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FAQ

  • How do I know if my crawl space needs encapsulated?

    1. You are beginning to notice the the first level floors of your home may becoming uneven, or have some sag.
    2. Your home is beginning to smell, a lot like “gym socks”.
    3. It smells like there is a dead animal in your home.
    4. You can notice standing water around the footing of my crawl space.
    5. The crawl space vents are always left open.
    6. When you are able to inspect your crawl space and see rotting wood, sagging floor joists, or their is fiberglass insulation that has begin to fall to the ground..
    7. You have noticed increased pest coming through the crawl space vents.
    8. Your home has been tested for high levels of radon gas.
    9. The backfill around your crawl space has low points that collect and trap water.
    10. The crawl space footer is bending, has noticeable cracks, or has some other damage to it.
  • Is it bad that my crawl space is wet?

    Moisture in the crawl space under your home will eventually cause a lot of damage. This moisture will eventually weaken the wood of your floor joists and beams that bear much of the weight of your home. As these structures begin to rot, the overall structural integrity of your home will begin to weaken. The rotting wood also acts as an attractant to various pest; including, termites, spiders, roaches, snakes, mice, and rats.

    The moisture will also aid in the growth of dangerous mold and mildew. As this fungus grows, it will begin to release microscopic spores into the air. These spores over time will find their way into being inhaled in to occupants of the home, and can possible make them very ill. Mold can have a very negative impact on your health, and cause several different health conerns ranging from asthma attacks, other respitory problems, cold and flu like symptoms, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, and eye irritation.

    Did you know that as much as 50% of the air you are breathing in your home came from your crawl space? This is the reason that having mold growing in your crawl space can be so dangerous. If you are seeing mold in your crawl space it may also be a sign that you are experiencing high humidity levels.

  • What are some warning signs that I have a wet crawl space?

    1. The first floor of your home is experiencing sagging or uneven floors.
    2. The home is developing some nasty odors.
    3. You are noticing a lot of pest in your crawl space.
    4. There is water puddling up along the footing of your crawl space
    5. Home occupants are experiencing symptoms common to mold problems.
    6. You have noticed an increase in energy cost to heat and cool your home.
  • Why is it important to encapsulate and seal a crawl space?

    If you properly seal your crawl space you prevent excess moisture from entering the home. In return you will notice a decrease in pests, lower humidity, help maintain structural integrity of the home, and create a healthier living environment.

    Since the conditioned air inside your home is no longer able to escape outside, you will not be putting any extra burden or your furnace or air conditioner. This helps provide maintain cooler air in the summer, and hotter air in the winter. This will result in an increase in energy efficiency and lower utility bills.

  • What steps are involved in encapsulating a crawl space?

    1. Use spray foam to insulate the space and prevent conditioned air from escaping the crawl space.
    2. Install the proper vapor barrier to seal off the walls and earth.
    3. Ventilation may be added through duct work or a mechanical fan. Vents should be closed or sealed to minimize the transfer of conditioned air.
    4. Proper installation of sump pumps, drainage, or floor drains to insure that in the event of water entering the crawl space it can be properly controlled and removed.
    5. Finish sealing the walls and doors of the crawl space.
  • Why did the builder of the home not seal and encapsulate the crawl space?

    Local codes do not require a crawl space to be encapsulated. It is an extra cost to the builders, so the crawl spaces are usually left with dirt floors and out side vents.

  • Why should I insulate my crawl space?

    Using spray foam in your crawl space can help warm cold floors, lower energy cost, and help increase the comfort of your home.

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