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Case Study: Crawl Space Repair in Huntsville, Alabama

Water in a crawl space causes all kinds of problems for a home such as mold growth or bouncy floors. This was the concern of one homeowner in Hunstville who called on AFS to protect their crawl space from moisture.

One of our Certified Field Inspectors, Dustin Loeb, went out to inspect the property. He found groundwater collecting below the home and noticed general signs of moisture throughout the crawl space. Based on his findings, the installation crew placed drainage inside the crawl space to control the flow of groundwater and installed a 3,000 square foot vapor barrier to block outdoor moisture.


The Challenge

  • Moisture problems inside the home
  • Groundwater collecting under the home

The Solution

  • Crawl space drainage
  • 120-mil vapor barrier
  • Sump pump

The Impact

  • Healthier home
  • Protection of floor structure
  • 55% relative humidity in crawl space

Before Crawl Space Repair:

Moisture in the Crawl Space

As you can see in the image, the crawl space had an ineffective vapor barrier loosely sitting on the floor. There was no protection from moisture along the walls. Since this vapor barrier wasn’t providing much attention, there was a high amount of moisture in the crawl space—creating a damp and uncomfortable area.

Crawl Space Drainage Problem

This image makes it clear that the crawl space had a lack of drainage. As a result, it was easy for groundwater to collect under the dirt floor of the crawl space (especially after a storm) and contribute to the damp environment below the home.

After Crawl Space Repair:

Crawl Space Drainage

First and foremost, our installation crew lined the crawl space with effective drainage. In the image, you can see how the drainage travels along the perimeter of the crawl space. This is where groundwater most often gets into the crawl space, so adding drainage here will help control the flow of groundwater away from the crawl space.

Sump Pump

Alongside the drainage system, our team also installed a sump pump for even more protection against groundwater. Looking at the image, you can see it placed in the corner of the crawl space. This area was chosen because it’s the lowest part of this particular crawl space. Groundwater naturally flows toward the lowest point where it will be captured and removed by the pump.

Vapor Barrier

Once the drainage system and sump pump were in place, our team installed a 3,000 square foot vapor barrier. With 120-mil thickness, the vapor barrier protects the crawl space from humid air and outdoor moisture. You can also see how the vapor barrier makes the crawl space look brighter and more inviting than before.

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Need Crawl Space Repair for Your Home?

Are you seeing signs of moisture in your home? Do you know if it’s coming from the crawl space? If you’re worried, consider working with AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists.

We’ve been serving homeowners in the Southeastern United States for over 20 years, and we’re ready to do the same for you. With industry leading crawl space repair solutions, we’ll keep your crawl space dry and protected. Contact us to schedule a free inspection today!

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    Crawl Space Repair FAQs

    While crawl space repair is a long-term solution for improving your home’s stability, regular maintenance inspections are recommended to ensure the system continues functioning optimally.

    While some homeowners may attempt DIY solutions, it’s best to seek professional assistance due to the complex nature of the process. Proper crawl space repair requires expert knowledge and tools to ensure effectiveness and safety. 

    The duration of the process can vary depending on the size and condition of your crawl space. After a thorough inspection, our AFS team can provide a more precise timeline. Generally, most installs take about 1 or 2 days. 

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