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Crawl Space Waterproofing & Encapsulation Articles

What You Need To Know About Vapor Barriers

Controlling moisture has challenged builders for thousands of years. Too much of it inside a structure can lead to rot, mold, insect infestations. Consequently, roofs and siding, weather-tight windows and doors, and waterproofed basements were developed. It's one thing, however, to keep water out but an entirely different thing to keep water vapor out. Water vapor sneaks into (or out of) your home unseen. It rides upon air currents or it simply migrates from areas of high moisture and high temp...

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Crawl Spaces In Flood Zones

What to do about insulation, encapsulation, flood vents and more It's time to put our attention on how things change when your crawl space is located in a flood-prone area. Getting the details right can help avoid major property damage during a flood. The rest of the time, recommended safety measures might help lower your flood insurance rates. A visit to the website of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will provide you with plenty of information about flood risks in your area...

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Crawl Spaces And Cold Feet

Your floors are cold but the last time you checked, the floor joists above the crawl space were stuffed with batts of fluffy insulation. What gives? Homeowners whose homes are built over crawl spaces may wonder about this. Or they may simply turn up the thermostat and resign themselves to higher utility bills. Regardless, it's not really a mystery if you understand why a crawl space insulated with fiberglass is a really batty idea. First consider that most crawl spaces are not sealed. War...

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What's In Store For Your Crawl Space Floor?

If you've been reading about crawl spaces on HomePro Match, this blog topic won't come as a surprise. Among the many questions and comments on crawl space topics, quite a few are about floor issues. So let's take a closer look. Here goes... It's complicated Time to 'fess up: It's not easy to get the floor details right in a crawl space. This is mainly because your treatment strategies need to successfully deal with moisture, air sealing, insulation, pests and (last but not least) appearance. ...

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Should I Close My Crawl Space Vents In The Winter?

The simple answer to the question above is: Yes. Just about anything you can do to separate your crawl space from frigid exterior conditions is a good idea. But I can’t let you off the hook with such an easy answer. To explain why, let’s remember what happened last winter, when a cold snap extended into southeastern states that don’t usually experience “real” winter. Consecutive days of sub-freezing weather caused pipes to burst in crawl spaces all across the South. Homeowners who never gave a s...

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The Crawl Space Argument: Open (Vented) Vs Closed (Encapsulated)

A new way to solve an old problem More than 27 million homes in the U.S. have crawl spaces. That number grows every year, as 15 to 20 percent of new homes continue to be built over crawl spaces. That's a lot of houses, most of which are probably suffering from a variety of problems. They include excessive moisture and what comes with it: mold and mildew, wood rot, corrosion, poor indoor air quality, and insect and pest infestation. They also include excessive energy loss (especial...

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Should I Encapsulate My Crawl Space? Five Major Benefits

When your crawl space is moist, moldy, or exposed, it can lead to a number of household issues. Crawl space encapsulation is beneficial in both humid, southern climates and cooler, dryer regions. Learn more about your below-grade space and the bounty of benefits that come with encapsulating your crawl space with the five big bonuses that come with encapsulating: Improved indoor air quality. Did you know that warm, humid air rises? This makes it essential to keep a healthy basement or ...

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