Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Indianapolis Crawl Space Water Problems?

Now is the time that many Indianapolis homeowners are forced to take notice of their crawl space. Spring time in Indiana can be great. The weather starts to get warmer and the snow is finally gone. But spring time in Indiana also brings with it heavy rains. And for those of us who live above a crawl space or basement in Indiana, heavy spring rains is not always a welcome surprise. The recent heavy amounts of rainfall that has taken place over central Indiana has had many homeowners on edge due to their crawl space or basement flooding. But it doesn't have to always be this way. Their are many steps a homeowner can take to limit the amount of water that enters their crawl space or basement. Some of the best steps to take include making sure your gutters remain clean and free of any debris. A clogged gutter system will allow water run off from your roof to dump over the gutters and right next to your homes foundation. This increases the likelihood of that water making its way into your crawl space or basement. Extending any downspouts away from your homes foundation can also go a long way in helping keep excessive water out of your crawl space and basement. But as many Indiana homeowners already know, sometimes these steps are just not enough to keep you crawl space or basement dry permanently. In those cases, an interior crawl space or basement drainage system along with a sump basin and sump pump would more than likely need to be installed. A properly installed drainage system around the inside perimeter of the crawl space or basement can give many Indiana homeowners piece of mind knowing they will maintain a dry, healthy crawl space or basement during these times of heavy rains. Additional benefits of these types of drainage systems include being able to have a usable space in your basement free of any water problems, a dryer and healthy living space above the crawl space and basement, and makes for a much easier selling process if indeed you ever decide to sale your home. At SwainCo. Crawl Space and Basement Repair we understand the headache that comes from living above a crawl space or basement in Indiana. We are central Indiana's most trusted crawl space repair contractor. Our crawl space and basement drainage systems will keep Indiana homeowners dry once and for all. If you think your crawl space or basement has a water problem or to find out more about how SwainCo. Crawl Space and Basement Repair can transform your wet crawl space or basement into a dry, healthy crawl space or basement than click here or call 317-407-1868.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Indiana Crawl Space Mold Remediation

SwainCo. HydroSafe Crawl Space Mold Remediation 

100% Safe Mold Remediation Process

What is HydroSafe Mold Remediation
Most crawl space mold remediation services are not only costly, but they are also performed by using an array of potentially harmful chemicals. In face, some of these mold remediation techniques require homeowners to vacate their house during the process and can leave long lasting odors in the upstairs living areas. SwainCo. HydroSafe Crawl Space Mold Remediation process eliminates much of the health concerns that are posed by using other mold remediation techniques. This is accomplished by using a much less toxic application applied to the areas of mold growth. The product used is an 8% strength hydrogen peroxide and 92% water mixture. This process is also known as the Carolina Protocol.

How Does It Work
The SwainCo. HydroSafe Crawl Space Mold Remediation utilizes a relatively new and effective proven method of mold remediation called the Carolina Protocol. The Carolina Protocol involves the use of an 8% strength hydrogen peroxide as the cleaning agent. The 8% strength hydrogen peroxide is applied to the areas of mold growth on the structural wood in the crawl space, causing the mold to be destroyed by a process called oxidation. This is the same process that takes place when, like many of us have, applied hydrogen peroxide to a small cut on our hand. After hydrogen peroxide is applied to a cut we see a bubbling action take place shortly after. This bubbling action is the bacteria in the cut being destroyed by oxidation. Although the hydrogen peroxide used to clean cuts is of a less strength, the same oxidation process that destroys the bacteria in the cut is the same oxidation process that destroys the mold growth.

Crawl space mold remediation does not need to be so time consuming, costly, or unhealthy for the homeowners. SwainCo's process of crawl space mold remediation is done is in 3 easy steps. SwainCo. also provides additional services to treat the underlining issues that caused the mold growth in your crawl space to begin with. Some of these additional services may include crawl space drainage systems, crawl space vapor barriers, or crawl space encapsulation systems. To find out more about our crawl space mold remediation process click here. If your Indiana crawl space is a problem crawl space click here to find out how SwainCo. Crawl Space and Basement Repair can transform your unhealthy crawl space into a dry, mold free, healthy crawl space.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Crawl Space Encapsulation Systems In Indiana

The crawl space encapsulation system, is a vapor barrier system designed to seal the crawl space off from the outside environment. Excessive moisture in the crawl space can cause many problems, such as mold growth, wood rot, musty smells, and foundation issues. A crawl space will typically get excessive moisture or water from the following three main areas. 

1. Floor-The crawl space dirt floor, much like the soil around the house, contains moisture. This moisture is constantly trying to evaporate, and when it does, it makes its way up through the house with a process called stack effect or the natural airflow of the house, which is from bottom to top.


2. Foundation Walls-Moisture or water seepage from the exterior foundation walls of home and into the crawl space also increase the moisture levels in the crawl space. Many times stopping foundation wall seepage can prove to be very difficult. Trying the stop the seepage involves excavating around the entire perimeter of the home to the depth of the footer and re-waterproofing the foundation itself. Many times this is not possible due items that have been built around the home, such as slab porches, garages, sidewalks, additions, ect.

3. Crawl Space Vents-The idea behind having a vented crawl space was to allow air flow into the crawl space to reduce moisture. In reality what crawl space vents can actually do is dramatically increase moisture levels in a crawl space. This is especial true during the summer months. During hot humid summer days, the outside air flowing into the crawl space from vents contains a large amount of moisture in it. This moisture is brought into the crawl space through the vents. The hot, humid air will also come into contact with cooler air, pipes, and duct work and create condensation which also will increase moisture levels in the crawl space. This is even more so true for Indiana crawl spaces due to the type of summers that we have. 


Because of these reasons, a complete crawl space encapsulation system is installed along the dirt crawl space floor and up the foundation walls. Sealing off areas that cause excessive moisture in the crawl space. Part of a complete crawl space encapsulation system is to also seal off all crawl space vents. If the crawl space vents are not sealed off in a crawl space that has a complete encapsulation system, it will actually work again the encapsulation system by causing more moisture. Vents that remain open will allow hot, humid air that contains a great deal of moisture to enter into the crawl space. For this reason, it is never recommended to open the crawl space vents when a complete crawl spaceencapsulation system is installed.  

For more information on crawl space encapsulation systems or crawl space vapor barriers in the Indianapolis, Indiana or the surrounding areas click here. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Top 5 Crawl Space Waterproofing Tips

Spring time in Indiana is known for bringing some big rains, which can also bring some big headaches for Indiana homeowners who live above a crawl space. Waterproofing your crawl space is one of the most important things a homeowners can do. A wet crawl space can have an extreme negative effect on a home. Water in your crawl space can lead to expensive structurally wood damage, foundation failure, musty smells, and mold growth. All of which can lead to an unhealthy environment in the upstairs living area. This is because much of the air in the upstairs living area comes from the crawl space itself. This air moves up from crawl space and into the living area, carrying with it moisture, musty smells, and mold spores. A dry, waterproofed crawl space will protect your home from costly repairs and create a much healthier living area. Below are some of the more important steps to maintaining a dry, healthy crawl space.

1. Gutters - Spring time is a great time to make sure your gutters are cleaned from all debris. Clogged gutters will prevent water from your roof to flow freely through them. When gutters are clogged the water from your roof has no where to go but over the gutters and down right next to your crawl space foundation. This allows excessive amounts of water to run down next to your homes foundation increasing the chances of foundation issues and/or water in your crawl space.

2. Down Spouts - After the gutters are check and working properly, it's very important to make sure the down spouts from these gutters are installed far enough away from your homes foundation that the water from your roof is not dumping right next to your homes foundation. On a 1200 sq.ft. roof every 1" of rain will produce about 750 gallons of water. That is an extreme amount of water to just let dump right next to your homes foundation. Extending down spouts away from your home can help prevent costly foundation issues and unnecessary amounts of water in the crawl space.

3. Grading - Negative yard grading or yard grading that slopes toward your house instead of away from house can also lead to a wet crawl space. Ensure that your homes yard is graded in a way that any water runoff will run away from your homes foundation.

4. Sump Pump/Drainage - In many cases a homeowner can do all 3 steps listed above and still have a problem with standing water in the crawl space. These can be caused by a high water table and the type of soil around the house. In Indiana this is an all too common problem. To help reduce the chance for standing water in the crawl space a sump basin and sump pump may need to be installed along with proper drainage in the crawl space. If your crawl space has a sump pump, it's a good idea to check it multiply times throughout the year to ensure its working properly. If your sump pump is very old but still working, it may not be a bad idea to have it replaced anyway.

5. Vapor Barrier - A properly installed vapor barrier is also key to reducing excessive moisture in your crawl space that can lead to costly problems. Even if the crawl space has no signs of standing water, a vapor barrier is still a must. Moisture is consistently escaping up out of the dirt floor of your crawl space. A properly installed vapor barrier on the dirt crawl space floor will greatly reduce the amount of moisture coming up out of the dirt floor and into the living area.

For more information on maintaining a dry, healthy crawl space click here or visit www.swaincollc.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wet Basement Problems In Indiana

Waterproofing your basement in Indiana can be tricky at times, but there are also many great benefits to having a dry, waterproofed basement.
If you have a basement and live in Indiana than you more than likely already know the kind water problems that a basement in Indiana can have. This is even more true in the spring and summer months when Indiana tends to get more rain that at other times. Because of this, many basement homeowners end up with an unusable basement due to the fact that every time it rains, the basement gets water. And worse than that is a finished basement that starts to get water. Water in a finished basement tends to ruin just about everything, from mold issues in the dry-wall to wet carpet in the living area. There are numerous reasons for why a basement gets water. Ranging from older drainage systems that no longer work, to water seepage through the foundation wall. That being said, Indiana basement homeowners should understand that it is possible to get and keep your basement dry permanently. This can be done by various basement waterproofing methods. To get a better idea on which methods would work best for your basement water problems, a basement waterproofing inspection is needed. At SwainCo. Crawl Space and Basement Repair, we provide free basement waterproofing inspections for Indiana homeowners. This allows us to inspect and evaluate your situation and provide you with the best possible solutions to keeping your basement dry forever. If your basement gets water than now is the time to schedule a free basement waterproofing inspection by clicking here. We can help you transform your wet basement into a dry, usable basement. To find out more visit www.swaincollc.com or call 317-407-1868 to schedule a free basement waterproofing inspection.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Waterproofing Indianapolis

A wet crawl space can be a very big problem for Indiana homeowners. Water problems in your crawl space not only effect your crawl space, but also effect the living area above the crawl space. Water or even excessive moisture in your crawl space will eventually lead to mold growth, wood rot, and musty odors coming for the crawl space. Many times a standard 6mill plastic or vapor barrier is used to help keep moisture from escaping out of the ground and into the crawl space. These types of barriers only address a small area of concern when dealing with water or moisture in your crawl space, not to mention they are easily torn or moved by crawling on them. Excessive moisture in your crawl space not only comes from the dirt floor, but also comes from block seepage and from the foundation vents. Vents allow outside air into your crawl space. During the warmer months, this outside air can carry a high amount of moisture in it. Allowing that type of air into your crawl space will only add to the moisture that is already there. The most effective way to eliminate excessive moisture in your crawl space is to have the crawl space sealed off completely from the outside environment. This is done by completely encapsulating the crawl space. A proper crawl space encapsulation system needs to be thicker than a 6mill plastic. At SwainCo. Crawl Space and Basement Repair we install crawl space encapsulation systems using a tough 20mill waterproofing membrane. So tough we back it with a lifetime warranty on rips and tears. This crawl space encapsulation system is installed along the dirt crawl space floor and up the foundation walls, being permanently attached to the foundation itself. All foundation vents are then sealed from the inside as well to prevent excessive moisture coming into the crawl space from the outside air. If your crawl space has problems with standing water, than a lifetime warranty crawl space drainage system may need to be installed as well. To find out more information about how to transform your problem crawl space into a dry, healthy crawl space click here or call SwainCo. Crawl Space and Basement Repair-Indy's Original Experts at 317-407-1868

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Basement Waterproofing Contractors Indianapolis

Basement waterproofing is usually not a high concern for most Indiana homeowners during the winter months. But this winter is just a bit different. Indiana homeowners have seen much higher than normal rainfall in the past few weeks, with really no end in site. This has started to cause some basements in Indiana to experience water problems that are usually seen during the spring and summer months. Basement water problems can be a real headache for Indiana homeowners, especially if your basement is used as a livable space. Searching for an honest, trustworthy basement waterproofing contractor in Indiana can also be a headache for homeowners. At SwainCo. Crawl Space and Basement Repair we pride ourselves on being one of Indiana's most trusted waterproofing contractors. We are considered by many to be Indy's original experts in this industry. At SwainCo. we have the experience and knowledge to permanently fix your basement water problems once and for all. If you have a wet basement or have basement water problems, call SwainCo. today at 317-407-1868 or click here to visit us online for a FREE basement evaluation.