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Clean Space System


This page is not intended as an advertisement for CleanSpace.  I am simply sharing my personal photos of the process for those who might be inclined to address their own moisture problems.

The beginning of remediation entails removal of all organic material in the crawl space: this includes every scrap of wood left by contractors and even nails because, as we remember, rust is also a kind of fungus.

Carrying the special vapor barrier to the crawl space.


The entrance to the crawl space.
Really easy access!
No head room.
Spreading out the material.
View of both sides of the material.
Not finished.
Attaching to foundation walls.
Close look at the material.


As stated above, I am not endorsing the CleanSpace system.  I think it has many interesting features, but it is not perfect for many reasons, chief of which is that while the basic material itself seems relatively chemically stable, the other items used in installation emit a truly horrible odor, very intense and awful.

On the positive side, my house is dry.  For the first time since I moved in, light bulbs do not pop when I flip a switch.  There is also less dust.  The air filters are lasting longer, but the air is not fit to breathe.  It is ghastly toxic and completely unhealthy.  Too bad!  This is another good idea that came highly recommended which is too imperfect for use in any space where air from the encapsulated area mixes with air in occupied areas. Perhaps there is an alternative material to the one that has too many VOCs to be considered safe.

One of the contractors at the mold seminar I attended said he stopped using the CleanSpace system and went to a kind of concrete that is sprayed into the crawl space.  It is treated with some sort of polymer that makes it water proof.  It is applied evenly, about three inches thick.  It takes about a month to cure and then is strong enough to bear weight should one need to crawl on it.  He said it costs roughly twice what the CleanSpace costs.  I was unable to locate anyone familiar with this material and the cost seemed prohibitively expensive; moreover, the idea that the material would take so long to cure seemed dangerous because there would be a lot of moisture involved in the process so the risks of mold growth might be aggravated until the evaporation has run its course.


CleanSpace Encapsulation System: $6250.  Warranty is 25 years. Additional expenses were incurred for removal of mold-contaminated insulation, cleaning following removal, and installation of exhaust fan.


Ingrid Naiman
16 November 2005
Updated 11 December 2006


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