Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Brad Wazlavek
What makes CleanSpace so great? I’d like to break down the features and benefits of the liner itself so that you can fully appreciate the product. I will try not to bore you with technical facts, but rather dazzle you with real world facts. This will take several days so stay tuned.
I’d like to start with my favorite aspect of the CleanSpace vapor barrier, the thickness. When I was still doing crawlspace inspections I saw many crawlspaces with cheap 6 mil liners. My knees would go right through it. CleanSpace is 20 mil thick (a mil is equal to 1/1000th of an inch) and sturdy. DryZone sends out samples of the liner with every pre-inspection packet so that you can get your hands on it and feel the quality for yourself. What is even more fascinating about the thickness of the liner is the layers that go into making it so thick.
CleanSpace is made up of seven different layers of plastic, three layers of high density for strength and three layers of low density for flexibility. The middle layer is called the molten layer which acts as a sort of glue to hold them all together. I remember when I first started at DryZone many years ago. We were in a meeting and one of the experienced inspectors was talking about the advantages of CleanSpace over a thinner liner. He picked up a sample of the 20 mil liner and a scrap of new 6 mil liner that he had purchased from a hardware store. He handed me the 20 mil and told me to try and put a hole in it or tear it. It was near impossible to destroy by hand. The 6 mil liner was not so hard to destroy, it tore almost immediately. He them picked up a razor knife, which is what the crews use to cut CleanSpace to the right size, and sliced the 20 mil sample. I tried this as well and was shocked that it took some effort to cut clean through it. Even with something as sharp as a razor took quite a bit of pressure to get through. At that moment I knew that this company used quality products and was out to help people fix their homes.
DryZone is happy to offer free crawlspace inspections all over Delmarva. Just this week we have inspectors in Dover, St. Michael's, Cambridge, Ocean View, Selbyville, and Ocean Pines.