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Foundation Crawlspace: DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME AND THAT’S THE MAIN THING

DO YOU WANT IT TO LAST? OR.....DO YOU WANT TO SPEND YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR THE SAME PROBLEM?

HIRE THE RIGHT COMPANY AND VERIFY ALL COMPLETED WORK.

Foundation crawlspace mold and moisture problems are addressed in a variety of ways depending on the contractor that is hired, the contractor’s perspective and the level of care and concern the contractor has with each job. What we often see as consultants, is the completed “job” where a step or two is incomplete. Cleaning/removing mold from surfaces, sealing the surfaces with a good sealant* and addressing any and all moisture intrusion problems are all essential. Whether you are installing a Foundation Crawlspace Encapsulation or an “old school” remediation system the mold must be removed and the sealant applied.

I had the occasion to help a customer who refused to follow through with all of the required steps. The customer cleaned but did not seal and did not address the problems that created the problem in the first place.

In the photos below you will see a representation of wood cleaned of mold in the foundation crawlspace – the first is without the recommended Fiberlock 6100 Clear* sealant after 5 months; the 2nd photo is with the Fiberlock 6100 Clear* sealant AFTER FIVE YEARS and both homes with similar moisture problems. (Note: we do not benefit in any way by recommending Fiberlock product; it is simply a superior product).

Photos by: Cindy Ericks and Kevin V. O'Keefe

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