air conditioning contractors, as well as pest control companies, are the first people to alert residents to contact a moisture control professional . Typically though, the problem is not due to a failure of the air conditioning system; it results from poor moisture control in the crawl space.
For many decades, building codes and conventional wisdom have prescribed ventilation with outside air as the primary method of moisture control in crawl spaces. In the humid Southeast, however, ventilation with outside air only makes moisture problems worse. Recent research indicates that by sealing off all outside air that enters the crawl space, and regulating the humidity underneath, can provide greatly improved moisture control and significant energy savings when properly installed.