Basement Systems of West Virginia Case Studies: Encapsulating A Crawl Space in Snowshoe, West VIrginia

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Kate Maxwell


Basement Systems of West Virginia received a call for a condominium complex in Snowshoe, West Virginia. The building was experiencing a lot of water entering through the foundation. The water causes the wood to lose its integrity, causing the wood to rot and fall apart. Also, a dirt crawl space under any building is a bad idea because the earth has so much humidity in the soil. Insects and critters of all kinds love damp environments and wet materials. The natural airflow of the building is from bottom to top, so this sucks the moist air and everything in it up into the living areas of the building. The water was causing problems that could not be ignored. When Basement Systems of West Virginia performed their free inspection and estimate, they determined that the crawl space needed CleanSpace.


The crews started clearing out the crawl space of debris, so that they could begin to encapsulate the crawl space.  The crews began to install the CleanSpace system with insulation, drainage matting and a liner. The CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System completely isolates the building from the earth. This dramatically reduces the humidity levels in the air which, when combined with sealing the outside air and dehumidification, will eliminate rot from the crawl space and make the living areas in the condominium more healthy.

The CleanSpace liner is carefully cut and installed. Small holes are drilled into the top of the crawl space walls, and nylon fasteners are installed to permanently secure the CleanSpace liner to the walls. The top edge of the CleanSpace liner is sealed to the walls with polyurethane sealant. All seams are sealed with special 4’’-wide sealing tape and sealant made exclusively for CleanSpace liners. Since the CleanSpace is sealed over the floors and walls, the condominium is completely isolated from the earth. The result is an attractive, bright, tough, impervious liner and a healthy environment above. The owners are thrilled with the finished product of the crawl space. The owners no longer have to fear water coming into the foundation.


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