About Colorado Crawl Space in Minturn, CO

Erik Cheslock

Colorado Crawl Space

Title: Radon Specialist

Hometown: New Jersey

Erik Cheslock from Colorado Crawl Space

Erik grew up in New Jersey, which is where he became a jack of all trades as a master carpenter. He went to college in Gunnison, Colorado for Environmental Sciences. He furthered his knowledge and skill set of retrofitting homes to improve the indoor air quality, with a company back East that specialized in Radon & Volatile Organic Compound testing & mitigation. Now, he has found a niche here at Colorado Crawl Space that has allowed him to further himself & the company in order to provide the best products & services to our customers. His background in testing, designing, & installing these systems has allowed us to become Radon certified.  In his free time, Erik likes to snowboard, snowshoe, & explore the great outdoors Colorado has to offer. 

    

Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Sump Pump Replacement & Encapsulation System in Silverthorne, CO
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    Sump Pump Replacement & Encapsulation System in Silverthorne, CO
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    Sump Pump Replacement & Encapsulation System in Silverthorne, CO

    Sump pumps fail over time. Most of the time we can replace them with a SmartSump Pump System: a 1/3 HP M53 Zoeller cast iron pump, which is placed in a deep and durable liner with an airtight lid with an airtight floor drain, CleanPump Stand, and battery powered WaterWatch Alarm System.

    The liner is installed into stone and sits flush to the grade of the Earth floor. The 1.5” discharge line runs through the rim to the exterior. The exterior discharge line includes an IceGuard to prevent ice buildup, 10’ of 3” PVC discharge line buried several inches for grass to grow over it, & a LawnScape Outlet to allow gravity to expel water and help prevent debris from entering the discharge line. This unit pumps 2,580 gallons per hour at a 5’ head. After tying in the CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation System into the top of the liner and tightening down the lid - This crawlspace is protected from the devastating effects of groundwater seepage - had it been left unchecked, structural damage most likely would have cost the homeowner 10x more sometime in the future. Looks good & functions great!

  • Sewage Backup & Mold Remediation Fix in Breckenridge, CO
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    Sewage Backup & Mold Remediation Fix in Breckenridge, CO
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    Sewage Backup & Mold Remediation Fix in Breckenridge, CO

    When this crawlspace experienced the unfortunate event of a sewer back up - we were there to suck everything out with our truck mounted extraction equipment, remove the existing 6 mil loose laid plastic liner, treat & disinfect the earth, wet fog to disinfect the air, ducting, plumbing and remaining surfaces, remediate the mold from the wooden structural elements caused by the excess moisture & humidity, set up negative air to control the odor & any remaining airborne pathogens during the drying process, set up drying equipment for a 3 day dry out, & lastly upgraded the liner to the 20 mil CleanSpace Crawlsapce Encapsulation System to shut down the moisture & odor from the earth - seams overlapped & taped and the liner fastened and sealed to the perimeter foundation wall - per the Summit County Building Code. We worked with insurance to get this done ASAP and the most covered by insurance as possible. These homeowners were happy to be able to get back to living life!

  • Rodent Infestation Clean-Up & Prevention in Nathrop, CO
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    Rodent Infestation Clean-Up & Prevention in Nathrop, CO
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    Rodent Infestation Clean-Up & Prevention in Nathrop, CO

    We pulled out years of rodent carcasses, droppings, pine needle bedding, and pine cone food storage from this crawlspace. The earth was lightly regraded for the durable encapsualtion system. We boarded up the holes where rodents had chewed through, added copper wire mesh to and penetrations, and closed cell spray foamed 2" - 3" thick onto the perimeter rim assembly. The walls were already insulated with 2" foamboard, so we sealed the gaps between these as well and tied our floor liner into the 2" foamboard - which doubles as a wall liner to deflect foundation wall moisture down under the liner. 

  • How to Remove & Prevent Mold in Beaver Creek, CO
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    How to Remove & Prevent Mold in Beaver Creek, CO
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    How to Remove & Prevent Mold in Beaver Creek, CO

    Step 1 Professionally remediate mold from wooden structural elements.

    Step 2 Apply EPA registered fungicidal coating to affected wooden structural elements.

    Step 3 Encapsulate crawlspace with 20 mil cord reinforced liner - fastened and sealed.

    Step 4 Enjoy a dry, mold free, healthy home!

  • Crawlspace Converted to Storage Space in Eagle Vail, CO
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    Crawlspace Converted to Storage Space in Eagle Vail, CO
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    Crawlspace Converted to Storage Space in Eagle Vail, CO

    This crawlspace needed rodent remediation, earth preparation, & CleanSpace liner installed to create that extra "Clean Space" for storage. Looks Good!

  • Excavation & Drain to Daylight in Beaver Creek, CO
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    Excavation & Drain to Daylight in Beaver Creek, CO
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    Excavation & Drain to Daylight in Beaver Creek, CO

    We installed a perimeter drainage system to daylight by drilling a hole through the concrete to the exterior. Sometimes we can get away with doing this instead of installing a sump pump if the foundation is on a slope and we can use gravity to our advantage. This saves money on maintenance and replacing sump pumps. It is also less likely to fail and have water back up into your crawlspace. We excavated under the center girder and installed the CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation system to shut down any evaporation. Now this crawl is dry and the homeowners are worry free!

  • Full Crawlspace Makeover in Vail, CO
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    Full Crawlspace Makeover in Vail, CO
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    Full Crawlspace Makeover in Vail, CO

    We gave this crawl space a complete makeover - Mold & Rodent Remediation, Double Sump Sump System, Drainage matting under the 20 mil CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation System, 2" foamboard insulation around the perimeter foundation walls, & closed cell spray foam insulation around the perimeter rim assembly. Now the homeowner enjoys a clean, dry, healthy home!

  • Water Loss, Mold Remediation, & Structural Drying in Vail, CO
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    Water Loss, Mold Remediation, & Structural Drying in Vail, CO
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    Water Loss, Mold Remediation, & Structural Drying in Vail, CO

    We were called in to help after this home experienced a large water loss. We had to remove the wet insulation from the subfloor & perimeter exterior walls, which also had rodent contamination. With the wooden structural elements exposed we could remediate the visible mold & set up drying equipment to dry the wood to less than 15% moisture content (MC). Then we installed a sealed 20 mil CleanSpace encapsulation system over the earth and walls. Next, we air sealed the perimeter rim assembly to help keep out cold air & pests. Lastly, we reinsulated the subfloor and perimeter foundation walls to help save energy and provide comfort to the floors above. 

  • Hydro-Static Pressure Issues Fixed in East Vail, CO
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    Hydro-Static Pressure Issues Fixed in East Vail, CO
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    Hydro-Static Pressure Issues Fixed in East Vail, CO

    This cinderblock foundation wall had active groundwater seepage due to the hydrostatic pressure of the earth. We removed all falling insulation & debris, remediated the mold from the wooden joists & subfloor, isolated the damp earth and foundation walls with the 20 mil CleanSpace Encapsulation System, air sealed perimeter and subfloor penetrations, and re-insulated the foundation walls with an R19 White vinyl face batt blanket insulation. These new homeowners shouldn't have to worry about their crawlspace ever again!

  • New Construction with Radon Ready System in East Vail, CO
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    New Construction with Radon Ready System in East Vail, CO
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    New Construction with Radon Ready System in East Vail, CO

    We cleaned out the construction debris & excavated earth as necessary to install drainage matting and our sealed CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation System. The next step is to have the lowest living space of the home tested for Radon - If it tests high we can install a fan and stack to expel the Radon past the roofline into the atmosphere. We recommend testing for Radon at least every 2 years.  

  • Gravity-Fed Drain to Daylight in Vail, CO
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    Gravity-Fed Drain to Daylight in Vail, CO
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    Gravity-Fed Drain to Daylight in Vail, CO

    Most times when a home is built on the side of a mountain with elevation change - the foundation wall has a "Step Down" where there is no footing. Over time this allows an entry point for water intrusion causing erosion of the surrounding earth into the crawl space. This particular crawl space had both moisture intrusion and soil erosion which caused some structural damage to the stud wall in contact with the damp earth - which was replaced. We excavated a 30' trench from the step down and downhill 30' away from the structure to divert groundwater with a gravity-fed drain instead of installing a sump pump. After encapsulation this crawl space is in good shape! 

  • We Do Crawlspaces Right in East Vail, CO
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    We Do Crawlspaces Right in East Vail, CO
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    We Do Crawlspaces Right in East Vail, CO

    This dirty crawlspace needed a complete makeover. This is the main reason for doing the crawlspace right the first time! A cheap solution to crawlspace problems is not cost effective when we have to tear everything out a few years later in order to remediate mold and rodent infestation. To effectively control the ground water we installed a drainage system to a new airtight SmartSump Pump System to discharge water 10' past the foundation on the exterior. Secondly, we installed drainage matting under our 20 mil cord reinforced CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation System & properly fastened and sealed it around the perimeter and central footings. Lastly, we stuffed copper wire mesh and air sealed the perimeter rim assembly and subfloor penetrations and reinsulated the subfloor for protection against rodent intrusion and heat loss prevention. This would have been a lot easier if it was done right during construction, but now the homeowners rest assured their home is protected from the ground up! 

  • Water Loss, Mold Restoration, & Radon Mitigation System In Vail, CO
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    Water Loss, Mold Restoration, & Radon Mitigation System In Vail, CO
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    Water Loss, Mold Restoration, & Radon Mitigation System In Vail, CO

    During a real estate transaction - an inspection turns up what needs to be fixed with a property. This crawlspace was affected by a flood caused by a drywall screw in the pumbing in the bathroom above. The existing Radon System was not properly inslalled - the fan was in the crawlsapce (potential for radon to leak from the fan), the liner was sealed over the drywall and studs (trapping moisture and creating conditions conducive to microbial growth/structural damage), and the exteriror Radon vent pipe was only terminated 2' above the ground next to a window (potential for back drafting Radon into the home). We removed the moldy drywall firewall & insulation, cleaned and dried the wooden structural elements, installed a proper Radon/moisture mitigation system - replacing the liner and sealing it to the concrete, moving the fan to the exteriror of the structure, and running the vent stack to terminate above the roof. We replaced the fire wall with 5/8" drywall, closed the vent and air sealed the perimeter rim assembly, and reinsulated the subfloor. We also installed a SmartDrain with a WaterWatch alarm to notify the future homowners of a plumbing leak. We were able to solve all these issues, which allowed the buyer and seller to close on the propery. 

  • Crawlspace Makeover in Edwards, CO
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    Crawlspace Makeover in Edwards, CO
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    Crawlspace Makeover in Edwards, CO

    Over time, this damp crawlspace led to damp falling insulation - which is less effective and resulted in microbial growth on the floor joists and subloor. Luckily we were able to remediate the mold before any structural damage was caused. Insulation was replaced and a CleanSpace vapor barrier was installed over the floor - fastened & sealed to the face of the footings for a cost effective solution. However, we recommend keeping an eye on any moisture intrusion that may come from the foundation walls without the cleanspace wall liner tied into the floor liner - Otherwise it could fill up like a swimming pool! Luckily there is a SmartDrain installed at the lowest point of grade to allow a drain point for water that may accumulate on top of the liner from a plumbing leak.   

  • Modular Home Crawlspace Fix in Eagle, CO
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    Modular Home Crawlspace Fix in Eagle, CO
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    Modular Home Crawlspace Fix in Eagle, CO

    Most modular homes are brought on site and put together, but the crawlspace gets neglected. Over time the conditions only get worse: Groundwater from the earth and plumbing leaks from above result in mold on surfaces of the belly pan, wooden structural elements, insulation, and the exposed earth or the dusty vapor barrier not properly sealed or damaged in traffic areas overtime - resulting in that musty crawlspace smell or Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC's) - emitting into your home and leading to poor indoor air quality - ultimately affecting your health and well-being.

    We were able to clean the belly pan & apply a white fungicidal coating. We added R10 2" foamboard to the walls, closed the vents (not needed for make up air for any combustible appliances), and closed cell spray foamed the air gaps. Then we installed our 20 mil cord reinforced vapor vapor barrier to the floor and walls to create a semi-conditioned space that should last the life of the home.  

  • Crawlspace Clean-Up & Control Earth Moisture in Steamboat Springs, CO
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    Crawlspace Clean-Up & Control Earth Moisture in Steamboat Springs, CO
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    Crawlspace Clean-Up & Control Earth Moisture in Steamboat Springs, CO

    The groundwater seepage from this crawlspace had resulted in mold affecting the surfaces of the wooden structural elements and paper-faced insulation in the subfloor & walls. We removed the insulation and cleaned the structural elements - drying them & coating in a white breathable EPA registered fungicidal coating. In order to prevent this from happening again - we installed a drainage system gravity fed to a SmartSump Pump System to pump water to the exterior and away from the foundation. We also added Drainage Matting, Terrablock Floor Insulation, & sealed 20 mil antimicrobial & cord reinforced liner to the earth and walls for a true CleanSpace Encapsulation System. We air-sealed perimeter rim penetrations and reinsulated. This crawlspace is warranted to be free from minor damage to the liner and ground water on top of the liner for 25 years!

  • Radon Be Gone! in Snowmass Village, CO
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    Radon Be Gone! in Snowmass Village, CO
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    Radon Be Gone! in Snowmass Village, CO

    This homeowner's primary concern was mitigating the Radon. When other Radon contractors refused to get the job done due to height constrictions - we stepped up to plate. We had to get creative in removing obstacles & hazards - We removed the ducting in our way, remediated the mold & rodent infestation, laid down the liner across the floor & walls, and attached the liner to the foundation walls using closed cell spray foam in the inaccessible areas, ran the necessary perforated & PVC pipes and appropriately sized fans to mitigate the Radon to less than 1 pci/L (less than 4 pci/L is acceptable). This family has the piece of mind they deserve!

  • ICF Foundation Walls + Radon Liner = Swimming Pool in Carbondale, CO
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    ICF Foundation Walls + Radon Liner = Swimming Pool in Carbondale, CO
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    ICF Foundation Walls + Radon Liner = Swimming Pool in Carbondale, CO

    This crawlspace had an existing Radon Liner installed, but the installers ignored the evidence of moisture coming in through the Insulated Concrete Forms or ICF's. The simple solution: we added the 12 mil cleanspace wall liner, pulled back the existing liner from the face of the footings, & tied it into the wall liner using butyl tape between the seams & 4" white top tape for a clean finish. We also sucked out the standing water that was accumulating atop of the radon liner & cleaned the entire liner with a botanical disinfectant. This crawlspace should be good to go!

Serving CO including the Greater Vail area
Cities in Chaffee County, CO
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Cities in Clear Creek County, CO
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Cities in Eagle County, CO
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Cities in Garfield County, CO
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Cities in Grand County, CO
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Cities in Lake County, CO
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Cities in Moffat County, CO
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Cities in Park County, CO
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Cities in Pitkin County, CO
Aspen
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Cities in Rio Blanco County, CO
Meeker
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Cities in Routt County, CO
Clark
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Phippsburg
Steamboat Springs
Toponas
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Cities in Summit County, CO
Breckenridge
Dillon
Frisco
Silverthorne

Our Locations:

Colorado Crawl Space
1901 S. Main Street
Minturn, CO 81645
1-970-827-4210
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