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Why Your Home Needs Crawl Space Insulation

You may not give much thought to insulating your crawl space. But high humidity in soil makes crawl spaces susceptible to moisture and deterioration. The humidity causes the crawl space to become damp and this environment can attract mold, dust and dirt, rodents and insects.

This unhealthy environment in your crawl space directly affects your home and family. Since air flows from the ground upward, the moist air from your crawl space and all the contaminants flow up into your living space.

Benefits of insulating your crawl space:

  • Increased comfort – The temperature in your crawl space will be regulated so you will have less drafts and cold spots in the rooms above your crawl space.
  • Better air quality – The air you breathe will be cleaner because it will contain less pollutants.
  • Energy savings – With proper insulation in your crawl space, your HVAC system will be able to work less to regulate the air in your home.
  • Money savings – Because your heating and cooling system will be more efficient, your energy usage will be decreased, saving you money on your monthly bills.

Insulating and sealing your crawl space is important for the health of your home and family. Contact us to schedule your crawl space estimate.

How to protect pipes in crawl space

Because your crawl space has air vents and is in contact with the ground, it is exposed to outside elements. This could cause pipes in your crawl space to freeze during even a brief cold spell. It is important to take precautionary steps to protect your crawl space before temperatures dive. If not, you could end up with burst pipes.

Some of the most common quick fixes are incorrect and simply do not work. These fixes include closing the air vents, letting your faucets trickle, or wrapping vents and pipes. There are many reasons why these fixes do not work:

  • Closing air vents can cause moisture buildup leading to possible mold and wood rot.
  • Leaving the faucet running during a hard freeze can cause water buildup in pipes causing them to crack, split or become completely blocked off.
  • Wrapping pipes and vents can be a bad idea. The condensation that comes with a humid climate can get trapped under the insulation and cause mold to grow.

The best solution is to insulate your crawl space to help maintain a consistent temperature in your crawl space. This reduces the likelihood of freezing pipes or condensation buildup and can help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home.

Contact a professional insulation expert for a quote. Call ABS Insulating and we can help!

 

 

How much do gutters cost?

Rain gutters are an important part of a home’s function as well as its beauty. Rain gutters help protect your home’s structure from costly water damage and can extend the life of your home. Rain gutters can also add beauty to your home. With many colors and styles available, rain gutters can add a finishing touch to your home’s exterior.

The cost of rain gutters can vary. Factors that influence the cost of rain gutters include the size, material, addition of leaf gutter protection and more. Gutters come in a variety of sizes, most common are 5” and 6” gutters. Adding leaf protection to a new gutter system can help prevent debris from accumulating in the gutters and can help them to function properly.

What is most important is to have rain gutters professionally installed. If gutters are not properly installed, water can leak behind exterior walls and pool around the foundation. Be sure your home is properly protected and hire a professional gutter company. The gutter pros at ABS Insulating provide free estimates and can help protect your home from costly water damage.

Allergy Symptoms? Air Seal!

Family enjoying Air Sealing

Springtime in Charlotte, NC means summer and long, fun-filled days are coming soon. If you suffer from allergies, spring and summer may not be seasons that you welcome. Dust and pollutants can enter your home through your home penetration points which exist around windows, HVAC venting, can lights and chimneys. The allergens then reside in the air you breathe and can worsen allergy or asthma symptoms.

By air sealing your home, you can prevent outside pollutants from infiltrating your home. Additionally, after air sealing your home, you and your family will be more comfortable all year long. Drafts will be reduced and the temperature inside your home will be easier to regulate. An additional benefit is that your energy bills may be lower than if your home is not air sealed.

Always hire a professional when air sealing your home whether it is an existing home or a new build. A professional is able to detect penetration points in your home that are not visible to the naked eye and will ensure that your home is thoroughly and correctly air sealed.

Interested in air sealing? Contact our office to schedule your free air sealing estimate!



Crawl Space Inspection in Charlotte, NC

Times flies and it is already spring! We will enjoy more sunshine and warmer weather. But it also means winter snow and ice will be melting and we can expect spring showers.

It is important to make sure that your crawl space is in good condition so water does not enter and your home maintains its structural integrity.

To prepare your home for spring, keep these tips in mind when you examine your crawl space:

INSULATION
If your crawl space is correctly insulated and conditioned, the floors in your home will sustain a more even temperature. Consider using spray foam insulation if you decide to insulate your crawl space. One benefit of spray foam is that it insulates, seals cracks and other penetration points in one process.

You can add storage space and increase the square footage of your home by totally sealing your crawl space (also known as a conditioned crawl space).

CRACKS
The formation of cracks in your crawl space walls is common. These cracks should be sealed to keep moisture and pests out of your crawl space. Spray foam can help by insulating and air sealing in one step.

DRAINAGE
By directing drainage away from your foundation you will help keep water from coming into your crawl space. With proper drainage away from your home, water will flow away from your crawl space. If you notice that water is pooling around your home, it is time to call a landscape architect or other professional to correct this issue by adding grading around your home.

With the arrival of Spring, now is a great time to check out your crawl space. Contact our office to schedule a free estimate. Give us a call if you have other crawl space or insulation questions!

Retrofit Insulation for a Commercial Space

Commercial Retrofit Insulation by ABS InsulatingLooking for retrofit insulation for a commercial space or warehouse? There are many great insulation
products to meet your need. One cost effective solution is the RetroShield® System.

Venturini Motorsports is located in Concord, NC. Their facility was insulated 20 years ago. That insulation began to fail which affected comfort and energy efficiency, not to mention it was visually unappealing. After considering other insulation methods, Venturini Motorsports chose the RetroShield® System.

This system uses patented Clip & Pin components that are installed in one pass to reduce any down time. In addition to adding R-value and increasing energy efficiency, RetroShield® helps brighten the workspace and improves the overall appearance.

If you are looking for a retrofit insulation solution for your commercial space or warehouse, we can help! Contact ABS Insulating to discuss your project.

Attic Insulation in Charlotte, NC

Why Invest in Insulating My Attic in Charlotte, NCMost people think that insulating their attic is unnecessary and a waste of money because no one lives
or sleeps there, right? Wrong! Insulation will help keep your home’s inside temperature cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Insulation adds a lid to your home to keep the heat from escaping in the cold months and warm air from entering your home from the outside in the warm months.

After thoroughly cleaning your attic to get rid of any pest remains or droppings, air sealing and insulation should be installed. Air sealing closes any openings that might allow moisture, outside air or pests to enter. Insulation creates a thermal barrier to prevent heat transfer between conditioned and unconditioned spaces.

Attic insulation can assist in reducing energy cost and make your home more comfortable. Contact us today to discuss your home’s attic insulation.

Insulate & Seal Crawl Space in Charlotte

Winter is around the corner. Unless you’ve invested in home energy improvements this year, your home will be as inefficient and uncomfortable this winter as it was last year. If your home has a crawl space, sealing and insulating your crawl space can dramatically improve your home’s comfort, reduce energy bills and improve the quality of air inside your home.

Today’s building science proves that what’s underneath your home affects the inside comfort. A home’s natural airflow is from bottom to top (floor to ceiling). As your home naturally breathes, air is drawn up from the basement or crawl space, through the living area and out the attic. This natural airflow means air from a moist crawl space (and everything in the crawl space) flows up and into your home’s living area.

Here are three reasons to insulate your crawl space before winter:

  1. Improved air quality
    Crawl spaces are naturally damp. As your home breathes, air from your crawl space flows into your home’s living space through penetration points around wiring, plumbing holes and more. This means the air in your crawl space is mingling with the air you breathe. Not only is this distasteful, it’s unhealthy. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will improve the air quality and help keep pollutants out of your home.
  2. Lower energy bills
    Does your furnace run more than you’d like during winter? This is a result of your HVAC system heating air from the crawl space that’s mingling with the air that’s already been heated. This means your HVAC system is continually working to maintain your home’s internal temperature. This results in higher energy bills and more wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  3. A more comfortable home
    An unfinished crawl space affects your home’s everyday comfort. Are your floors cold? Is your main living area significantly cooler than the upper level of your home? Sealing and insulating your crawl space will help with these issues. After a short time in an uncomfortable home, you’ll wish you had invested in insulating your crawl space.

You may have other questions about your crawl space. We welcome you to contact us to discuss your specific situation. Ready to upgrade your crawl space? Contact us to schedule a free crawl space estimate.

Four Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Prepare your home for winter with ABS Insulating

Even though we like to hold onto summer as long as possible, winter will arrive in no time. If you are once again waiting for the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter, you will suffer with higher than necessary energy bills. This year, stay ahead of the season and get to work on these four tasks:

  1. Tune Up Your Furnace
    Your home’s heating system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Routine servicing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
  2. Check Your Insulation
    A fresh blanket of insulation in your attic adds a thermal layer of protection. Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on energy bills. Take it a step further by sealing air leaks in your attic floor as well as around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other penetration points around your home.
  3. Maintain Your Rain Gutters
    Fall is the time when leaves, sticks and other debris pile up in your gutters. This debris can cause poor water drainage and harm to your home’s foundation. This is the time of year to add gutter leaf protection and have your rain gutters checked for damage.
  4. Add a Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and lifestyle. A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use, including heating and cooling costs. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.

If your home needs an insulation upgrade, gutter repair or gutter protection, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!