Friday, May 30, 2014

Crawl Space Vapor Barriers Indianapolis

Indiana Crawl Space Repair provides homeowners of Indianapolis and surrounding areas professional installation of vapor barrier / encapsulation systems.  The above pictures show a recent installation of a liner in a crawl space.

This Crawlspace had a vapor barrier improperly installed by a previous contractor.  The contractor had installed a  6 mil plastic to the sill plate rather than fastened and sealed to the foundation wall below the sill plate.

If you are looking for a responsible, honest contractor to the job right, give us a call at 317-893-7016.

Larry Ralph Jr.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cellar Crawlspace Encapsulation System

These are pictures of a crawlspace cellar recently encapsulated by Indiana Crawlspace Repair.  We were able to slide the liner under the well pressure tank and dehumidifier.

The drainage and sump pump in the cellar was upgraded to prevent water from standing or flooding like it was before.

A drainage grate was installed at the door opening of the cellar to facilitate water to the drainage system installed under the encapsulation liner.

Before and after photos of the corner of the cellar room.  The encapsulation system made for a great area of storage space after it was installed.

Whether you live in Avon, Anderson, Brownsburg, Bloomington, Brazil, Carmel, Cicero, Columbus, Crawfordsville, Danville, Ellettsville, Fairland, Fishers, Franklin, Greensburg, Greenfield, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Kokomo, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lebanon, Logansport, Madison, Marion, Martinsville, Mooresville, Muncie, New Castle, New Palestine, Noblesville, North Vernon, Pendleton, Peru, Seymour, Shelbyville, Terre Haute, Westfield, or Zionsville, IN we can help to dry out your cellar crawl space area for useable storage space.

Give us a call at 317-893-7016.

Larry Ralph

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Squeaky Floors - Why and what to do

We receive quite a few calls from customers who are tired of hearing the creaks and squeaks across their floors.  If you have ever tiptoed across the floor to keep from waking someone, and the floor gave you away, then you know what we are talking about.  Most of the time, the sound is from wood rubbing on wood.  There are many treatments to this condition, but first it is important to know what the source of the problem is.

  We have found that squeaky floors above a crawlspace or basement, are generally a result of some type of moisture problem.  When there is a fluctuation in moisture content in the floor joists, they tend to swell and shrink. When the wood shrinks, it moves apart, causing the fasteners to become loose.  This shrinkage effect can result in a gap to occur between the sub floor and the floor joist.  The squeaking noise occurs as the fasteners and boards move against each other as weight is placed on them.

  The basement or crawl space does not have to have a "water" problem for the moisture content to be too high.  If you have a vented crawlspace, outside air that enters your crawlspace is full of humidity in the summer.  In a basement, moisture will evaporate from the walls and from the floor. 

The best solution to squeaky floors is to first address the moisture problem below the floor.  In a crawlspace, it is recommended to encapsulate and condition the space so that the moisture content is consistent and low in the crawlspace.  In the basement, it is recommended to have a good vapor barrier on the walls and a whole house dehumidifier installed.

As to repairing the squeaky areas of the floor, this can be simple and complex.  Typically, screwing down the sub floor to the floor joists will eliminate the problem.  It is best to add sub-floor glue during this process.  If it is an area that cannot be screwed down from up above, there are specialty fasteners that can be used to draw the floor down to the joist.  A simpler technique to the specialty fasteners is to attach a 2x4 to the side of the joists and screw at an angle up to the sub floor bringing  it down tight against the joist.  If the squeak is caused by two layers of subfloor rubbing against one another, then the bottom layer needs to be screwed to the top layer from underneath the floor. IMPORTANT: When you are screwing upwards from underneath, make sure your screw is not too long so you will prevent it from going through your hardwood floors or carpet.

  As a general rule, the approach taken to remove the squeak is to remove the rub or gap out of the wood, and remove the moisture content in the air that is causing the rub.  Otherwise, you will constantly be repairing squeaks in the floor as they continue to pop up from high humidity levels in the floor.

  If you would like some professional advice, give us a call for a Free Evaluation and Estimate to your squeaky floors.  Call 317-893-7016.

Larry Ralph Jr.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bloomington, IN Drainage Systems

We met with a homeowner on the east side of Bloomington, Indiana near Smith Rd off 46.  After inspection of the crawlspace, standing water was noticed in puddles along the perimeter of the crawl space walls.  A perimeter drainage system was recommended in the crawl space, and the homeowner agreed to the repairs.
Drainage Trench
Trenches were excavated around the perimeter of the crawlspace to divert water entering through the block and under the footer to the sump pit.

A sump pit hole was dug, and a 4"perforated corrugated pipe was placed in the trench running into the sump basin hole.

The sump basin was installed in the hole with the 4" tile draining the water from the trenches.  The trenches were backfilled with an aggregate to prevent silting and clogging.
Crawl Space Sump Pump
A sump pump was placed in the sump basin with the float switch appropriately placed in the center to prevent it from sticking against the side walls of the pit.  The crawl space floor was covered with a 6 mil black vapor barrier.  The homeowner plans on encapsulating the crawl space once he saves up for it.  A drainage system was more important at this time because of the flooding that was occurring in the crawlspace.

If you live near the Bloomington or Central Indiana area, and are in need of a Crawlspace Drainage System, Give us a call at 317-893-7016.

Larry Ralph

Monday, February 17, 2014

Indianapolis Crawl space Repair Reviews

Review Date: February 15, 2014
Company Name: 
Indiana Crawl Space Repair
Basement Waterproofing
Services Performed: 

Work Completed Date: 
December 10, 2013
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Approximate Cost: 
Description Of Work: 
Dug my crawlspace from 10 inches to 24 inches. Removed termite damaged beams and floor joist and replaced with new ones. Removed my seal plate and replaced with new ones. They leveled my floors and took care of the cold drafts I was getting in the winter time. Encapsulated my crawlspace for future moisture problems and treated all the wood.

Member Comments: 
I was extremely happy with how much quality work I got for my money. They did exactly what I asked and are very professional with a ton of knowledge. I was very impressed with the transformation of my crawlspace. My floors are not only level but solid. The winter draft I was experiencing with the cold floors is now gone. I can finally move under my crawlspace with it dug out and its clean. I would highly recommend them to anyone with a crawlspace nightmare like mine.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Crawl Space Waterproofing New Palestine, IN

Standing water is a common problem for homeowners with a crawl space in New Palestine, IN.  Ten days after the last rain, this crawlspace in New Palestine was still drying out from water that entered the crawl.  The drying process that is occurring in this crawl after heavy rains is causing excessive humidity levels in the crawlspace and in the home.  This excess moisture causes mold growth, wood rot, odors, and many unwanted problems.  The best solution is to waterproof the crawlspace with a drainage and encapsulation system.  Give us a call 317-893-7016 for a Free Evaluation and Estimate.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Crawl Space Mold New Palestine, IN

A recent visit to a home in New Palestine, Indiana found an extreme case of mold growth and wood rot in their crawlspace.  The homeowner was aware of "joist problems" when she bought the home 4 years ago, but was blindsided by the extent of repairs needed for the home.  The access was too tight for her home inspector to evaluate the crawlspace so no inspection was done until she called us out to assist her in getting her home ready to sell.  She was horrified over what she saw going on under her home.  The home had been completely remodeled when she bought the home.  Unfortunately, this is not the first home buyer that was unaware of the severity of problem in their crawlspace.  It is very important to thoroughly inspect the crawlspace before purchasing the home.  Give us a call at 317-893-7016 if you are looking for a professional crawlspace inspection.  We service all of central Indiana.