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Crawlspace FAQ

WHAT CAUSES CRAWL SPACE PROBLEMS?

Moisture causes crawl space problems. Three things destroy organic materials, particularly wood (of which your flooring system and the ceiling of your crawl space is made): water, heat, and ultra-violet radiation. Of these, water is really the only one we can control.

WHY REMOVE MOISTURE FROM A CRAWL SPACE?

Dirt crawl spaces, vented crawl spaces, or unconditioned crawl spaces of any type under a home are a very bad idea - and crawl spaces in Missouri suffer extreme temperature and relative humidity swings through the seasons. The soil has very high moisture content. This humidity or water vapor easily moves into the crawlspace and upwards into the house environment. This is called the stack effect.

IS WATERPROOFING A CRAWL SPACE ENOUGH?


The answer is “No”. Crawl spaces do not have to be wet or flooded to be extremely unhealthy. When a crawlspace floods or standing water is present, this problem must be addressed first. Aire Solutions has the right solutions for keeping water out of a crawlspace. We can keep your crawlspace dry with everything from drainage solutions, to the best crawl space sump pump systems available in Missouri.

WHY DO I NEED A SUMP PUMP?

You can’t begin to address the moisture or relative humidity in your crawlspace until all standing water is eliminated, now and in the future. Eliminating the greatest source of wetness is a must, as this adds large amounts of moisture into the air and causes the problems associated with a damp crawl space.

WHAT MAKES UP THE SMARTSUMP?

The SmartSump crawl space sump pump uses a high quality, 1/3 horsepower, cast-iron Zoeller pump with an automatic float switch. The sump pump cover and unique sump basin fit perfectly with the CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System (vapor barrier), for an airtight seal.

If you’re like most people who typically don’t enter their crawl space, you need to know if there is a plumbing leak. The SmartSump’s unique lid design has a built-in alarm that sounds if it comes in contact with water. Once the alarm sounds, the water then flows down a special airtight floor drain into the basin where it is pumped away. The drain is airtight so damp, musty air does not rise up into your crawl space. The alarm also alerts you to pump failure for any reason, including power outages. A knock-out hole is also available to accept the discharge from a crawl space dehumidifier.

Crawlspace Products

SANIDRY CSB CRAWL SPACE DEHUMIDIFIER

Relative humidity (RH) levels can get pretty high in Missouri and Arkansas, especially in the summer. This leads to damp, musty smells in your basement or crawlspace, and many times it leads to the growth and spread of mold! Aire Solutions can help keep your crawl space dry and clean with their SaniDry Crawl Space/Basement Air System dehumidifiers. They are like no other dehumidifier you’ve ever seen! The dual-stage air filtration system, powerful blower and energy efficiency are only a few of the many great reasons that every home should have a SaniDry!

The SaniDry is only available through authorized Basement Systems dealers. Call Aire Solutions today for a free consultation on the benefits of the SaniDry Basement Air System dehumidifier.

SMARTSUMP SUMP PUMP SYSTEM

If you’ve had any standing water in your crawl space at any time, then you should have a sump pump as part of the solution to removing ground water seepage and lowering relative humidity. Aire Solutions installs the patented SmartSump sump pump system.

Designed to work in conjunction with the CleanSpace system for an air-tight fit, the SmartSump not only pumps out water, but is smart enough to alert you to an indoor plumbing leak, which could go undetected for months in a crawl space. The water from the leak will flow to the SmartSump lid, pass through a channel and set off the WaterWatch alarm to alert you, continue into the air-tight floor drain and drain down into the SmartSump to be pumped away just like any ground water would be.

The SmartSump is only available in the region through Aire Solutions, an authorized Basement Systems dealer - call today.

OPTIONAL BATTERY BACK-UP SUMP PUMP PROTECTION

The SmartSump is available with or without an optional UltraSump Battery Back-up pumping system. The UltraSump has a second pump in case of primary pump failure, a second switch, in case of switch failure, and second power source, in case of power failure.

The UltraSump can pump over 8,000 gallons of water out of your crawl space from energy stored in the specially sealed, long-term, standby battery. It has a unique charging system that will automatically recharge as soon as the power is restored and an alarm to tell you this secondary pump is operating. This protection is optional, but highly recommended.