Helpful Tips from Home Improvement Expert, Lou Manfredini
Your Crawl Space can be a lot better.
Sales are not always about the price. Customers will spend more if they see the value and believe in the company that they are doing business with. A month ago, Dustin Gebers from Frontier Basement Systems in Clarksville, TN shared a story that is worth repeating.
I went to a customer’s house the other day to follow up with him and his family, check on the job we completed, and to do a video testimonial. A year ago, we proposed a crawl space project to him for $9,643.83, which included Drainage Matting, Sanidry CX, CleanSpace and a SuperSump. The customer’s initial reaction was shock because the price was higher than other companies, but the value built into the system and our company’s reputation changed his mind and we moved forward with the project.
A village in DuPage County in Illinois, Lombard is a suburb of Chicago with a population of about 43,000. It is also known for its annual Lilac Festival where lilac themed events happen every May.
For many new homeowners, one of the most overlooked parts of their homes are the crawl spaces. Being underground and usually unused, crawl spaces aren’t filled with glamor. Thus, these underground spaces tend to be ignored.
Highland Park, a suburban municipality in Lake County, Illinois with a population of about 30,000, is known for many attractions including several landmark structures designed by prominent architects. Houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Howard Van Doren Shaw, and David Adler among others can be found in the municipality.
It doesn’t matter if your home was designed by a legendary architect, given the climate of the area, all homes have the same propensity to suffer from damp basements and wet crawl spaces.
Known for its beautiful residences and teardown culture, Hinsdale in Illinois is a village that is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. It has a population of about 16,900 and is listed in the top 1% of wealthiest towns in the state.
But under the beautiful homes and rolling wooded, topography lies a secret that not even many homeowners know about – damp crawl spaces. Crawl spaces are a regular fixture in many homes, and if not crawl spaces then basements. But when the weather becomes wet, or sewer pipes back up, these underground spaces tend to get damp or even severely flooded.
With a population of about 9,000, Willowbrook in DuPage County, Illinois was only incorporated as a village in 1960. Though its existence is not as long other villages in the area, Willowbrook has its share of history that’s worth taking a look at.
But despite its longevity, or lack thereof, Willowbrook has something that it shares with other cities and villages in the area – its climate. With harsh winters and thunderstorms common in spring and summer, Willowbrook is just as prone to wet or flooded crawl spaces as its neighbors.
Located in northeastern Illinois, Elk Grove Village is a municipality that lies just adjacent to the city of Chicago. Known for the herd of elk that lives in a grove in Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village is also home to the largest industrial park in the country.
With its proximity to the Windy City, it’s not a stretch to imagine that Elk Grove Village shares the same climate – harsh winters and thunderstorms common during spring and summer. All that precipitation has to go somewhere, and unfortunately, a lot of it settles in the crawl space of our homes.
A suburban municipality in Lake County, Illinois, Highland Park was founded in 1869 with just 500 residents. Today, it has evolved to become home to nearly 30,000. Park of the Chicago metropolitan area, it is located just 23 miles north of downtown Chicago.
While Chicago is known as the Windy City, Highland Park may just as well be called the same since it shares a similar climate. With harsh winters and thunderstorms common in spring and summer, it isn’t hard to imagine many a crawl space in Highland Park being inundated with water.
Within the Chicago metropolitan area, Hinsdale is a village in Cook and DuPage counties in Illinois with a population of about 17,000. It is listed in the top 1% of wealthiest towns in the states.
Beautiful residences abound in Hinsdale, but no matter how beautiful your home might be, if you are getting water seepage in the crawl space, it won’t stay beautiful for long. You see, if water is left untreated in the crawl space, this can erode your home’s foundation.
A suburban municipality in Illinois, Highland Park is known for its historical architectural landmarks by prominent architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, David Adler, and Howard Can Doren Shaw. It has a population of about 30,000 and is located on the North Shore of the Chicago metropolitan area.
Even if your home is not designed by a famous architect, if you have a crawl space, chances are you have to deal with it being damp from excess moisture, whether due to weather, hydrostatic pressure, or bad drainage.
In Illinois, part of Cook and DuPage Counties, lies a village within the Chicago metropolitan area that is in the top 1% of wealthiest towns in the state – Hinsdale. Known for its teardown culture and beautiful homes, Hinsdale has a rebuild rate of about 30% and a population of about 17,000.
But whether your home is a rebuild or not, if it has a crawl space, the number one enemy you’ll have is water. A damp crawl space can cause a ton of potential problems if left neglected.
A village in DuPage County in Illinois, Lombard is known for its annual Lilac Festival. Held every May, it features lilac-themed events such as concerts, brunches, fairs, and more.
Pelted by thunderstorms in spring and summer, plus harsh winters, the 43,000 locals in Lombard are no strangers to underground dampness. More precisely, crawl space moisture issues.
Lying 40 miles southwest of Chicago, Joliet is a city in Illinois with a population of about 147,000. One of the state's fastest growing cities, it is the fourth-most populated in Illinois and has been featured in several TV shows and films.
The city is pounded yearly by thunderstorms, mostly common in spring and summer. Add to that the harsh winters, many basements and crawl spaces in the city tend to be more wet than dry the whole year round.
Highland Park, a suburban municipality of Lake County in Illinois, is located on the North Shore of the Chicago metropolitan area. Home to a vibrant shopping district, Highland Park also has its share of landmark structures, with several homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other prominent architects.
However, whether your home is designed by a famous architect or not, given the weather patterns in the area and other naturally occurring issues, many homeowners experience leaky crawl spaces that can cause a lot of headaches.
A village in Cook and DuPage counties in Illinois, Hinsdale is listed as in the top 1% of the wealthiest towns in the state. Known for its beautiful residences, Hinsdale is a pleasant place to live in. However, like most places in the Chicago area, it is prone to extreme weather conditions, making homes susceptible to moisture issues.
Moisture issues in crawl spaces are pretty common, especially if your home isn't protected from the elements. If a crawl space suffers from moisture issues, your home will be susceptible to mold, fungi and mildew. Moisture can also cause wooden posts to rot and it can lead to premature degradation of the foundation.
Hinsdale is a quaint village in Illinois that is in the top 1% of the wealthiest towns in the state. Known for its beautiful homes, the village is a teardown culture with over 30% of homes being new rebuilds. But no matter how beautiful your home is, it's prone to some nasty crawl space moisture issues unless protected.
Given the cold winters, hot summers, and common thunderstorms in the area, Hinsdale can experience a deal of precipitation each year. Combined with unfortunate accidents with piping, or maybe with the water table, many crawl spaces can develop moisture issues.
A village in Illinois, Hinsdale is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and is listed as being the top 1% wealthiest towns in the state. It has gorgeous residences and a rolling topography that makes for beautiful scenery. A nice place to live in for sure, but if you have a leaky crawl space, you are going to have problems.
A leaky crawl space can be a sign of a larger problem and is the cause for many headaches. Crawl space moisture can cause wooden posts to rot, it can ruin your foundation, foster mold and mildew, and damage anything you have kept here. If left alone, the damage a leaky crawl space can cause can be very expensive.
A suburban municipality, Highland Park in Lake County, Illinois is located north of Chicago and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. It shares the extreme weather conditions the Windy City is known for, freezing winters and scorching summers with thunderstorms common during spring and summer. During wet weather, many residents can experience moisture issues in their crawl spaces, which can be a problem. Water in crawl spaces can cause numerous problems both for your home and health. It can cause rot in wooden posts, ruin the foundation, cause musty smells, and foster the growth of mildew and mold - which can cause health issues.
Solutions to Crawl Space Moisture
Oak Park is a village on the western side of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois and has a population of 51,878. It's located on top of the ancient shore of Lake Chicago though today its geography consists of exactly zero water. Despite this absence of water, many Oak Park residents still experience moisture troubles in their crawl spaces, which can cause a host of problems.
Crawl space moisture can cause the growth of mold and mildew, rot in wooden posts, deterioration of the foundation, and other structural and health issues. If left unattended, it can be harmful to your house and to you and your family's health.
A suburb of Chicago, Oak Lawn is a village that prides itself with its 'home town' atmosphere. Home to such notable people as NBA star Dwyane Wade and rapper Kanye West, Oak Lawn has its own contributions to the Hollywood culture. However, with all the home town feel Oak Lawn possesses, come the same home town problems everyone else has to deal with, and that's moisture or flooding in their home's crawl space.
Crawl space moisture can cause many issues. From musty smells to mold and mildew growth, rotting wooden posts to cracking concrete foundations, the issues can range from the irritating to the very serious.
Named for the elk living in the area, Elk Grove Village is a municipality of Illinois located in Cook County and DuPage County. Home to the largest industrial park in the U.S., with over 3,600 businesses, residents have a lot on their minds that sometimes leave the lowest parts of their homes unmanaged.
Crawl spaces are one of those things in our homes that we tend to forget since we don't see it much. But if left unattended, it can get flooded and get into a serious state of disrepair. A damaged crawl space can cause many issues, from rotting wood posts, growth of mold and mildew, it can emanate a musty smell, and it could even ruin your foundation.
A bedroom community located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, Dyer is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana that placed 97th on the '100 Best Places to Live in the US' list compiled by CNN Money Magazine. However, just like any other community, many Dyer home's crawl spaces can experience water seepage.
Water seepage is when water or moisture finds its way into your crawl space and causes a slew of problems from a musty smell emanating from the space to deterioration of the foundation. Thus, water seepage is something that must be controlled. So what's the best way to control water seepage and keep your Dyer home's crawl space dry?
Valparaiso, IN – the county seat of Porter County, Indiana with a population of 31,730. Home to the Indiana Aviation Museum and the Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, is a city built on the Valparaiso Moraine. With a terrain made up of glacial debris, the issue of wet and damp crawl spaces is prevalent for many Valparaiso, IN residents. The question many homeowners ask then is, "what can happen if I don't fix my wet and damp crawl space?" Wet and damp crawl spaces can be a source of many air quality issues, and can be a breeding ground for mold and other fungal growth. Aside from the health issues that may arise from this, your home's structure can be at risk as well due to deterioration brought about by the dampness.
Wet and Damp Crawl Space Solutions
Crystal Lake, IL is located in southeastern McHenry County and it’s named after a beautiful lake about 1.6 miles west of its town center. This quaint town is home to TECO pottery. The American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Company was founded here in 1881 and it was eventually responsible for the creation of TECO pottery, a popular pottery style which is seen in many museums around the country.
As a Crystal Lake area homeowner, you care a lot about your home’s interior and exterior, and if you have a leaky, musty crawl space under your home, you need to get it taken care of fast by a professional waterproofing company, such as Perma-Seal.
Ever wondered where the musty smell from crawl spaces comes from? The kind where no matter how much air freshener you use, or dehumidifiers you place around the house, the smell continues to emanate and wreak havoc on your personal space? Musty smells usually peak during the summer and winter months when warm air naturally rises in a house either from the weather or from artificial heating. This pushes the air in crawl spaces to get sucked into the main area of your home, thus causing the musty smell.
Aurora, IL – the second most populated city in Illinois has the nickname “City of Lights” and has an impressive collection of architecture from Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, and many others. While the designs of the houses may vary, the existence of a basement or crawl space is very common, as they are present in a large number of homes throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. If your home includes a crawl space, it is also common that it will emanate a musty smell, which can result from excess moisture, humidity and gases permeating your unsealed crawl space. Although this can be an issue throughout the year, the problem can be particularly noticeable when your house is closed up during the cold winter or hot summer months.
How Can My Crawl Space Affect My Family’s Health?
Cicero, IL, named after Cicero, NY, is home to the Hawthorne Race Course, Chodl Auditorium, and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Being very historic, many residents in Cicero are proud of their town and of their homes. If fact, we get a lot of phone calls from concerned homeowners in this area who wish to know what they can do to fix their wet, damp crawl space that sits unused under their home.
Well it’s just a crawl space, it’s not important right?
While you may not want to think about it, you should be aware that what happens in your crawl space directly affects your family’s health and the value of your home.
The natural airflow of your house draws moisture, gasses and odors from the earth into your upstairs living environment. When it’s cold outside and your house is closed up, the odds are you’re breathing very unhealthy air. Did you know, studies have shown an open, untreated crawl space can also rot your floor joists, breed mold and increase energy costs? You can transform your dirt or gravel crawl space into a healthy, useable, dry area of your home with our Crawl Space Encapsulation System. We can also add insulation…to help you save on those monthly energy bills.
If you live over a dirt crawl space, odors, gases and every critter that crawls the earth have a free pass into your home. So what should you do to improve your dirty, damp and musty crawl space? In the videos Lou mentions the many benefits of encapsulating your crawl space.
When you encapsulate your dirt crawl space with the exclusive Perma-Seal system, you’ll not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also keep out odors, gasses and little critters too. Perma-Seal is offering 10% off Crawl Space Encapsulation during the month of July. Offer Expires July 31, 2011, some restrictions apply. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit www.permaseal.net.