Month: February 2020

crawl space encapsulation

What is the best method for finishing a crawl space?

Crawl space conditioning can be overlooked during home construction. Crawl spaces in new homes are commonly finished with basic insulation. Proper crawl space encapsulation can have a big effect on the energy efficiency and air quality of your home.

Crawl spaces are susceptible to dampness partly due to the moisture from the soil seeping into the crawl space. Moisture can attract unwanted pests and the contaminated air can flow up into your living spaces. The best solution is crawl space encapsulation which is a two-step process that combines proper insulation and air sealing. First a vapor barrier is installed, then spray foam is added along the crawl space walls to add R-value and seal any air leaks. Crawl space encapsulation results in a healthier indoor living space, lower energy consumption and a dry storage area.

If you notice that your floors are cold during winter months, your crawl space may need more insulation. Or if your home was built before 1990 there may be no insulation at all.

If you have questions about adding insulation to your home’s crawl space, our Nashville professionals can answer your questions.

 

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How to know if crawl space insulation needs to be replaced

The insulation in your crawl space may need to be replaced as your home ages. Some signs that your crawl space insulation may need replacement are:

  • Utility bills on the rise. If your home’s energy consumption increases, it is time to check your crawl space insulation.
  • Interior temperatures change. If your home is warmer than usual in the summer and colder in the winter, the temperature variation may be due to poor insulation in your crawl space.
  • Traces of pests. If you notice signs of pests in your crawl space, it is time have your crawl space evaluated and consider crawl space encapsulation.
  • Wet insulation. Damp or moist insulation can result in mold and mildew and needs to be replaced. Even if it fully dries, the spores can remain.

Crawl space encapsulation is one of the best ways to protect your home’s structure from moisture, and protect your family from mold and pests. Call our professionals at The Hayes Company in Nashville to ask about replacing your crawl space insulation.