Crawl Space Moisture Control

Crawl Space Encapsulation Company Serving Richmond, Williamsburg, Henrico & Nearby

Achieve a Healthier, More Sanitary Living Environment with Crawl Space Moisture Control

Why is this a problem?

  • Mold and mildew growth: A damp environment is very unhealthy and destructive. Mold thrives and reproduces by producing airborne spores by the millions, some of which are toxic.
  • High humidity: High humidity is absorbed into the wood structure and moves upward into the hardwood floors which causes the floors to "cup". Cupping is when the hardwood floor absorbs so much moisture the wood swells and pushes upward at its edges.
  • Structural damage: Rot and decay occur in damp environments causing structural damage.
  • Higher energy costs: Heating and cooling costs are higher in a home with a vented dirt crawl space.
  • Insects and critters: Insects and critters of all kinds love damp environments and wet materials.

Recent Testimonials

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“Crew was professional, friendly, and explained things well.”

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Nidia B. of King George, VA

“Matt was confident and knew what he was doing!”

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Justin of Ruther Glenn, VA

“The experience was good all the way around.”

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John K. of Montpelier, VA

“I was very impressed with the professionalism of all members of the team, their experience level, and their work ethic.”

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Anita P. of Aylett, VA

“All of the crews did a great job.”

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Lane G. of Mechanicsville, VA

“They did a great job. Very friendly and courteous.”

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Kathy E. of Mechanicsville, VA

“I just want to let you and your team know how much I appreciate your diligence in helping me find out the source of my crawlspace "mystery leak".”

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Terry F. of Henrico, VA

“Very professional and very polite. Would recommend.”

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Pam B. of Henrico, VA

“I am incredibly happy with the work Bassam, Mohammed and Mohammed Saeed did on our job. These guys worked so hard and did an amazing job with a very difficult...”

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Kathy T. of Richmond, VA

What's the solution?

CleanSpace® Authorized Dealer

The way to protect a home with a crawl space is to seal the crawl space with an encapsulation system. An Encapsulation Crawl Space System completely isolates your home from the earth and dramatically reduces the humidity level. In most cases, this has the effect of eliminating mold growth, rot, and critters from your crawl space, and making the whole house healthier.

Our encapsulation crawl space system installation is a 6 step process:

  1. Our trained installers will remove wood and organic materials from your crawl space floor. Rocks and uneven surfaces are leveled, depending on the crawl space conditions.
  2. The crawl space liner is carefully cut and installed. The workers will usually be working in their socks once the floor piece is laid out to keep the liner clean. That's how clean your crawl space will be!
  3. Small holes are drilled into the top of your crawl space walls and nylon fasteners are installed to permanently secure the liner to the walls.
  4. The top edge of the liner is sealed to the walls with a polyurethane sealant. All seams are sealed with special 4'' wide sealing tape and/or sealant made for the liner. It is also sealed around other objects such as pipes, columns, and piers with any combination of sealants or concrete.
  5. The liner is completely sealed over the floor and walls to fully isolate your home environment from the earth. The liner is a heavy 20 mil thick material similar to a pool liner. It is manufactured in 7 layers - a blend of high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and two layers of polyester cord reinforcement. The bright white finished side really brightens a crawl space and allows you to easily see that your crawl space is free of mold, insects, and dirt.
  6. Finally, the vents will be closed up to save you money on your energy bills.

Before and After
  • Mold Remediation in Mineral, VA Crawl Space
    Mold Remediation in Mineral, VA Crawl Space

    Before encapsulating this crawl space, we treated the joists with an antimicrobial called Shockwave. This product is a hospital-grade antimicrobial designed to kill the mold and mildew growth. 

  • Crawl Space Insulation & Vapor Barrier in Louisa, VA
    Crawl Space Insulation & Vapor Barrier in Louisa, VA

    Moisture and high humidity in this crawl space resulted in mold and mildew growth and damage to the insulation. The homeowner wanted to encapsulate the space, so our team set to work cleaning out the crawl space, air sealing vents, the rim band, sill plate, and any other openings through the foundation wall to the outside. They treated the microbial growth with an antimicrobial, installed a new CleanSpace Vapor Barrier, applied Foam Board insulation to the foundation walls, and installed a dehumidifier to regulate the relative humidity. 

  • Dehumidifying a Louisa, VA Crawl Space
    Dehumidifying a Louisa, VA Crawl Space

    After sealing and insulating this crawl space, we need to make sure we control the relative humidity. This is achieved by installing a dehumidifier with a hygrometer. The dehumidifier will be set to cut to on when the humidity reaches about 55% our goal is to prevent it from getting high enough that microbial growth can occur in the crawl space. We don't want the space to be too dry either because that can be damaging to the home's structure as well. A hygrometer is provided to the homeowner that allows them to monitor the temperature and relative humidity in the crawl space from inside their home. 

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation in Bruington, VA
    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Bruington, VA

    This Bruington, VA client contacted us about repairing moisture damage in their crawl space. Moisture had caused mold and mildew growth, was absorbed in the insulation which held it against the floor joists, the material began to delaminate and fall away from the floor. 

    All debris and insulation was removed from the crawl space, microbial growth was treated, the vents, sill plate, & rim band were sealed, the foundation walls were insulated with closed cell spray foam insulation and a dehumidifier was installed to control the relative humidity. The homeowners no longer need to worry about moisture damage in their crawl space and have the added benefit of warmer floors in the winter and reduced drafts in the home. 

  • CleanSpace Vapor Barrier in a Henrico, VA Crawl Space
    CleanSpace Vapor Barrier in a Henrico, VA Crawl Space

    The original liner installed in this Henrico crawl space was a flimsy 6-mil vapor barrier. There were gaps in the liner, exposing the crawl space to moisture rising from the earth. This moisture can increase the relative humidity, which can lead to mold or mildew growth, condensation, and higher energy bills. We replaced this old liner with our 10-mil CleanSpace Light vapor barrier, which gets wrapped around all piers and mechanically fastened and sealed six to eight inches above outside grade on the foundation walls. CleanSpace will help protect the crawl space from moisture rising from the earth and comes with an antimicrobial, called UltraFresh, built into the material to help mitigate mold growth on the liner, itself.

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By Diane H. from Mechanicsville, VA

The finished liner is tough enough for you to crawl on it and use your crawl space for storage. Servicemen can crawl on it without worrying about putting holes or tears in the liner. It completely stops moisture penetration. The result is an attractive, bright, tough, impervious liner and a healthy home above it.

The Drying Co./ThermalTec proudly services the areas of Midlothian, Williamsburg, Henrico, Richmond, Glen Allen, Mechanicsville, Chester and nearby.

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The Drying Co./ThermalTec
3005 John Deere Rd
Toano, VA 23168

The Drying Co./ThermalTec
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 637
Toano, VA 23168
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