Category: crawl space insulation

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!

 

 

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!

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.

Why Insulate & Seal Your Crawl Space Before Winter?

Smiling family with warm floors

If your home is built on a crawl space, you know firsthand the challenges it can cause. Moisture in a crawl space can cause a host of problems. A damp crawl space is an ideal living space for pests, can cause odor inside the home and can compromise the structure of your home. Insulating your crawl space can dramatically improve your home’s comfort, can help reduce your energy bills and improve the quality of air inside your home.

Don’t wait until summer to insulate and air seal your crawl space! 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 every day. Not only is this distasteful, it’s also unhealthy. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will improve the air quality will help keep pollutants out of your home.
  2. Lower energy bills
    Does your furnace run more than you would like during the winter months? This can be in part from damp, cool air from your crawl space being drawn into your home. This air then has to be heated to your comfort level, requiring additional effort for your HVAC system – and additional energy use. Sealing your crawl space will help keep winter energy bills in line and help your HVAC system maintain a longer life.
  3. A more comfortable home
    An unfinished crawl space affects your home’s everyday comfort. Are your floors cool during winter? Is your main living area cooler than the upper level of your home? Sealing and insulating your crawl space can help moderate the temperature in your crawl space and keep cool air away from your floors.

Crawl space problems don’t go away, but they can be corrected! Don’t let another season go by with a damp crawl space. Contact our office with your crawl space questions or to schedule a free crawl space estimate.