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Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, SuperSump, and CleanSpace

Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, SuperSump, and CleanSpace

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Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, SuperSump, and CleanSpace Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, SuperSump, and CleanSpace

This homeowner had concerns about water entering their basement, especially during the heavy rainfall the Virginia Peninsula and Richmond have been seeing. The solution was to install a complete basement waterproofing system. CleanSpace was installed covering the below-grade portion of the basement walls to direct any water infiltration into the drainage system. The WaterGuard Drainage System was installed to collect any water entering the basement that was directed downward by the CleanSpace and direct it toward the SuperSump System. The SuperSump System is a 1/3 hp sump pump, that pumps water out of the basement and away from the home. In these photos, you can see the bottom of the stairs in the basement. The before photo shows staining on the walls and a collection of silt and sediment where the floor meets the wall. these are clear signs that water is entering the basement. Since the basement is used for storage and laundry this poses a threat to the homeowner's valuables and washer and dryer. In the after photo, you can see the dark line of cement around the perimeter of the basement where the WaterGuard system has been installed and the bright white walls that are lined with CleanSpace. 

Spray Foam & Vapor Barrier - Richmond Crawl Space Encapsulation

Spray Foam & Vapor Barrier - Richmond Crawl Space Encapsulation

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Spray Foam & Vapor Barrier - Richmond Crawl Space Encapsulation Spray Foam & Vapor Barrier - Richmond Crawl Space Encapsulation

A 20 mil vapor barrier is laid, seams are taped, and it is adhered to the crawl space walls, replacing the old and torn 6 mil vapor barrier. Spray foam insulation is installed on the crawl space walls and the sill plate, rim and band, and vents are sealed. 

Friction Fit Door - Richmond Crawl Space Encapsulation

Friction Fit Door - Richmond Crawl Space Encapsulation

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An interior, insulated, friction fit door is installed behind the existing crawl space door. 

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This is the first time since 1960 (when the house was built) that I don't dread going into the basement and now know that that very large space is...
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Crew worked very hard to get a large job done in a week. I am happy with work and clean up.
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Eric and Caleb were professional and wonderful.
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Expert Spray Foam, Attic & Home Insulation Services in Richmond, VA

The Drying Co./ThermalTec is an authorized dealer of the nationally renowned Dr. Energy Saver network. The Dr. Energy Saver network is comprised of the best energy-conservation contractors across the country. We are not just another contractor company, we specialize in improving your home's current energy efficiency issues. You'll receive the maximum energy and cost-saving results with the least amount of hassle.

Spray foam insulation is the best home insulation product available today. It is superior to every other home insulation alternative for several reasons. 1) Spray foam insulation will never shift or peel away from the surface it's sprayed on due to its adhesive properties. 2) Spray foam insulation is waterproof, moisture, and mold proof. 3) Spray foam insulation can be applied to any surface and when it is sprayed it creates an airtight seal, so it also provides air sealing abilities to prevent leaks and to keep your home comfortable regardless of the temperature outside. 4) Lastly, Spray foam insulation provides higher levels of insulation compared to other products such as outdated fiberglass insulation. That means less spray foam provides greater insulation value than other insulation methods. Contact us today to learn more about our spray foam services and spray foam cost in your area!

Attic insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the comfort of your home and also to lower your energy bills. Attic insulation works in two major ways by creating a heat barrier at the top of your home. The first way it benefits your home is in the colder months when you are heating your home. We all know that hot air rises so if you don't have enough attic insulation the hot air you are using to heat your home can escape through your attic. This will cause your energy bills to increase and your home to be uncomfortable. The second way attic insulation can help is in the warm months when the hot afternoon sun is beating down on the roof of your home. Additional attic insulation will act as a barrier and will stop the hot sun from heating your home when you want to stay cool and comfortable. Proper attic insulation will keep you and your family comfortable year round and will save you money. Call or click today to learn more about attic insulation cost or to schedule your FREE estimate!

Richmond, VA Basement Waterproofing

Water in the basement can be a serious issue for your home, but it is not unsolvable. Here at The Drying Co./ThermalTec we have the basement waterproofing solutions you need to create a healthy and dry basement environment. No longer will you need to worry about the rest of your home's value being decreased by a wet basement.

We'll start by carefully inspecting your basement to determine the cause of your water problems, often a combination of The Clay Bowl Effect and Hydrostatic Pressure. We can then install a solution customized to your needs that can keep your basement dry for good. Our basement waterproofing solutions include:

  • Waterproof Flooring & Wall Coverings
  • French drain systems
  • Sump Pumps
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Crack Repair
  • Replacement Windows
  • And more!

Crawl Space Repair Pros

Many homeowners choose to ignore their crawl spaces since they are tucked away beneath the home. While this might seem harmless, it can lead to serious issues. Much of the air in your home will pass through your crawl space at some point, and during this time it will pick up mold spores, pollen, and other contaminants that thrive in the cold, moist, and dirty environment of a vented crawl space.

A vented crawl space can also lead to other problems like costly drafts that lead to cold floors up above. This problem is exacerbated by the use of fiberglass insulation which becomes soggy and ineffective in the damp environment. This can greatly lower the energy efficiency of your whole home.

At The Drying Co./ThermalTec we can transform your crawl space from a detriment into an asset. We offer a wide range of solutions including:

  • Crawl Space Insulation
  • Crawl Space Encapsulation
  • Crawl Space Support Jacks
  • Crawl Space Dehumidifiers
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Contact us today to schedule your free estimate for any of our services in Richmond, VA!

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Encapsulating A Crawl Space in Richmond, VA

This homeowner in Richmond, Virginia called us at The Drying Co./ThermalTec to discuss fixing the moisture problems within their crawl space. We sent out one of our trusted and professional home performance advisors to evaluate the issues and write up a solution.

 

Upon inspection, our advisor noticed that there mold and mildew was forming on many of the wooden floor joists within the crawl space. Mold and mildew will grow on any organic material so long as the temperature is around or above 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of at least 60%. It will keep growing until the crawl space is cut off from the outside and the environment is controlled. Otherwise, musty odors and mold spores will continue to rise into the floors above and irritate those with allergies and asthma. We proposed a simple solution to the homeowner and begun the service. We used Shockwave antimicrobial to kill mold at its source. Shockwave is often used for mold spores and mildew, but it does not remove any staining left behind.

 

Another issue that the advisor noticed as he entered the crawl space, was that the dirt floor was covered in debris and fallen chunks of fiberglass insulation from the floor joists. The problem with having an unsealed dirt crawl space is that the earth’s moisture is free to rise into the area and raise the relative humidity, leading to mold and mildew growth, damaged insulation, and even wood rot. Small creatures and other critters also love this environment, especially termites. We first removed all debris and trash from the floor, that way we could have a clearer picture of what we were to face. Then we and installed a heavy-duty 20-mil CleanSpace vapor barrier to seal the floor. This liner is specially made for crawl spaces and basements and it is tear-resistant, giving it more protection from service people crawling on top of it over and over. CleanSpace is made with UltraFresh built into the material, which provides additional protection from mold growth on the liner itself. Our installers wrapped and sealed the vapor barrier around all piers and mechanically fastened it six to eight inches above outside grade on the foundation walls to help ensure there is protection from the earth’s moisture. The bright white of the vapor barrier gives a clean aesthetic to the crawl space, brightening it for better visibility of plumbing leaks, and its durability allows the homeowner to use the space for storage.

 

We then focused our attention on the foundation walls and open vents lining them. The open vents are allowing copious amounts of outside air and moisture to freely enter the crawl space, allowing it to affect the air quality and relative humidity. They also allow small critters to enter and make a home within the dark and damp environment. The foundation walls have signs of efflorescence, which means that water forced its way through the porous cinderblocks and pulled all the salts and sediments to the surface. All these entry points for outside influence would need to be covered, as the cool, dry air during the winters would cause your floors to be cold and make the heating system run more. During the warmer, wetter seasons, the relative humidity would reach its maximum and cause condensation, leaving the environment wet and ideal for mold and mildew growth. Our first move was covering the interior of the open vents with precisely cut foamboard pieces, which are then placed over the vents and sealed with can foam. Then we covered the entire foundation wall, including the vents, with a 1 ½ thick closed cell spray foam. This acts as an air barrier and vapor retarder, giving the crawl space better protection, and giving the homeowner more control of the crawl space environment.

 

The last thing we add to the crawl space is a SaniDry Sedona, a high-end dehumidifier specifically created to control the environment in a crawl space. This dehumidifier can keep the relative humidity below 60%, the point at which mold growth can be, while circulating dry air around the crawl space. With the crawl space sealed and insulated from the outside, and the dehumidifier controlling the amount of moisture in the area, mold and mildew will not be able to thrive, and many of the common moisture issues will cease.

 

The homeowner will now experience a healthier and more comfortable home environment. The home is more energy-efficient, lowering their energy bills. There are no longer cold floors during the winter season or musty odors from mold and mildew growth during the warmer seasons. If you are experiencing any of the same issues commonly found in crawl spaces, then please contact us for a free estimate, and we will help you keep the outside, outside!

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This Richmond Home won't have a wet basement again.

This Richmond, VA basement had an issue with water entering through the basement walls and chose to install a complete basement waterproofing system. A complete Basement Waterproofing System includes a CleanSpace vapor barrier on the walls, The WaterGuard Drainage System, and a Sump Pump. The three work together to direct any water and vapor infiltration into the sump pump and out of the basement, away from the home’s foundation. A sump pump has the primary job of moving water directed to it from the WaterGuard system out and away from the home. The TripleSafe® Sump Pump is a great option for basement waterproofing due to its unique three pump system.

The TripleSafe® is an ideal option, especially for homeowners who want to make sure that they are protected against any amount of water infiltration, or for spaces that flood easily. The TripleSafe® is the most reliable sump pump system for keeping your basement dry. The TripleSafe® contains three pumps, the first pump, a 1/3 HP Zoeller Pump is the primary pump and does the majority of the pumping. The second pump, a ½ HP Zoeller, is a larger sump pump and takes over if pump one fails for any reason, or if pump one cannot keep up with a heavy flow of water. Together, pumps one and two can remove up to 6,200 gallons of water per hour from your basement. In the instance that the power or a circuit fails, the battery back-up takes over called the “UltraSump ® Battery Back-up Pumping System” This system automatically charges when the first two pumps are running and on a full charge can operate for 6 hours via battery power to remove water. In addition, the Triple Safe features a WaterWatch® Alarm that goes off in the instance that water rises above the operating range of both sump pumps. This alarm tells you there is a problem before damage occurs. With the TripleSafe® Sump Pump in their basement, these Richmond, VA homeowners have the peace of mind that their basement is protected from heavy rainfalls and flooding. 

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Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, CleanSpace, and TripleSafe

A homeowner in the Fulton Hill area of Richmond, VA contacted us with concerns about water coming into their basement. This homeowner wanted to make sure that any water that was entering their basement was evacuated. They wanted “peace of mind” that their basement wouldn’t flood during a storm and to eliminate the musty odor that came from the incoming water.

Our Home Performance Advisor did a thorough inspection of the basement and proposed a complete waterproofing system. WaterGuard Drainage was installed around the perimeter of the basement. This system will catch any water and feed it to the Sump Pump. A Trench Drain was installed as part of the WaterGuard system that catches any water that might enter through the exterior access to the basement. A CleanSpace Vapor Barrier was installed to line the walls, this helps direct any moisture or water that might come through the walls down into the WaterGuard System. A TripleSafe Sump Pump was installed to pump any water out of the basement and away from the home’s foundation. With a complete Basement Waterproofing System, this homeowner now has peace of mind that their basement is ready for whatever storm or rainfall comes its way. 

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Work Requests From Richmond, VA
Vicinity of in Richmond
The tempature in my house. The downstairs is very cold in the winter. I can feel air coming in from places. The upstairs is hot in the summer.
Vicinity of Barton Avenue in Richmond
I recently moved into a 100-year- old newly-renovated house. I want to make sure we have the right insulation (and enough) in the attic, and the crawl space has none.
Vicinity of Barton Avenue in Richmond
1929 house with no insulation in roof of attic, looking for spray foam. Thanks!
Vicinity of in Richmond
My crawl space needs to be encapsulated. I can feel cold air coming up through my first floor, insulation probably needs to be replaced and cracks sealed. Thank you, Emely
Vicinity of Cutshaw Ave in Richmond
I had a radon test that was showing radon levels that were above the recommend levels for a crawl space and finished basement. 1/2 the house is dirt crawl space has contractor grade plastic (not air tight) and other 1/2 is slab basement finished with foundation drain and sump pump. Basement 5.9 pCi/L Bedroom above crawl space 3.7 pCi/L
Vicinity of Parkwood Avenue in Richmond
Heat Loss. Energy efficiency. Encapsulating the crawl space, windows, attic space (interior and exterior) as well as doors.
Vicinity of Wythe Ave in Richmond
Cold rooms in addition.
Vicinity of Orams Lane in Richmond
Attic currently has no insulation.
Vicinity of Emporia Street in Richmond
Split foyer house. When we get heavy rain, lower level floods
Vicinity of Hampstead Ave in Richmond
My crawl space attracts bugs and is not insulated. I would like to encapsulate it and add insulation.
Vicinity of Elm Road in Richmond
Want to waterproof and insulate my basement (and attic).
Vicinity of Cutshaw Ave in Richmond
We moved into our house in December of 2019 and noticed there were issues with insulation in the attic. Our house is a tri level (really a quad level), built in 1961. I spent a few weekends pulling out attic flooring and discovered no insulation and no air sealing of holes/seams. I sealed up as many lights and holes as possible with spray foam, and planned on putting in insulation, but I dont have time with work. I would guess our current average attic Rvalue is around R15.
Vicinity of Montclair Rd in Richmond
My crawl space done
Vicinity of Edgehill Rd in Richmond
Crawlspace Insulation
Vicinity of Cutshaw Ave in Richmond
Interested in insulation for crawlspace
Vicinity of Meadowbridge Rd in Richmond
I have an insulation problem in my attic. The insulation was held up with cardboard in one spot when I bought the place, and some of the cardboard recently gave out. There is loose fill all over the place. My home is pretty cold, and I'm not sure if that's the only reason why, so I'm interested in a home energy audit.
Vicinity of West Cary Street in Richmond
Moisture issues multi-family property City of Richmond.
Vicinity of Dubois Ave in Richmond
There is moisture in my crawl space. There are times I've been in there, and there has been standing water on the ground, with water dripping off of the floorboards above. I would like to stop water from getting in and prevent it from returning.
Vicinity of West Grace Street in Richmond
Have a sagging floor and need old furnace return hole patched up. Would like an estimate asap. Thank you!
Vicinity of Rothbury Dr in Richmond
Looking for an estimate on crawl space insulation.
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