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Crawlspace entries are about as unsightly as can be, especially on a lovely brick home. There's just no good way to disguise that piece of plywood or sheet metal tacked over the opening. In fact, many homes have access wells around the entry door and that draws even more attention to the space.
The Healthy Spaces team helped this Boonville, KY homeowner with their crawlspace entry by removing the rusting access well and installing a durable Turtl crawlspace entry door. Besides creating a feature that blends in with the earth tones of the home, the Turtl is also able to be locked securely from the outside. It's rugged plastic exterior won't fade, warp or crack either. Now, instead of dealing with a drafty and unsecured crawlspace, the homeowners have the latest in crawlspace entry security and aesthetic appeal!
Crawlspace access wells are ugly and deteriorated! They let in rain, groundwater, debris, critters, and all manner of disgusting stuff. The homeowners of this home were tired of the seasonal water intrusion and the resulting mold and mildrew problems inherent in a flooded crawlspace.
Here is the same crawlspace with a Turtl crawlspace access door installed. The Turtl crawlspace door is airtight and able to be secured. They are designed to make for a safer and easier access without sharp edges. They are durable and much more appealing aesthetically.
These Shepherdsville homeowners have stated that with the Turtl door combined with a CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system has created a crawlspace that is dry all the time, absent of critters, and cleaner and brighter than ever!
We have now determined that a vented crawlspace is a bad idea. Initially, it was assumed that the vents would act like car windows and one vent would allow in fresh outdoor air and the vent on the opposite wall would let the air out, but air pressure laws preclude this from happening. Air pressure in a home makes the vents perform more like a chimney. All vents suck in air and force it upward through the home. This is called the stack effect. The rising air brings with it all the mold, mildew, dust, and allergens and disburses it throughout the home before the air leaves out the highest level.
This stack effect reduces the energy efficiency of the home and can drastically decrease the lifespan of your HVAC system, while increasing your heating and cooling bills.
Cleanspace vent covers go over the old, inefficient vent covers and leaves a clean looking finish that will seal off the outside air completely.
This Vine Grove, KY crawlspace was experiencing numerous issues. From this access well, rainwater was entering the crawlspace and creating a mold problem. Pests and vermin were able to access the crawlspace, too, which added to the overall discomfort in the home. The homeowners were reporting several telltale signs of mold and fungal intrusion and exposure: low indoor air quality, an increased relative humidity in the home, frequent allergy attacks, and smells emanating from the HVAC system and crawlspace.
After installing a safer, more secure access well and Everlast crawlspace entry system, the homeowners were able to keep groundwater out. In addition, they elected to install a CleanSpace liner and SaniDry dehumidifier. "This complete system has completely revolutionized our home. It's easier to breathe and our furnace doesn't kick on as often!" said the homeowner.
Most homes in Bradenburg, KY are built over dirt crawlspaces. Due to the nature of the construction, it leaves those crawlspaces open to groundwater intrusion and flooding. The flooding and increased relative humidity results in mold and fungus growth, smelly crawlspaces, and unhealthy homes. The best way to combat all of this is to have the crawlspace treated for mold and fungus and a high quality vapor barrier installed. The best vapor barrier on the market is CleanSpace. It's composed of seven layers of plastics including a plastic mesh to prevent tearing, ripping, and deterioration. CleanSpace has been compared to swimming pool liners for it's ability to block leaks and keep water where you want it--out of your crawlspace.
In these pictures, you can see the exposed dirt floor has been leveled and CleanSpace has been installed along the walls and floor to keep groundwater out!
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