Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation In Easton MD
At Eco-Pro Construction LLC, we specialize in crawl space problems of all types, therefore, if you are having a problem with your crawl space, you have come to the right place. We offer FREE crawl space repair quotes in the 5 counties of the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland, however, we can still provide you a quote anywhere in Maryland. No matter what your crawl space problem is, we have the experience that you need and the most effective solution. Crawl space repair will help you avoid costly repairs, create a cleaner, healthier living space, and save money on your utility bills. And once you have encapsulated your crawl space, you have gained valuable storage space in your home should you desire. Of course, we understand you may not fully understand your crawl space, why it should be encapsulated, and what those terms might mean. Therefore, we have provided the following information to help give you a better understanding.
Crawl Space Doors
Eco-Pro Construction LLC is capable of giving you any crawl space door you can dream of. We offer standard, bilco, custom, and special ordered crawl space doors to give you a range of options and allow you to choose a door that suits your taste. Most importantly, these doors are all sealed to stop moisture from entering.
Vented Crawl Spaces
As a homeowner, you probably think your vented crawl space works perfectly fine. While this may be somewhat true, let’s talk about this. When the building codes were written, many years ago, it was decided that since there is a lot of ground moisture in our dirt crawl spaces, vented crawl spaces would be the key. The idea behind this is that the moisture from the ground would flow out through the vents; however, they didn’t take into consideration that on hot, cold, or damp days– that is the same air that would be venting these crawl spaces. What they really forgot is that air flows upward in the home– meaning you are bringing that hot, cold, or damp air into your home– around your family.
Negative Effects of Damp Crawl Spaces
As you now know, air flows upward in your home, from the crawl space. This air brings humidity from the crawl space with it. The negative effects this has on your home can end up costing you significant amounts of money including:
- The number one indoor allergen, dust mites
- Aggravated asthma and allergies
- Swollen (sticking) doors and windows
- Mold in your living spaces
- Decreased life on our roof sheathing, shingles, and exterior paint
- Frost, condensation, or mold on the inside of windows in cool weather
- Condensation, rotting, mold in your attic
- Floor damage (buckling hardwood, smelly damp carpets, etc.)
- Increased heating and cooling bill
(damp air needs more energy to cool or heat)
If It’s In Your Crawl It’s In Your Home
The Stack Effect- let me explain, air leaking out of your home, causes air to leak into your home. Warm air leaks out of your home after rising; however, new air must enter to replace the escaped air. A suction is created at the lower levels of your home– remember that nasty crawl space air?
Air from your basements or crawl space is drawn upwards through your first floor, then to the second floor. Now of course, this air mixes and dilutes with the other air in your home; however, according to building scientists, 50% of the air you breathe on your first floor is the air that came from your crawl space. If you have ductwork for hot air heating, the air mixes even more thoroughly throughout your home.
The fact of the matter is– whatever is in your crawl space air, is in your home and affecting you and your family even though you spend no time in the crawl space. If your crawl space has high humidity, there is higher humidity upwards then would normally would be. If you have mold in your crawl space– there is going to be mold spores in your living space. You get the idea, whatever is in your crawl space– is in your home.
Humidity In Your Crawl Space
According to the chart below, a sealed unvented crawl space has far less moisture in it then an unsealed vented crawl space. This ends any debate on whether your crawl space should be vented or sealed. The energy loss in a home with a vented dirt crawl space is so substantial that you can basically ignore all other options to save energy and make your home more comfortable– until you fix your crawl space problem. Should you do anything else before fixing your crawl space, you can compare it to fixing a tiny hole in your pool, but ignoring a foot wide hole on the other side.
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