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Waterproofing and Crawl Space Encapsulation to Prevent Musty Holiday Decor

Thursday, December 8th, 2016


Prevent mold growth and musty smells on your holiday decorations with crawl space encapsulation and basement waterproofing.


Two years ago, my parents threw away the artificial Christmas tree we’d had for most of my childhood. It was stored in its original, unsealed cardboard box in the basement, and had developed a musty odor over the years. I remember pulling it out every year, terrified to untangle the branches because I had no idea what would be found in this smelly relic. Spiders? Mice? Mold? Oh my!

All our seasonal decorations are stored under the basement stairs because, as my mom said, “Anything you put in the crawl space instantly begins to rot.”

Reindeer holiday statue

As it is the holiday season and time to get those decorations out, have you thought about what’s been going on with your tree, garland and stuffed Santa dolls for the past year? Bugs may have crawled in and out of the boxes, they may have grown mold, or collected microbes. You may assume that a mildew smell is the natural effect of sitting in a basement, but this isn’t the case. If the basement or crawl space were properly waterproofed and encapsulated, your holiday décor would remain dry and clean.

So, if your faux Christmas tree is smelly this winter, consider our products to fix this problem. CrawlSeal liner and Basement Air System are two options that could be right for you.

CrawlSeal is designed to permanently enclose the crawl space and prevent moisture, mold, pests, and microbes from entering the area from outside. It is 20 millimeters thick and consists of seven layers of polyethylene and polyester cord reinforcement so it will not tear. This liner would make storing holiday decorations in a crawl space easy and worry-free!CrawlSeal Liner cane be used to complete isolate a crawl space from the outside world.

Our dehumidifier is unlike any other. It eliminates damp, musty odors by drying and filtering the air. The upright system is for basements and large crawl spaces. The crawl space system is designed to fit in smaller crawl spaces. Both models will take 10 times the amount of water out of the air as a typical dehumidifier while using the same amount of energy.

With several other products available for waterproofing and insulation, contact us now to schedule a free inspection and estimate to find out which products are right for you and your home.


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