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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by Rebecca Poynton
Last week we showed you the first two phases of a three week project where we took an antiquated, five foot high, wet, stone basement and began the process of turning this unhealthy and uninhabitable space into a comfortable, healthy living area. We began by clearing the room and exposing all the existing piping and fixtures, then we excavated the floor to create a seven-foot high area.
This week, is the beginning of phase three; we have the room trenched, the existing piping and appliances secured, and now we begin treating the walls to prevent mold and moisture. Because these are cold, stone walls with an uneven surface, we are using our CleanSpace product over the stone. We often use CleanSpace on dirt or stone surfaces which are oftentimes found in crawl spaces, or in this case, homes with basements which are older than what we see in modern day basements with concrete walls and foundations. It can brighten up dingy basements and crawl space areas, or be used behind dry-wall for protection against moisture.
CleanSpace is a durable vapor liner with an antimicrobial additive called UtraFresh. This material prevents mold and bacterial growth from forming and keeps the area dry. The white liner has seven layers of high-density polyethylene product which is strong enough to withstand normal traffic without tearing, which we back up with a 25-year warranty.
You can see in the photo's below how we were able to cut around doorways, and piping, allowing us to create an air-tight space, which will ultimately prevent moisture and mold from the entire room. CleanSpace is a key component to making this once cave-like space, a healthy, dry, and mold free living area.
Keep your eyes open for phase 4 - where we install a new drainage system and install structural reinforcements.