Posted By: Foundation Support Specialists, 03 Dec 10:15 am Category:
We had a unique situation at our home. It is a pier and beam house that was built too close to the ground and was even in the ground at one corner. With essentially no crawlspace (18” down to maybe 2”), moisture over the years was damaging the subfloor and causing mold issues that were affecting my wife’s health. With no crawlspace, there was no way to go under the subfloor to inspect, repair or treat mold. We had several companies come out posing solutions that were either worthless, incomplete or at best only a temporary fix. Brian with FSS came out and devised a complete solution to actually go under the house and 1) excavate a 30” crawlspace in the rock, dirt, and caliche under the house, 2) treat the entire beam and subfloor area for mold, 3) remove and replace the damaged subfloor under one room, 4) install a new concrete skirting around the perimeter of the pier and beam structure and finally 5) encapsulate the entire subfloor area with a drain mat, 20 mil plastic liner, and three dehumidifier units to keep the relative humidity low enough that no more moisture would ever drop out in the subfloor area. FSS was very sensitive to my wife’s health issues and did some major juggling of crews to get to work right away. The entire job took 3 months to complete. Most of the job went just as planned and FSS demonstrated professional project execution skills. Everyone was always friendly and courteous. As you would imagine with such a complex and large scope, there were some issues that came up during the job. I am a retired engineer and was pretty picky about details of how the work was executed. All I can say is that the FSS managers, foremen, crews and subcontractors (Brian, Richard, Josh, David, and a multitude others) were always open and willing to adapt and make sure that the finished product was top quality. The work has just been completed and the independent inspector gave thumbs up to the final work product. The “cloud” enabled monitoring equipment provided by FSS talks to my smartphone and shows the system is maintaining the desired 50-60% relative humidity in the crawlspace (and even alarmed me when the power went down). My wife keeps remarking on how she can go all through the house and no longer smell any of the mold or dirt smells that had always been in the house. I now have a clean and dry mold free crawlspace where I can get anywhere to inspect. Looking back on where we were three months ago, all I can say is what FSS delivered was amazing. Good work guys.