Crawl Space Blogs and Articles

Do I need a Check Valve on My Sump Pump

By Michael Church | July 8, 2020

What is a check valve? Most people are familiar with the operation of a check valve. It allows water to pass in one direction only. Some may call it a back-flow preventer. Its job is to prevent water or solids from coming back into the sump pump. What Height to Install Check Valve Crawl Space…

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Vapor Barrier Underlayment

By Michael Church | July 1, 2020

Adding a vapor barrier underlayment to crawl space encapsulation, is it worth it? When do you need it and why should you consider installing it? Unconditioned crawl spaces are great places for mold, high humidity, damaged sub-floors, and standing water. Crawl space vapor barrier underlayment adds another layer of protection. This can make sure the…

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What is a Sump Pump Basin

By Michael Church | June 24, 2020

What is a sump pump basin? Is a basin necessary when installing a sump pump or waterproofing system? Why did my contractor tell me I don’t need one? These questions are asked by homeowners with wet crawl spaces and basements that want to address standing water. I have seen sump pumps without a basin and…

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How Do I Fix a Drainage Problem in My Yard

By Michael Church | June 17, 2020

Is standing water in your yard a big deal? Many homeowners are not that concerned about areas of the yard that stay wet all the time, until of course the basement, slab, or crawl space floods. Then they are asking, “How do I fix a drainage problem in my yard?” In some areas of the…

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Crawl Space Encapsulation Battery Back-Up

By Michael Church | June 13, 2020

I know that 99% of people that perform crawl space encapsulation with waterproofing do not install a battery back-up system. Just like proper crawl space insulation, it is overlooked and many times its importance is not explained to homeowners. Have you ever invested a lot of money on something but skimped on that one thing…

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Crawl Space Encapsulation Waterproofing

By Michael Church | June 10, 2020

If your crawl space is wet and flooding, installing a crawl space waterproofing system is essential. The focus being on the word “system.” Most crawl space encapsulation contractors are under the impression that waterproofing a crawl space is installing a french drain only or a sump pump and french drain. There is actually way more…

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Crawl Space Encapsulation French Drain

By Michael Church | June 6, 2020

Crawl space french drains are optional in many encapsulation projects. Do you need a waterproofing drain in your crawl space? What about a sump pump? These are the questions many homeowners ask when faced with the expense of dealing with standing water in the crawl space. Remember, a crawl space in need of waterproofing has…

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Crawl Space Encapsulation Sump Pump

By Michael Church | June 3, 2020

Crawl space encapsulation is difficult work and many don’t want to spend the time or money to install a sump pump. Homeowners that have dry crawl spaces are certainly not convinced a sump pump is necessary or even a dehumidifier. Do I need a Sump Pump in a Dry Crawl Space I am empathetic with…

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