Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 by Brad Wazlavek
If you read this blog often, you will no doubt notice that I refer to what DryZone does as a “system.” This is because most problems that we encounter will require several steps to fix. It would be like saying you can fix your car’s engine by just changing the air filter or replacing spark plugs. In this blog, we will focus on a wet and dirty crawlspace. This overall idea of a unique "system" applies also to a leaky basement or broken foundation repair project as well.
So let’s say that you are fed up with the nasty smells coming from your crawlspace and decide to get it fixed. You call up DryZone and tell us all about the smells and the humidity and anything else that is bothering you. Our inspector will come out and take a look as part of your free inspection. The inspector will take lots of pictures for you and then walk you through everything he noticed and observed. Sometimes there are puddles of water in the crawlspace, sometimes the humidity is really high, sometimes its both. The idea of a whole complete system comes into play during the design stage. Our inspector will show you how to fix the water problems and/or the high humidity. After all, laying down a nice heavy liner and drying the air with a dehumidifier will do nothing to solve the standing water problems. This is one of the major reasons that we like to involve each homeowner in the process.
It's important for you to know what is going on under your home and exactly what we will do to fix it. We never use the “cookie cutter” method of designing systems. Our inspectors are trained to cater each system to the conditions in your home. If you have a water problem, we will suggest sump pumps and drainage pipes to remove the standing water. If the high humidity is your only concern, then we will focus on the CleanSpace crawlspace liner and SaniDry line of air machines and dehumidifiers.
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make as a homeowner is to assume that your neighbor’s house is the same as yours. At DryZone, we have seen houses that are now more than 20-30 feet apart where one house only has high humidity and the other is like a swamp. As an industry leader serving the Delmarva peninsula, our system design specialists and inspectors keep the individual needs of our homeowners at the top of our priority list, customizing an installation and design for each specific home.
In addition to crawl space encapsulation and humidity control, we also offer superior systems for basement waterproofing and foundation repair to help fix bowing, buckling basement walls and repair cracked floors and basement walls. We also use piering systems to level homes where a foundation has settled or shifted. We look forward to hearing from you.