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Basement waterproofing & crawl space repair experts in Mathews, VA 

Do you have standing water in your basement? Your wet basement might seem like an insurmountable problem, but The Drying Co./ThermalTec can make this an issue of the past. The Drying Co./ThermalTec is an experienced basement waterproofing contractor and can identify the cause of your wet basement and use state of the art waterproofing technology to make your basement a dry and usable space again in Mathews, VA. Our basement waterproofing solutions include:

  • Perimeter Drainage Systems
  • Waterproof Wall & Floor Products
  • Doorway Drainage Systems
  • Wall & Floor Crack Repair
  • Water Heater Flood Protection
  • Sump Pumps
  • Frozen Discharge Line Prevention
  • Replacement Windows
  • And more!

We also offer basement insulation. Give us a call at 1-833-933-3111 or click below to schedule your free estimate in Mathews, VA!

Your trusted crawl space repair contractor

Many homeowners don't like talking about their crawl spaces. It's not hard to see why. Often crawl spaces are vented which makes them a haven for mold, debris, and pests. Unfortunately ignoring the problem won't make it any better. The air in your home will pass through your crawl space and bring these contaminants into your living quarters. Issues with your crawl space can also lead to uncomfortable drafts and sagging floors.

Whatever your issue, The Drying Co./ThermalTec is your trusted crawl space repair contractor in Mathews, VA. Our experts offer a wide range of crawl space repair services including:

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation
  • Crawl Space Dehumidifiers
  • Crawl Space Support Jacks
  • Crawl Space Insulation
  • And More!

The Drying Co./ThermalTec provides professional basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, and basement & crawl space insulation in Mathews, Virginia. If you have a wet or cold basement or crawl space, call The Drying Co./ThermalTec at 1-833-933-3111 today to schedule a free estimate! Our experts will offer proven products to suit your style and budget and keep your Mathews home dry and comfortable!

Reliable gutter installation in Mathews

Having gutters that don’t need to be cleared out every time it rains is every homeowner’s dream. At The Drying Co./ThermalTec, our experts will install the perfect gutters to help protect your home from water damage. The Gutter Shutter gutter system is designed with premium-grade aluminum so it won’t bend under heavy debris. Our patented gutters and gutter guards also prevent debris from clogging up your gutters and never detach from your property, so you have one less thing to worry about! Better protect your home from damage with the help of your local Gutter Shutter dealer in Mathews.

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Solving Bulk Ground Water in a Mathews, VA Crawl Space

This Mathews, VA homeowner contacted us because they were interested in getting their crawl space encapsulated. They had concerns about water and mold growth under the home. At our inspection, we found that there was standing water, staining on the block wall, an old and ineffective vapor barrier, and no insulation between the floor joists.

Open crawl space vents allow air carrying moisture to enter the crawl space and raises the relative humidity. However, we often find standing water in crawl spaces. This is often a result of groundwater or rainwater seeping in from outside. While bulk water is not always in a crawl space, we look for evidence of silt and sediment as well as staining on the walls. Bulk water is a major concern in the crawl space because it allows the space to stay damp and maintain high relative humidity, contributing to an ideal environment for microbial growth, pests, and critters.

The existing vapor barrier in this crawl space is the traditional 6mil ground cover installed at construction. This liner is laid on the ground and sometimes staked down, however it does not protect the crawl space against vapor because it does not seal the crawl space off from the earth’s moisture. At construction, fiberglass batt insulation is installed between floor joists. However, we found that this crawl space didn’t have any insulation between the joists, suggesting it had previously been removed from damage.

To help these homeowners address the concerns in their crawl space, we recommended taking the following steps.

First, we recommended removing the old 6 mil vapor barrier and any debris.

Then we would treat the mildew/mold growth on the floor joists with an antimicrobial to kill the mold.

We also suggested controlling the groundwater by installing an interior foundation drainage system with sump pump. The system would be installed along the perimeter of the crawl space and drain to a sump pump in the lowest corner of the space. The sump would then pump any water out of the crawl space, away from the home and to a spot designated by the homeowner on their property.

Next, we would install the CleanSpace Encapsulation System. CleanSpace is a heavy-duty, 20 mil liner sealed at all the seams, wrapped around and sealed to piers and sealed to the crawl space walls 6-8 inches above outside grade. Running the liner up the crawl space walls and sealing it allows us to ensure that any water seeping through the porous foundation walls will be directed underneath the liner. The rim and band, and sill plate are sealed with foam and all vents are blocked from the inside of the crawl space with foamboard and air sealed. This eliminates major air gaps and prevents air carrying moisture from entering the crawl space.

Then we recommend insulating the crawl space walls with either Closed Cell Spray Foam or Rigid Foam Board insulation, depending on the homeowner’s preference. Insulation is installed up the crawl space walls to 2 inches below the top of the block wall. This 2-inch gap allows for termite inspections per the Virginia Building Code. A friction fit door is installed behind the exterior crawl space door to insulate and air seal. Exterior crawl space doors are rarely airtight and are a large hole that allows air carrying moisture to flood in.

Finally, a SaniDry Sedona Dehumidification System is recommended to control the relative humidity in the crawl space and deter mold growth. High relative humidity in the crawl space doesn’t just result in microbial growth, it can also warp wood floors, contribute to poor indoor air quality and musty odors in your home. We install a Hygrometer with every dehumidifier so that homeowners can monitor the relative humidity and temperature of their crawl space from inside their home.

If the homeowners choose to take the approach of controlling groundwater, sealing the crawl space, and controlling relative humidity, it will prevent them from having to worry about microbial growth under their home again. It also provides the added benefit of warmer floors in the winter, lower energy bills, improved comfort, and improved indoor air quality.

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