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Thursday, September 26th, 2019 by Alyssa Sciaroni
As the warm months come to an end, is your crawl space ready for the changing seasons? Many homeowners have already started turning off their air conditioning now that the temperature has cooled and have noticed an all too familiar smell. This smell is coming from your crawl space - where the air is damp and full of mold spores. This air gets upstairs in one of two ways: the stack effect or via the HVAC system. One-third to one-half of the air that you breathe on the first floor of your home may come through your crawl space. Wouldn't you rather this air be clean and safe for your family to breathe? Here is our solution for you!
Fix the Groundwater Leakage
Is the ground of your crawl space become wet and damp after it rains? If so, you may need to install a sump pump system. Our system, the SmartSump, is a patented system designed for crawl spaces to help reduce moisture, remove water, and help control flooding.
Isolate the House from the Earth
Now that we have fixed the groundwater leakage, we want to solve your dirt crawl space problem! Turning your unusable, dirty crawl space into a clean, useable space where you can store items without concern. To do this, we line the floors and walls with our CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System.
Seal Outside Air
Now that you don’t have any moisture from the earth, you don’t need vents. We seal the vents with our CleanSpace Vent Covers, improving the outside appearance. Or insulating the vent space on the inside with spray foam. This is a better air-seal not only where the vents are, but all along the rim joist. Plus, the added thermal break of the foam insulation helps the home feel more comfortable year-round.
Keep the Air Dry
The crawl space and air leaks are finally sealed, but the space will still have some air infiltration (condensation). Some of this air “drops” in from the above living space. In order to eliminate the condensation in the space, we install our SaniDry Sedona air system. With the ground water seepage under control, this will dry any basement or crawl space – no matter how damp. Some very large homes may require a second Sedona to help keep the RH at 50% in these spaces.