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FlexiSpan Wall Crack Repair
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WellDuct Window Drainage
BrightWall Waterproof Panels
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SuperSump Pump System
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CleanSpace Encapsulation Vapor Barriers And Liners
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We not only adhere to the highest industry standards, we strive to be the industry leader in the home improvement related services we provide. We also use state-of-the-art products and technology which are designed to fix your home. We are the authorized Basement Systems dealer in Fairfax County, VA.

Services we offer in Fairfax County:

  • Wet/flooded basement waterproofing solutions.
  • Lifetime warranty on all perimeter waterproofing systems.
  • Crawl space sealing with CleanSpace vapor barrier.
  • 25-year warranty on crawl space encapsulation systems.
  • Financing Available
  • FREE written estimates and inspections, and fast installation
Case Studies From Fairfax County
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Closed cell spray foam insulation can look different when installed based on the type of project and the size of the space. A homeowner from McLean,...
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A homeowner in McLean, VA asked us to come out and take a look at his basement. He has a walk-up basement and the drain got clogged, leaving him with...
Job Stories From Fairfax County, VA
Quality Service Starts with Safety and Organization!

Quality jobs get done by guys with organized, safe equipment and trucks. Check out our from the inside!

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Workmanship Counts, Even When Buried

 

The 3 Pros team provides quality service, even when it is buried and cannot be seen by the customer. Some installers miss, or cheat, the final important steps in successfully sealing and conditioning a space. The do not complete the unseen work, and there can actually be gaps and holes under the improperly installed insulation. We have fixed examples where air sealing was thought to have been done by a competitor, only for the customer to come to us when their home comfort issues persisted. We have found that the air sealing completed by our competitors is sometimes done within a small radius of the crawl space entryway, and then none elsewhere, thus not fully fixing the orginal problem.

"Things that are good are seldom cheap. Things that are cheap are seldom good." Check out this tight, high-quality comprehensive insulation by the 3 Pros team. The spray foam is compact, air-tight, and neatly insulates the entire space, not just the entryway. 

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Siding Repair - Complete Solutions in Annandale, VA

This customer in Annandale had some siding that could not be re-used when we removed it to apply a treatment. Luckily, 3 Pros has a service department that is able to make repairs. We were able to repair his siding to keep his home in tip-top shape. We're committed to providing our customers complete solutions!

 

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On-Site Customer Property Protection - Vienna, VA

Even if their basement or attic experiences uncomfortable temperatures or odors, some customers hesitate to find a solution because the room contains items or furniture that they do not want to be moved or damaged in the process. This customer in Vienna, VA needed to remove damage-causing moisture from the air in their basement, but they had quite a few personal belongings that needed to be protected during the project. The 3 Pros team used ceiling to floor plastic sheeting to protect the belongings in the work space from getting dusty or damaged. To further protect the property of the customer, we laid down RAM board on the stairways to preserve the finish on them.

 

 

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Successful Waterproofing With Some Interesting Features in Chantilly, VA

A recent waterproofing project in Chantilly, VA had some additional features that exemplify the 3 Pros commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. The first photo shows this basement had piping that was very close to the wall - the following 3 photos show how the 3 Pros team successfully worked around the piping and structures near the wall to properly install our waterguard system cleanly and tightly. 

The next photos reveal a very nice CleanSpace Wall System installation. This system prevents active waters leaks on the wall and decreases the overall humidity of the basement. Finally, 3 Pros put the finishing touches on this project by insulating the rim joints to further stop uncontrolled air and vapor leaks from occurring at these points. 

 

A water Proofing Project that had some of the following features:


3) Very nice CleanSpace Wallie installation to prevent active water leaks on
the wall and "Vapor Diffusion" from increasing the level of humidity in the
basement.
4) Spray Foam Insulated Rim Joists to stop uncontrolled air leaks and vapor
diffusion from occurring at the Rim Joist.

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Commercial Crawl Space Encapsulation with Everlast Door - Oakton, VA

This project was a large crawl space encapsulation for a commercial property in Oakton, VA. The newly encapsulated floor was smooth air sealed and the spray foam was installed in a tight, neat pattern. The last photo is of the installation of an Everlast door to seal and retain the air that will now be conditioned in the crawl space. 

 

 

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An Example Of What Can Happen In An Unsealed Crawl Space

Unsealed crawl spaces with dirt floors can introduce a myriad of issues that can impact your home's energy performance as well as the environmental safety of residents and pets. Traditional household pests (mice, rats) as well as other wild animals, including snakes, racoons, and possums, can take up residency in an unsealed crawl space. This means they are likely leaving droppings behind, and sometimes the animal itself will even decompose in the crawl space. This poses a serious health risk for obvious reasons: not only do pests and animals introduce allergens and potentially disease, if they are left to rot in your crawl space the carasses can attract insects - not to mention the potential for it to start to smell!

In this picture, towards the left, you can visibly see the fur of a dead animal slightly covered with leaves. This Clifton, VA home was experiencing other crawl space issues (mold, humidity, and uncomfortable surrounding rooms) but they were shocked to see that small animals had been literally decomposing under their floorboards! The best way to avoid this issue (and the others listed) is to properly seal and insulate your crawl space. 

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Water Management Tactics for a Dry Basement

Water Management to Keep your Basement Dry

I recently watched an episode of “Ask This Old House” that related to water management in order to keep your basement dry.  Here is a link to the episode if you would like to watch it yourself:

https://www.pbs.org/video/fix-foundation-textured-ceiling-ask-toh-fu4b6y/

In this episode, Mark the Masonry Expert, discussed how the craftsmen from years ago used Water Management Practices to keep basements with stacked stone foundations dry.  I occurred to me that some of these practices can be an integral part to fixing wet basements today as 3 Pros Basement Systems Does with Basement Systems Designed Interior Water Management Systems.

Here are a few key points from this episode of “Ask This Old House” (Side note – Sharing expertise and trade secrets like they do on the show is a cornerstone of what we try to accomplish at 3 Pros Basement Systems with our customers).

1)      Stacked stone foundations are extremely porous, but yet the tactics used by the craftsman of years ago allowed them to create dry basements – Hmmm, Interesting.

2)      One of the keys to good water management is to capture the runoff from the roofs and get it away from the foundation.  Clean your Gutters, maintain your downspouts, provide solid drainage pipes to get the water away from the foundation through “Under Ground” drain lines.  3 Pros Basement Systems can help you with these tasks.

3)      Another key is to have “Proper Pitch” of the ground surrounding the house.  This means maintaining a fall of 1” per 4 feet of horizontal travel.  In the home in the show it also involved the installation of a concrete “Skirt” around the base of the exposed foundation.

4)      The third key point was to assure that plantings around the foundation do not promote “Wicking” of water towards the foundation.  This last point is contrary to what many people consider attractive landscape design in the modern era, and may not be possible.  Back in the good old days, there was very little foundation planting that was included in home design.  Interesting, look through your old family photos and you will see it, people did not plant shrubs and trees that close to the home as we to today.

These measures can, in my opinion, assist in making a complete water management system function better and more reliably.  But, as mentioned in my previous Blog:

https://www.3prosbasementsystems.com/about-us/news-and-events/34088-the-case-for-waterproofing-a-basement-from-the-inside.html

The only way to really keep the water out is to use the modern approach of installing a water management system from the inside of the home.

If you want to learn more about ways to keep your basement dry, or Basement Systems Designs for Interior Water Management Systems, call 3 Pros Basement Systems. 

Customer Question: My Walls Seem To Be Shifting - What's Happening And What Do I Do?

Similar to a crumbling foundation, shifting walls can be very disconcerting to notice and can make you feel like your whole house might not be structurally safe. Changes in the soil under the foundation and water damage can cause basement walls to warp and shift. In turn, the walls above the basement move in a similar way. This turns a foundation issue into a whole house issue that can have dangerous implications. While you may be tempted to replace your entire foundation or maybe just move somewhere else, there is another solution! Our ArmorLock system can come to the rescue to help stop those tilting and shifting walls. Super strong carbon fiber straps and brackets are fused and anchored to a heavy duty steel bracket that is screwed to the rim joist. This locks the foundation wall to the rim joist and prevents shifting soil from pushing the walls any further.

Call us today if you are experiencing issues like this and we will conduct a free inspection to find the root of the problem!

Sump Pump Installation

Properly installing a sump pump requires that you take action to appropriately handle the discharge drainage from the sump pump. We recently addressed in a home in West McLean, VA.

That requires that you get the water away from the home, that you disperse the water at the end of the pipe so as not to create erosion and that you maintain the ability to discharge water even if the drain field freezes.

We use two products that are proprietary designs of out supplier Basement Systems to achieve this goal.  First, we use Ice Guard (see photo attached), a device used to assure that the discharge water has a place to go even if the drain line is blocked with ice, or any other foreign matter.  Second, we use the Lawnscape Fitting, a device that disperses water from the end of the drain pipe to reduce the probability of erosion.  Both of these quality products can be purchased from your local Basement Systems Dealer.

Call 3 Pros if you need help with your sump pump system.

The 4 Steps to Conditioning Your Crawl Space

Repairing a damaged or dirt floor crawl space offers many benefits to the overall health and comfort of your home. There are 4 steps to completely eradicate the negative effects that the crawl space might be causing, including high humidity, musty odors, or floors that are too cold. 

Step 1: Fix Water Issues (Damage/Leakage)

Usually the first part of this step is to install a sump pump in the crawl space. To install a sump pump, our team digs a hole at the low spot of the crawl space. Any water leakage will naturally flow down to the low spot. With the sump pump installed, any water leakage will be pumped out of the crawl space instead of pooling and contributing to humidity levels and mold growth. 

Step 2: Get The Home Separated From The Earth

Once water leakage has been addressed, the next thing to do is deal with the effects of exposed earth. This can include water vapor, mold, and the intrusion of pests. Crawl space encapsulation is the way we accomplish this. We use CleanSpace, a 20 mil thick plastic liner. The CleanSpace is sealed to the upper part of the wall, around any obstructions, and at the seams. This fully waterproofs the crawl space, and actually has antimicrobial properties too!

Step 3: Seal The Crawl Space From Outside Air

Now that the crawl space will no longer have water leakage issues, it's time to address another source of moisture: air vents. Some crawl spaces have vents that are directly open to the outside. On hot summer days, this means excessively humid air is able to enter the crawl space. This is done by sealing the vents with covers or an access door if needed. 

Step 4: Dehumdify

The final step to ensuring that a crawl space will stay dry and fully conditioned is to install a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier eliminates condensation in the air that could contribute to mold growth or water damage. 

With a completely dry crawl space, a home now has additional space for storage. Most importantly, the energy efficiency, health, and comfort of the home are permanently improved.

Standing Water Causing Humidity In Crawl Spaces

Recently, a homeowner in Merrifield, VA called us because their crawl sapce leaking had gotten so bad, there were inches of standing water! In humid conditions, this standing water was beginning to cause the floors the buckle and mildew. The humidity had also allowed for mold to grow.

One of the main reasons the crawl space was leaking in the first place was because the gutters and downspouts of the property were not correctly routed to expel water away from the house foundation. Our crew set up an electric water pump in the crawl space for 2 days prior to servicing in order to properly dry out the space. We installed a much-needed new sump pump and fully treated the crawl space for mold. We also replaced the homeowner's moldy, wet insulation with our spray foam encapsulation. 

Product Profile: SmartJack

The SmartJack is a permanent solution to stabilize sagging floors in crawl spaces. It lifts the floors above the space to reach where they used to be by stabilizing the beams and floor joists. It also reduces any bounciness that might have been felt by a sagging floor. 

How it works: the SmartJack system creates a solid base of engineered fill to distribute the weight of the home. Galvanized steel columns are fitted to length and set on a foot long steel base. They are secured to girders or supplemental beams with top brackets that are adjustable. 

What's causing your sagging floors? Check your crawl space...

Overtime, some houses experience sagging floors. Sagging floors are not only unsightly and uncomfortable, they are indicative of a potentially serious foundational issue. Poor foundational support is the number one cause of sagging floors: when floor joists age and bend downward because of the weight of the home above them, this can put the structural integrity of the home at risk. Humidity and moisture in the crawl space can contribute to this, as the wooden beams can begin to rot. The solution to this is a product like SmartJack - jacks can be installed to provide support to the floor joists. Additionally, addressing the humidity in the crawl space can ensure that the rot/mold growth will not return to weaken the joists.

Clifton, VA Crawlspace Protected with SmartSump

A Clifton, VA homeowner had a crawlspace that would often gather water any time it rained. Worried about mold growth, the homeowner got online to try to find ways to prevent this moisture build-up and came across our 3 Pros Basement Systems website. They called us right away to receive their free estimate. Our sales professional went out to the home, did a thorough inspection of the crawlspace, and offered solutions to fix this moisture issue. The homeowner selected what work they wanted to be done and our production crew got to work! To remove the water as it builds up in the crawlspace, we installed a SmartSump sump pump on the floor of the space. The SmartSump will take in the water, and push it up and out of the crawlspace through a PVC discharge line. We then attached an UltraSump backup battery to the SmartSump to keep it pumping even when the power in the home goes out. The UltraSump holds enough power to evacuate 11,000 gallons of water from the crawlspace. With these two products in place, the crawlspace should be water-free for many years to come! 

CleanSpace Resolves Moisture Problem in Clifton, VA

Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman, living in Clifton, VA, had an exceptionally moist crawlspace. The moisture content was high enough to enable mold growth within the space. Mold creates an unhealthy atmosphere and these homeowners needed to find a solution to remedy this moisture problem. They found 3 Pros Basement Systems and upon receiving their free estimate, hired us to get the job done. To hold moisture back, we lined the crawlspace with Drainage Matting. This allows the moisture to drain back into the surrounding soil before reaching the center of the space. We then encapsulated the crawlspace with a CleanSpace Liner. This liner is made of thin plastic, that completely locks out any moisture that would have otherwise found its way into the space. Finally, we installed a SaniDry CX dehumidifier in the crawlspace. This dehumidifier takes all of the moisture from the air and pumps the dry air back into the space. With the installation of these products, the mold died off, leaving behind a dry and healthy crawlspace.

Serving the following Fairfax County, VA zip codes
Annandale 22003, Alexandria 22310, Alexandria 22307, Alexandria 22312, Alexandria 22308, Alexandria 22315, Alexandria 22303, Alexandria 22309, Alexandria 22306, Burke 22015, Centreville 20120, Lorton 22079, Springfield 22153, Mc Lean 22101, Reston 20191, Springfield 22152, Centreville 20121, Springfield 22150, Mc Lean 22102, Chantilly 20151, Fairfax Station 22039, Great Falls 22066, Oakton 22124, Reston 20190, Springfield 22151, Reston 20194, Fort Belvoir 22060, Herndon 20172, Herndon 22095, Herndon 20170, Herndon 20171, Herndon 20192, Fairfax 22031, Fairfax 22035, Fairfax 22032, Fairfax 22036, Fairfax 22033, Fairfax 22037, Fairfax 22034, Vienna 22185, Vienna 22181, Vienna 22182, Vienna 22183, Vienna 22180, Falls Church 22044, Falls Church 22041, Falls Church 22042, Falls Church 22043, Dunn Loring 22027, Clifton 20124, Merrifield 22118, Greenway 22067, Springfield 22159, Mc Lean 22108, Chantilly 20153, Burke 22009, Merrifield 22119, West Mclean 22103, Centreville 20122, Lorton 22199, Springfield 22160, Reston 20195, Mc Lean 22109, Reston 22096, Springfield 22156, Mount Vernon 22121, Mc Lean 22106, Merrifield 22081, Springfield 22161, Reston 20196, Merrifield 22116, Springfield 22158, Newington 22122, Mc Lean 22107, Merrifield 22082
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