Did you know that over half of the air in your home comes from your crawl space/basement? That means if you have issues in your crawl space like mold, mildew and wood rot, you are breathing all of that in. Your crawl space is just one part of your home and much like your body, if one system isn't properly attended to, it can seriously affect the entire structure. We offer a variety of solutions to help get your crawl space to a healthy place and will never try to push you into something that is unnecessary to your situation.
The stack effect is the process in which warm air leaves a home through the attic and upper levels. As this warm air leaves, a vacuum is created below, and new air is pulled upwards through the basement, crawl space, and lower levels.
The colder air being pulled in also introduces moisture into your home and is a major source of energy loss.
Humid air is pulled into the crawl space because of the Stack Effect. Once this humid air comes in, it condenses on the surfaces of your crawl space and usually drips down, causing standing water. Over time, this standing water and humidity can lead to mold, wood rot and energy inefficiency.
Open crawl space vents are an invitation for the outside air to come into your home. For years, many people thought you needed vents to cool off the crawl space and dry it out. However, studies have shown that open vents actually cause more issues in a crawl space than if there were not vents at all.
Improper drainage, clogged footer drains, and the Clay Bowl Effect can all introduce ground water seepage into your crawl space. Additionally, there is always some moisture in open dirt crawl spaces and that moisture evaporates and re-condenses onto surfaces in your crawl space. All of this creates an environment conducive to crawl space problems.
Sometimes joists are spanned as far apart as the builder can get away with. This may save them money, but it causes problems for the homeowner. In addition to humid environments making wood floors bouncy and uneven, over-spanning joists takes away the necessary support of your floor system. This can contribute to major structural damage.
A full encapsulation, paired with dehumidification, creates a moisture free environment that helps to keep your crawl space mold and rot free, as well as providing a much healthier air quality.
We offer multiple liners to help you control your budget, but no matter which route you choose, it will still be a fraction of what the big companies charge.
Not everyone wants or needs to commit to a full encapsulation. A vapor barrier to cover the majority of the floor area in the crawl space can lower the amount of evaporation and humidity and may slow down some of the associated problems. We offer a variety of liners from a standard 6mil to a fiber reinforced 20mil. With our heavier duty liners, we lay down enough extra material to give you the option to fully encapsulate down the road if you decide it's right for you.
For crawl spaces with water intrusion issues, we offer EZ Flow drainage pipe. This is a slotted corrugated pipe, surrounded by poly-rock, and wrapped in a geotextile fabric. It's durable, crush-proof and has a 100-year lifespan. EZ Flow has been designed to take water out of the soil and pipe it to a safe discharge point, such as our sump pump system.
Sump pumps are the heart of the interior drainage system. We proudly use Zoeller sump pumps because of their over 70 year reputation of excellence.
We customize each sump pump system to your specific needs, whether it's a single pump system or a dual pump system with a battery back up & anywhere in between.
Delta MS drainage matting provides additional support and protection to the vapor barrier in areas of high traffic.
Delta MS also provides a more efficient pathway for groundwater to move underneath the liner by alleviating the suction effect.
Dehumidification is a key step in keeping mold and fungus from continuing to grow, as well as both helping to dry up your crawl space and eliminating musty, damp smells.
Thanks to their almost 70 year outstanding reputation, we are proud use AprilAire dehumidifiers that are sized specifically to meet the needs of your space.
Our field cut adjustable steel floor supports are the right choice for immediate stabilization of your floor system. We dig a cube, fill it with engineered stone and place a precast footer on top to help create what engineers call the 'bulb of influence.' What this means is that the pressure exerted on our supports is evenly and properly distributed, meaning you have a lasting solution.
Your home may already have rotted or broken structural floor components like joists or even your girder. While there is definitely reason to be concerned about that, you can rest assured that we are able to fix your floor system for you. We will advise you on how to best protect your investment so the same issues won't happen again, but we will never push you to take on a solution that you aren't comfortable with.
We offer a waterproof rigid foam insulation with a radiant barrier which is placed on your crawl space walls and band board, in addition to our standard practice of sealing up air vents. By utilizing this option, we create a draft free, energy efficient space that can both help your air quality and save money on your energy bills.
Copyright © 2021 I Know A Guy-Construction Services - All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Statement-This site uses Google Analytics to track site traffic.
Images may be subjected to copyright.
Powered by GoDaddy