Kansas City Homeowner Updated Crawl Space with DryShield® System
The owner of this upscale colonial Kansas City home had an 800 ft. crawlspace adjacent to a state-of-the-art Home Theater in his remodeled basement. The cut limestone foundation allowed moisture to migrate into the crawl space area, causing musty odors the home owner wanted to eradicate. The homeowner asked Dry Basement® Foundation Repair to help solve his problem.
In order to repair the moisture problem, Dry Basement® Foundation Repair experts recommended the DryShield® system.
The workers graded the floor of the crawl space to direct and collect any free flowing water to a high performance sump pump system. The Dual Pump Pack® System mechanically removes free water from the crawl space, pumping it outside and away from the home. As added protection, in case of a power outage during a storm event, a high efficiency battery backup system was integrated into the sump pump system. The battery is a high efficiency gel cell unit, designed to deliver over 90 amp-hours during deep discharge and rapid recharge operation. This sump pump system is capable of removing over 7,000 gallons of water with a new, fully charged battery.
After the sump pump system was in place the Dry Basement® HouseHolder® System crew installed a DryShield® crawl space vapor barrier. The vapor barrier consists of a reinforced seven-layer HDPE 20 mil. thick liner which is placed on the bare dirt floor of the crawl space and wrapped up the perimeter foundation walls. This heavy membrane will reduce moisture migration into the crawl space through the earth or foundation walls. The strength of the membrane material prevents puncture during installation, or during future access by maintenance personnel, as well as providing protected dry storage space in the crawl space area.
Finally, the expert installation crew installed a high efficiency SantaFe® crawl space air filtration/dehumidifier unit to maintain clean, dry air circulation. The 100 pint per day unit was installed with the drain line ducted directly into the sump system, so accumulated water is automatically pumped away from the house.
Thanks to the DryShield® System installed by Dry Basement® HouseHolder® System, the homeowners can relax in their home theater knowing that they won't have to worry about musty odors coming from their crawl space.