Crawl Space Repair Case Studies: Crawlspace Encapsulation in Mattoon, IL
Roy B. of Mattoon, Illinois, wanted to prepare his crawlspace for the winter months. Roy called Woods Basement Systems, where he spoke to Inside Sales Specialist Kim West about finding a solution to his concern. Roy needed a solution that would help control the air flow and moisture levels in his crawlspace. Systems Design Specialist Nolan Martz came out to Roy's home to review the information, and gather the dimensions of his crawlspace for any installation, as well as identify any additional concerns.
The best solution for Roy was to install a complete crawlspace encapsulation system, complete with the CleanSpace® vapor barrier, a drainage matting, and coverings for the crawlspace vents.
Foreman Josh Bailey and his team came out to perform the installations. The process began with the closing of the crawlspace vent-holes with vent covers, to restrict air flow. A drainage matting was laid over the dirt floor. The drainage matting has dimples in the bottom of it to encourage the air flow underneath the floor, so moisture can be properly drained away.
The CleanSpace® vapor barrier was added to the crawlspace, where the team formed the barrier around obstacles, fastening the barrier to the walls and obstacles, restricting air flow behind the barrier and ensuring the barrier would not fall off the walls and remain attached to every surface.
Inside Sales Specialist: Kim West
Systems Design Specialist: Nolan Martz
Primary Foreman: Joshua Bailey
The original barrier covered almost the entire crawlspace, but as seen, moisture could still collect around the perimeter.
The crawlspace was also a sort of "dumping ground" for this pipe from the outside. It muddied the area around the opening, and if you think the ground underneath the barrier was also muddied as a result, you would be correct.
The crawlspace had numerous vent-holes, including this one, which had no vent or window in place. Instead of air or water coming through smaller openings, they could come straight through this vent-hole, no obstructions, no to mention small animals could find their way into the crawlspace and trap themselves.
All of the products have been installed, including the CleanSpace® vapor barrier, seen here. This barrier not only covered the floor, but the walls as well. It was mechanically fastened to ensure the barrier would remain attached.
The CleanSpace® vapor barrier was also attached around and to obstacles in the crawlspace, to restrict as much air flow as possible. Here, the vapor barrier was installed around the support posts, and seamlessly attached to the floor around it, restricting the air flow around those posts.