Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation
Crawl spaces, although out of plain sight in our homes, play an important role in the health of a home. Therefore, when there are unhealthy things happening in the crawl space, there can be unhealthy results being experienced in the home. Eco-Pro Construction LLC specializes in crawl space problems of all sizes and types. Understanding some of the problems that can occur in crawl spaces and addressing them early can help homeowners avoid costly repairs, create a cleaner, healthier living space, and save money on their utility bills. The following are symptoms of a larger problem in a home’s crawl space.
Symptoms of a Crawl Space Problem
- Drywalls Cracks In The Interior
- Uneven Floors
- Foul Odors in the Home
- Heightened Allergies or Asthma Symptoms
A home is a system, and every part of that system plays a role that affects the rest of the structure. If a home’s crawl space begins to rot, grow mold, or experience structural problems, this will extend to every part of the home.
Whatever the issue, Eco-Pro Construction has the products and experience that you need to find the best solution. Crawl space repair can help avoid unnecessary future repairs, create a healthier living space, and save money on utility bills. A crawl space which has been encapsulated with a vapor barrier, can also create additional valuable storage space in a home.
Crawl Space Doors
Eco-Pro Construction LLC offers custom crawl space doors, including standard, bilco, custom, and special-ordered crawl space doors – all sealed to stop moisture from entering. By offering a range of options, clients can choose a door that suits their particular taste.
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
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 air flows upward in the home from the crawl space, bringing humidity from the crawl space with it. The negative effects brought into the home include:
- The appearance of indoor allergens, like dust mites, which aggravate asthma and allergies
- Swollen (sticking) doors and windows
- Mold in living spaces
- Decreased life on roof sheathing, shingles, and exterior paint
- Frost, condensation, or mold on the inside of windows in cool weather
- Condensation, rotting, mold in attics
- 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 the Crawl Space, It’s in the Home
The Stack Effect is when 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 a home and air from the basement or crawl space is drawn upwards through the first floor, then to the second floor. As this occurs, this air mixes and dilutes with the other air in the home. According to building scientists, 50% of the air breathed on the first floor of a house is air that came from the crawl space. In houses which have ductwork for hot air heating, the air mixes even more thoroughly throughout the home.
The fact of the matter is, whatever is in the crawl space air, is also in the air in the home – affecting the people who live there even though they may spend no time in the crawl space. If a crawl space has high humidity, there is higher humidity upwards than would normally be found. If there is mold in the crawl space, there is going to be mold spores in the living space.
Humidity in the Crawl Space
A sealed unvented crawl space has far less moisture in it then an unsealed vented crawl space. In addition, the energy loss in a home with a vented dirt crawl space is substantial. In order to save energy and make a home more comfortable, the first step is to address problems in the crawl space.
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