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An Anacortes homeowner called Rainy Day Basement Systems after 14 long years of dealing with a leaky crawl space. Chris L. was tired of finding standing water underneath his home and the musty smell of mold was becoming a real problem.
To help Chris solve these common basement challenges Rainy Day completely encapsulated their crawl space with CleanSpace. This is an antimicrobial lining that was made specifically to prevent against water and mold from penetrating into the space. To further assist in keeping the space dry, a SaniDry CX Air System dehumidifier was installed, which will regulate the humidity. To catch water seepage at the foundation walls, SmartPipe drainage trenches were installed. These will lead the water through the TripleSafe pump system, a system that uses three sump pumps that can work together or separately depending on the demands. All the unwanted water gets pumped out of the LawnScape outlet, a buried discharge line that leads all the water to a safe distance away from the home. Finally, an IceGuard was installed to prevent the discharge line from freezing or clogging and causing flooding.
Rainy Day is thrilled to have such a positive impact on Chris and his family’s quality of life.
Jim and Cathy G. reached out to Rainy Day Basement Systems because they noticed their Burlington home had settled a bit over the time they lived there. This lead to the development of a crack in their foundation. They found standing water in their crawl space and believed their gutters ran underneath their existing vapor barrier contributing to the problem. Their main objective was to fix the vapor barrier and prevent future water from entering the space.
In order to accomplish this goal, Rainy Day encapsulated Jim and Cathy’s crawl space with CleanSpace, our heaviest most durable liner. By completely enclosing the space, the risk of moisture is greatly reduced, in turn lowering the possibility of mold growth. In addition, CleanSpace is manufactured with an antimicrobial agent called UltraFresh to further enhance that prevention. To control the humidity of the crawl space a SaniDry CX dehumidifier equipped to automatically empty was installed, leaving no obligation to the homeowner of having to supervise and empty it.
Drainage trenches were added to the exterior footing of the foundation walls, these will help catch water before it reaches the crawl space. Water gathered through the dehumidifier and drainage trenches will ultimately be pumped through the installed TripleSafe Sump Pump and out through their LawnScape outlet. The outlet leads the water through a discrete buried discharge line and away from the house where it can be absorbed into the ground without disturbing the foundation of the home.
With this system Rainy Day achieved Jim and Cathy’s goals and they won’t have to worry about water intrusion again.
Frank and Debbie C. lived in their Mount Vernon home for 13 years. Their crawl space was not particularly wet, however, it was humid and very dirty. In the summers the space would fill with humid sticky air and during the winters, they dealt with cold floors underneath their feet. After seeing our ad in The Clipper, they knew Rainy Day Basement Systems had the solution they were looking for.
To prevent moisture from seeping into Frank and Debbie’s crawl space the entire space was encapsulated in CleanSpace. CleanSpace is a heavy-duty antimicrobial lining that isolates the house completely from the ground below. To enhance the encapsulation, all twelve crawl space vents were sealed with our Masonary Wall Vents. Finally, an EverLast Crawl Space Door was installed. The door is made of completely inorganic materials, it’s waterproof and prevents the growth of mold and mildew. It has a weather-strip on the back and uses screws to close to offer the most effective seal. For further moisture protection, a SaniDry CX Air System was installed. The dehumidifier is fully automatic and can remove up to 13 gallons of water a day. Frank and Debbie now have a clean space to keep their storage and won’t have to worry about any moisture damaging their belongings.
Anita and Mike P contacted Rainy Day Basement Systems because they noticed water was seeping into their basement after it would rain. At one point the entire floor was covered in water. Their basement was semi-finished and the water had caused damage to their carpet and padding. The moisture had also allowed mold and mildew to develop in some spots causing a musty odor. Because they use their basement as a shop, it was very important to them to find a long-term solution to their basement troubles.
In order to rid Anita and Mike’s basement of its moisture problems, we first installed our WaterGuard basement waterproofing system. The WaterGuard is a sub-floor drainage system installed along the interior footing of the foundation walls. It has large holes perforated into the bottom to allows ground water in. It also features a special wall flange that creates a neat space between the floor and the wall to drain any wall seepage.
The flange works well with the CleanSpace wall system to drain water from the walls to the WaterGuard. CleanSpace is a highly durable plastic lining that is installed with permanent fasteners to keep it in place. The lining is made from inorganic material and cannot support the growth of any mold or mildew.
We installed a SmartSump pump to remove all the water captured by Mike and Anita’s basement system. The SmartSump is equipped with a 1/3 hp Zoeller cast iron pump with a mechanical float switch. It’s capable of pumping up to 2,650 gallons per hour. We also added the UltraSump back-up battery system. The UltraSump ensures that even if the primary pump fails to operate, like in the instance of a power outage, their basement will remain clean and dry all the time.
Chuck and Alice M. gave us a call after seeing our booth at the Northwest Washington Fair. They bought their home new in 1964 but their crawl space had become bothersome in recent years. The crawl space was full of fallen insulation, ground water seepage and on occasion, there was evidence of rodents and other pests. Chuck and Alice were concerned about serious problems that can be associated with pests and moisture problems, such as rotted wood and unpleasant odors.
To prevent ground water seepage, we installed drainage trenching along the footing of the interior foundation walls. The drainage trenching leads directly to the TripleSafe Sump Pump which features three pumps in one, making it the most efficient and effective sump pump available. Once the ground water was under control, we encapsulated the crawl space in CleanSpace. CleanSpace is 20 mils. thick, highly durable crawl space lining that greatly reduces moisture and humidity. We also installed a SaniDry CX Dehumidifier to further control the moisture in the crawl space. Finally, we installed an EverLast Access Well and EverLast Crawl Space Door. The access well is 48” wide and comes in stackable pieces that will allow easy access at any depth. The crawl space door is airtight and completes the encapsulation. Both are made from completely inorganic material so they won’t rust, rot or support the growth of mold.
After a stormy winter weekend, Jim and Kathy S. had roughly 100 gallons of water removed out of their daylight basement. They were quite surprised by the amount of water their basement collected because Jim had already taken measures to avoid such occurrences. He dug drainage trenches to divert ground water and applied Thompson water seal to the concrete floor to prevent it from seeping up, which seemed to have worked because it’d been several years since they saw any water. However, because the trenches were dug outside the home, they were in the mud zone and bound to clog. And waterproof sealants can only provide a short-term solution, water will always find a path. After having such a substantial amount of water removed, they wanted professionals to provide a more permanent solution.
Our production crew got started with locating the lowest point in the basement to install the TripleSafe Sump Pump. It’s called the TripleSafe because it incorporates three pumps in one, including a battery back-up system. The crew then installed the WaterGuard drainage system. Rather than an exterior french drain that is inaccessible and bound to fail, the WaterGuard is an interior system that is above the flood zone, making it non-clogging and fully accessible. The walls were covered by 20 mils. thick lining called CleanSpace. The lining reduces the humidity and moisture levels while directing water seepage down towards the WaterGuard drain. All the captured water will drain out of the LawnScape buried discharge line that discreetly releases the water a safe distance away from the foundation of the home.
Lynn and Wayne decided to have one of our system design specialists out to their home to perform a free inspection and estimate after seeing our booth at the Anacortes Shipwreck Fest. They had purchased a home in Coupeville two years prior and were having issues with water leaks and musty odors in their crawl space.
To turn their dank messy crawl space into a dry healthy one, we first installed a SmartSump Pump in the lowest spot to capture all the ground water seepage. We added drainage trenching along the inside perimeter of the exterior wall footing to direct the ground water seepage towards the pump. We then installed a new vapor barrier to help prevent evaporated moisture from damaging the floor joists. Lynn and Wayne were thrilled to have their crawl space problems addressed and resolved.
The vapor barrier in this crawl space was in a terrible condition. It had shifted around allowing dirt and water above the barrier, making it a mess and ineffective. There are natural springs near this Burlington home and the homeowners had been fighting with water intrusion in the crawl space since it was built back in 1994.
We replaced their pre-existing sump pump with our more powerful TripleSafe Sump Pump. The TripleSafe features three pumps in one offering the homeowner the most protection against water intrusion. A second pump will activate in the case that the initial pump cannot handle the inflow of water. A third and battery operated pump, the UltraSump, is meant for worst-case scenarios like a power outage and the first and second pump fail to activate. The UltraSump can remove just over 11,000 gallons on a new, fully charged battery. Subsequently, drainage trenching was added to help direct groundwater towards the new TripleSafe.
Finally, we lined their crawl space with a more durable lining than the traditional 6 mils. black barrier they previously had. CleanSpace Light is a 10 mm thick vapor barrier that has an antimicrobial agent built right in. The lining greatly reduces the moisture and humidity levels in the space, in addition to furthering prevent against mold and mildew.
David and Bonny R. contacted Rainy Day to fix flooding issues, put a stop to mold and illuminate the mildew smell from upstairs. We installed drainage systems and encapsulated their crawl space, turning the dirty smelly mess into a welcoming environment.
The horrible smell traveling to the other areas of their home were giving David and Bonny headaches and making them feel ill. To fix this problem, we installed a drainage system that would keep the room dry and mold-free. Getting a lot of rain where they are located, we also ensured that the sump pump we installed would be able to keep up with the heavy water, unlike the previous pump from a different company that kept breaking down.
We installed a TripleSafe Sump Pump with a battery backup system and primary and secondary pump, ensuring that heavy water flow or power outage would not lead to flooding. The WaterWatch Floor Alarm will also give the homeowners reassurance that if their crawl space floor starts leaking again, they will be notified right away until the problem is fixed.
Now, the water and moisture that tries to come into the crawl space will be pumped outside away from the foundation via a LawnScape Outlet that connects to the house’s downspout. Two IceGuards were also installed outside the crawl space to guarantee that water will be disposed of even if the other pipes get clogged with debris or freeze.
13 CleanSpace Vent Covers, an EverLast Door, SilverGlo, and CleanSpace were also installed, making sure that moisture, water, pests, outside air and dirt will be sealed out in the future. The SilverGlo and CleanSpace also provide insulation, so the homeowners have more control over their crawl space temperature and don’t have to pay higher heating and cooling bills.
Flooding is no longer happening. The crawl space is now sealed off and moisture is under control, keeping mold from forming again. The vents and door are now sealed, preventing pests, rubble and outside air from coming in. With the fresh seals and newly insulated walls, David and Bonny no longer have to pay unnecessary heating and cooling costs. Together, all these items create a safe, odorless environment. Who would not want a healthier home?
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Joe and Anthony Y.’s home in Anacortes, WA was only 11 years old when they started experiencing structure settlement from soft soils and water coming into their basement.
Looking for answers, they came across Tim Garrison, a highly accommodated professional engineer in Anacortes. Garrison recommended Rainy Day to Joe and Anthony, knowing that we could help them with both their flooding and foundation settling issues.
After our free inspection and estimate, we presented Joe and Anthony with information on how to solve their problems, giving pictures and detailed information on the issues at hand and what products would be reliable for years to come.
Their foundation issues were due to the wet clay-like soil that is common in Washington. Since it was built in 2006, the house had slowly been sinking in numerous areas, getting worse as the ground became softer and softer from water saturation. The size and weight of the very large home did not help, and Joe and Anthony knew that they had to act as soon as possible. The pier pad settlement was causing major cracking in the concrete surfaces of the basement drywall, as well as other walls in the home. The cracks in the wall contributed to the basement flooding.
To create a dry and healthy environment in their basement once more, we installed a TripleSafe pump system, providing the homeowners with a Zoeller M53 pump, M98 backup pump and UltraSump III battery backup system. This reliable system can pump up to 6,200 gallons of water per hour and is equipped with a WaterWatch Alarm to ensure that the homeowners will know if the water levels become too high. A drainage system consisting of perforated pipe, filter fabric, and gravel was installed in the floor around the basement to collect any water from the soil, floor, and walls and dispose of it in the TripleSafe. To remove the water from the pumps, we installed two IceGuards outside the home. IceGuards are automatic disposing pipes that will never freeze or get clogged.
Lastly, we installed SmartJacks in the sinking areas around the crawl space, giving support to needed areas and raising the floor back to its original location.
With the drainage system ensuring a dry atmosphere, and the SupportJacks pushing up support beams inside the perimeter of their home, Joe and Anthony now have a reliable system to keep their home healthy and safe for years to come.
When the concrete was poured for the basement walls of Russell and Katheryn’s Anacortes, WA home, new layers of concrete were poured on top of already dried concrete, causing cold joints between every batch. Cold joints are weaknesses and openings created when batches of concrete do not intermix. The homeowners had many of them in different areas, contributing to the flooding of their basement.
Wanting a sealed and dry basement in their home, they contacted Rainy Day. After our free inspection and estimate, we determined that in addition to a drainage system, CleanSpace would be beneficial to control moisture and humidity levels.
First, we installed the drainage system consisting of a SuperSump pump system, WaterGuard, LawnScape Outlet and IceGuard. If any water enters the basement now, the pump basket and WaterGuard will collect the water and send it back outside through the LawnScape outlet. If any pipes become frozen or clogged, the IceGuard will automatically dispose of the water to ensure that it does not end up coming out of the pump and flooding the basement. Never being able to clog or freeze, the IceGuard is a perfect backup water disposal device.
The WaterGuard is slotted piping system placed on the floor surface that collects water from the surrounding walls and floors. The SuperSump is composed of a Zoeller M53 pump and WaterWatch Probe Alarm. The reliable M53 has 1/3 horsepower and can pump up to 2,018 gallons of water an hour. The WaterWatch alarm sits on the SuperSump lid and sensors water levels, ready to sound off a signal if water rises above the operating range of the pumps so that Russell and Katheryn can figure out the issue before flooding occurs.
Lastly, CleanSpace was installed, creating a seal on the walls on top of the cold joints and helping direct any water that enters the pump and WaterGuard. CleanSpace is a 20mil thick flexible liner with thermal characteristics and 7 layers of puncture resistant plastic. It will help keep out moisture, mold, high humidity levels, cold drafts, and critters. All in all, CleanSpace will give Russell and Katheryn a controllable, stable and healthy home with lower heating and cooling costs.
Now, the homeowners have a basement that will stay dry even in the wet Washington weather!