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Crawl Space Encapsulation and Wall Anchors in Skidmore, MO

Kim and her son were having allergy issues and mold/humidity was a big concern. They noticed that they had sagging floors and the walls were bowing in which they believed might be some of the problem. Their house was built in the 1880s and they wanted to ensure that it is being taken care of. They were looking for better air quality and to repair their crawl space.

They decided to call us at Thrasher Foundation Repair and we were able to identify their issues and make a plan to resolve them. We encapsulated the crawl space with a product called CleanSpace. We added a Sedona Sani Dry dehumidifier to reduce humidity. We also added 5 GeoLock Anchors on the east wall to support the bowing walls. 

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Burlington, KS

Donna W. is a homeowner in Burlington, KS, and wanted her crawl space encapsulated to prevent moisture and mold from entering her home. Often, crawl spaces that aren’t properly sealed have a severe impact on the efficiency of the home and cause the air to become harmful. After reviewing our reputation and meeting with one of our System Design Specialists, Donna instantly knew we were the company to provide the best permanent solution.

Our crews arrived at the home in Burlington, KS, and fully encapsulated the crawl space using our CleanSpace waterproof barrier, installing drain tile around the perimeter, and burying all downspouts to ensure the space stays dry year-round. Donna couldn’t have been more pleased with her Thrasher experience and the efficiency of our crews. She was genuinely concerned about the safety of her home, and she now has restored peace of mind knowing her home is permanently safe.

Waterproofing an Older Home with a Brick Foundation in Omaha

Having a home that is 100 years old means that the homeowner must handle problems with unique solutions, especially repairing the foundation and waterproofing.

For Michael and his mother, this was the case for the foundation of their home in Omaha, Nebraska. The foundation was made of brick and had been DIY-repaired several times with concrete patches. Still, water continued to fill the basement during snow melts or when it rained.  

Over a year ago, Michael had several contractors give estimates to repair the foundation. While Thrasher Foundation Repair provided a proposal, another contractor was awarded the job. That contractor did some work to replace part of a wall but left Michael with a mess and a basement that still flooded when it rained. While Michael was fighting the previous contractor to get his money back, he decided to reach back out to Thrasher Foundation Repair to get another opinion.

A Permanent Solution for a Wet Basement and Damp Crawlspace

System Design Specialist Wyatt Simon visited the home and inspected the entire foundation to make recommendations. Michael’s desire was for a permanent solution that would allow for the basement to be used as a recreation space in the future. He and his mother also have allergies and were hoping to improve the air quality in the home as well. Wyatt was able to identify three primary issues. One, there were portions of the foundation wall that needed to be shored up. Two, the basement needed a waterproofing system to keep it dry. Three, the dirt crawlspace needed sealing to prevent humidity from continuing to cause air quality issues.

Wyatt proposed a structural repair to the failing portions of the brick foundation. 

Thrasher recommended a perimeter drainage system specially designed for old stone foundations to control the water.

Perimeter Drainage System Sump Pump InstallAfter- A TripleSafe Sump Pump System was installed in the corner, and the drainage system directs all water from under the floor to be pumped outside.  This system prevents the three most common sump pump failures: mechanical failure, power interruption, and pump capacity.

 Parts of the basement floor were broken up and replaced as part of installing that system. The system drains to a sump pump system, with Michael choosing to add a battery back-up pump to ensure the basement stays dry during power outages. Lastly, Wyatt suggested a liner to encapsulate the crawlspace and seal the dirt off from the rest of the house. The liner provided a barrier between the damp earth and the dry indoor air. We used the same CleanSpace product on the brick walls to prevent moisture from seeping through the brick.

Cleanspace Installed on walls next to drainage systemAfter- Once all the systems are installed, you can see the possibilities for next steps in refinishing the basement.

Michael had Wyatt out several times to make sure he understood the project and because he didn’t want any of the issues that he had with his previous contractor to be a problem again. It’s one of the reasons Thrasher is so devoted to redefining the contractor – customer experience. We see a world where the contractor does it right the first time, uses the highest quality materials, trains their employees to deliver the best customer experience, and offers a permanent solution that they stand behind. We believe the bar for an exceptional customer experience can be set so high that mediocrity in the contracting world is simply no longer accepted or tolerated.

Michael then moved forward with the project, and the Thrasher team was able to complete all the work in a few days. Michael and his mother gave rave reviews of the project and are grateful to have a 25-year warranty on all of the work performed. 

When you’re ready to move forward with a fix-it project in your home, we hope that you will give us the opportunity to have a free inspection. With more than 45 years fixing foundations, leveling concrete and waterproofing basements, we’ve seen it all. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or fill out the form, here.


Omaha Crawl Space Mold & Humidity Solutions

When it comes to the health and safety of both a home and it’s occupants, often the symptoms of a problem appear first. In this case, Amber, the homeowner, had previously added crawl-space humidity mitigation solutions. Unfortunately, they weren’t a match for what her home really needed.

Discovering crawl-space mold & humidity issues

Amber was no stranger to investing in her Omaha home to make it clean, safe and comfortable. She had recently completed a remodel of her home due to a house fire.

Soon after, she started having issues with mold, and so she added dehumidifiers in the crawl space and on the main level. She found that she was emptying the dehumidifiers three times a day to keep the moisture at bay. Her brand-new wood floors started having issues, and the flooring installer said it was due to the humidity in the home. He delivered the verdict that the flooring would continue to buckle if the homeowner did nothing.

Amber called Thrasher to preserve all that she had invested in her remodeled home.

Completing the crawl-space inspection

Thrasher System Design Specialist Shane McClintic met with Amber and did a complete inspection of her home to determine what was happening and how Thrasher could fix it. He found that a large amount of the excess moisture was coming up through the ground in the crawl space area. The homeowner had attempted moisture mitigation before, but the quality of the products used and the way they were installed wasn't enough to keep the humidity below an acceptable level in the home.

Understanding why humidity and moisture can cause hidden problems

Excess humidity and moisture may be the single leading cause of a poor internal environment in the home. Yes, it creates that "damp smell" and can lead to mold issues, including the highly toxic "black" mold, but it also invites dust mites. Like mold, dust mites are major contributors to asthma and allergy problems. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians(opens in a new window), the real problem with dust mites is their waste, which creates negative skin reactivity for 90% of patients.

Quality home dehumidifiers for your basement or crawl space are designed to ensure that the humidity level in your home stays below 60%, which significantly reduces the ability for allergens and mold to survive. Home dehumidifiers also filter the air circulating in your basement or crawl space to help remove any dust mites or other allergens that may sneak in through open windows, access openings or improperly sealed gaps in your foundation.

Determining the right crawl-space solution

To fix Amber's problem, the Thrasher team removed the ineffective plastic liner from the crawl space because it wasn't sealed and had developed multiple holes. We then properly encapsulated her crawl space with drainage matting and CleanSpace?. CleanSpace is a hefty 20-millimeter-thick liner — similar to a pool liner. It is manufactured in a seven-layer blend of high-density polyethylene for puncture resistance, low-density polyethylene for flexibility, and polyester cord reinforcement for brute tear resistance. This combination is why CleanSpace comes with a 25-year warranty against rips and tears. The white finish brightens the space and easily allows customers to see a mold, insect, and dirt-free area.

Next, we installed SilverGlo™ crawl space insulation, an expanded polystyrene insulation infused with graphite for ultimate wall protection, on the walls and in the rim joist to create a thermal boundary and regain control of the temperature from outside conditions.

We installed a SuperSump? sump pump system to pump out any groundwater that may get in and accumulate under the liner and contribute to the humidity challenge. The single pack comes with a Zoeller sump pump, which can pump 2,650 gallons/hour. The pump is more than enough to keep up with Amber's need to empty the dehumidifiers and discharge excess moisture outside the home.

Finally, we installed a SaniDry™ Sedona to dehumidify and purify the air. This unit self-drains to the sump pump, so Amber does not have to worry about constantly emptying her unit like she had to for the existing dehumidifier. The SaniDry Sedona has a whopping 100 pints per day capacity and will move over 300 cubic feet of dry air per minute around your basement or crawlspace. This high-performance fan, paired with a replaceable MERV 8 Filter, removes mold spores, dust mite droppings, dust, and other particulates with ease. It dries the contents of your home and building materials, making that damp feeling and funky basement smell go away. The SaniDry Sedona will keep relative humidity throughout the entire crawlspace under 50% (after the encapsulation and insulating,) which will protect Amber’s wood floors from swelling and buckling too.

Enjoying a properly sealed and maintained crawl space

Following Thrasher's completion of the project, Amber texted Shane a picture as soon as she could see her new crawl space. Her caption was "Taa-daa - I love it!!!". Additionally, she praised the crew, saying they were "very friendly to work with." Most importantly, she reported that the system was already making a difference in how her home smelled and felt.

Like Amber's project, crawl space repair is the perfect solution to help you save money on utility bills, avoid unnecessary repairs, and create a healthy living space in your home. With crawl space encapsulation, you will gain valuable space for storage and protect your home once we have sealed your crawl space with a durable vapor barrier. The crawl space encapsulation treatment separates and protects the crawl space interior from outdoor conditions, keeping the area clean and dry.

Are you ready to learn more?

Whether your crawl space is wet and moist, needs winterization, or has foundation repair issues, our team will conduct a complete in-home inspection, professional consultation, and free crawl space repair quote that details the perfect solution.

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Crawl Space Encapsulation in Sioux City, IA

Linda and Louie E. are homeowners in Sioux City, IA and have felt the negative effects of a poor crawl space for years. During the winter, cold air would seep into the basement and the floors above. In the summer, hot and humid air would leak into the basement making it an uncomfortable living space to be in. Linda and Louie knew if these problems continued any longer, it would lead to more severe damage such as mold and rot. In addition, the crawl space was affecting the energy efficiency of their home making it more costly throughout the year. Linda and Louie were impressed with our thorough inspection and detailed solution to the problem. They believed our product was the best permanent solution and chose Thrasher because of our professionalism and reputation.

 System Design Specialist Corey Little began the crawl space encapsulation by installing our SilverGlo insulation that reflects and traps heat within the space. It’s an effective radiant barrier that’s also resistant to mold to keep the home energy efficient. The team also applied rim joists to seal all gaps and prevent air from escaping upward. To complete the encapsulation, they covered the entire crawl space in our CleanSpace waterproof liner to control humidity and prevent warm or cold air from entering through pipes and vents.

 Linda and Louie were more than pleased with the efficiency of our team throughout the duration of the project and our dedication to the quality of the solution we provided. They were thrilled with the result and are liberated moving forward knowing this issue won’t occur again. 

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