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Crawl Space Waterproofing, Encapsulation, and Insulation in Proctorville, OH

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


A homeowner in Proctorville, OH called us because the sump pump in her crawl space seemed to be running more than it should. There was also a strong, musty smell coming from the crawl space.

After setting up her free inspection and estimate, the homeowner met with our certified inspector, Brendan Kent. He noticed that the crawl space was wet, moldy, and cold, which suggested that it was not properly waterproofed, stabilized, or insulated. He explained all of the products we off that would correct all of these issues.

In the end, the homeowner and our inspector discussed the options and decided on a plethora of products that would guarantee the homeowner would never have a crawl space issue like this again.


The homeowner agreed to have CrawlSeal Liner, drainage matting, vent covers, ExTremeBloc, SafeDri Pro, and FreezeGuard.

A skilled production crew, led by foreman Rich Pomales, came in and first installed the new SafeDri Pro pump system which includes a liner, cast-iron pump, CleanPump Stand, airtight lid with airtight floor drain, and an alarm system. All of these things will provide layers of protection to keep this sump pump clean and functioning properly. They also installed FreezeGuard on the outside of the sump pump drainage line to allow water to be released even if the pipe becomes frozen or blocked.

Then, they installed vent covers over the crawl space vents. Vents are often incorrectly believed to be a fix for a damp or humid crawl space. This is incorrect because vents actually allow easier access for outside air and water. Covering these up before encapsulating is essential.

After that, that attached ExTremeBloc panels to the crawl space walls. This will keep the space cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Exceptional insulation products like these are important to create a more comfortable, less expensive home.

Finally, they laid down drainage matting on the floor to provide extra cushioning, and to allow water to drain under it and into the SafeDri Pro instead of puddling and becoming stagnant. They then secured CrawlSeal Liner onto the floor and base of the ExTremeBloc-covered walls. This is designed to comprehensively separate the crawl space from things that belong outside (dirt, dampness, animals, mold, bacteria, etc.).

The crew also did an excellent cleanup job, which included hauling away stray fiberglass insulation, and leaving the crawl space much cleaner than before. The homeowner is very happy with the repairs we made, and she no longer has to worry about water or a foul smell in her crawl space.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Certified Inspector: Brendan Kent

Foremen: Richard Pomales, Jeremiah Taylor (Electrical)

Products Installed: CrawlSeal Liner, drainage matting, vent covers, ExTremeBloc, SafeDri Pro, and FreezeGuard.


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Columbus, OH 43219
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