April Showers mean May crawl space problemsSpring rain and thaw can reveal problems in your crawl space  that may have gone unnoticed over the winter. Here are some common problems found in crawl spaces this time of year, and how insulation can help!

Drainage problems can wreak havoc in your crawl space. This contributes to a host of other problems and can lead to more significant problems including structural damage. Your home may need exterior grading to divert water away from the foundation, and sealing with spray foam can help as well.

Critters & Bugs
You might unknowingly be providing free room and board to some pesky tenants and not even know it! Crawl spaces are ideal for pests for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Damp environments are the perfect habitat for insects to flourish
  • Leaky heating ducts provide warmth to critters in the winter
  • Wet/damp wood framing provides an excellent food source for termites, and other destructive insects.
Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will prevent access points to your crawl space, as well as eliminate moisture and warmth factors that attracted the pests in the first place.

Mold
Mold allergens in the crawlspace can move into the living spaces of the home and cause respiratory difficulties in individuals with allergies and asthma. If mold is found in your crawl space it must be removed by a properly certified company. You can help by having your crawl space sealed before this problem starts.

Poor Air Quality
Although not included in your home's square footage, the crawl space is still part of the building envelope. It has a direct impact on the air quality in the living area of your home. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home through your home's floor and unsealed air penetrations (like ducts and flooring gaps from wiring, conduit, and plumbing). If there are indoor air quality issues in the crawl space, they are guaranteed to impact the living areas in the floor above.

Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will improve the air quality in your home by eliminating the causes of the problems as well as sealing your home preventing air infiltration.

Contact or call us today for a free estimate to air seal and insulate your crawl space. Or call us with questions about your crawl space issues.
Our team believes in working hard, and enjoying some fun times together, too! Our sales team recently spent a fun evening at Escape Rehoboth in Rehoboth Beach DE. The event is set up like a live version of the board game Clue. Guests are in a room that is theme-decorated and they search the room for clues.

Each team has up to 60 minutes to find all the clues. Our team found all the clues in 43 minutes – the fastest time out of our room was 41 minutes!

After this fun event, the team headed to Big Fish Grill for dinner. A big thank you to our team members who made this a great event!
In case you haven't heard, the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit has been renewed! This is great news if you plan to make any energy efficiency updates to your home this year. It is also a great reminder to apply any updates you made last year to your taxes this year. You could be eligible for a tax credit up to $500!

Here is a list of product eligible for tax credits.
(To be eligible these projects must be complete by December 31, 2016.)

Building envelope improvements
  • Insulation materials and systems
  • Exterior doors and windows, including skylights
  • Roofs—pigmented roofs designed to reduce heat gain, and asphalt roofs with cooling granules

Heating, cooling, and water heating equipment
  • Advanced main air circulating fan
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil furnace or hot water boiler
  • Electric heat pump water heater
  • Electric heat pump
  • Central air conditioner
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil water heater
  • Biomass stoves

These products have specific requirements to qualify for the tax credit so make sure you review the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit requirements before making a claim on your taxes or planning a project for 2016.

Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
If you have set your sights on a larger renewable home energy project for this year like a solar energy system or even a geothermal heat pump, you're in luck too! Those tax credits have been renewed as well. Be sure to read the details on the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit requirements before planning your project.

Have questions on how upgrading your insulation would apply to these tax credits? Give us a call!
It doesn't take bitter cold to freeze a water pipe. Temperatures only have to dip to about 20°F for a few hours for an exposed water pipe to be at risk of freezing.

The solution is to keep these pipes from being exposed to cold temperatures. Here's how:
  • Insulate the walls to protect pipes.
  • Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics with insulation sleeves.
  • Re-route pipes to an inside wall.
  • Seal any cracks in the foundation or walls that allow pipes to be exposed to cold air.
  • If pipes are in an outside wall to reach a bathroom or kitchen, keep cabinet doors open below the sink to allow warm air to reach pipes and keep them from freezing.

Call us! We can help make sure your home is properly air sealed and insulated.
Adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways a homeowner can save money on their annual energy bills! No matter the season, insulation helps to keep your heating or cooling bills in line. Thanks to the renewed energy tax credit, you can save both on your utility bill and your insulation investment!

Here is what you need to know to take advantage of the offer:

Have questions? Contact our office. 








Have a crawl space? You may have big problems.

Crawl spaces are susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Why? Soil has high humidity that can cause a crawl space to become damp. This damp environment can be unhealthy, harboring mold and creating an ideal living space for pests.

Think this damp space is isolated and doesn’t affect the interior of your home? Think again. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home.











By properly air sealing and insulating your home’s crawl space, you win by:
  • creating a more comfortable and more healthy living environment for you and your family
  • saving on energy costs by not having to heat or cool the air from the crawl space that is pulled into your home due to natural air flow
  • creating additional storage space for your home by creating a clean and dry space beneath your home

Contact Us to schedule your free estimate!

Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product, insulating and air sealing in one step.

Unlike fiberglass or cellulose insulation, foam insulation expands when applied and completely fills a cavity to prevent air leakage and keep energy bills low. Spray foam insulation can also increase the strength of your home, helping to increase stability during high winds and severe storms.

Open cell spray foam has a density of 0.5 pounds per cubic foot. It is made up of cells of foam that are not completely closed. The cells are broken and air fills all of the “open” space inside of the material. Open cell spray foam insulation has an r-value of 3.4 to 4.5 per inch.

Closed cell spray foam has a density of 2.0 pounds per cubic foot. The cells are closed and packed tight together. They are filled with gas that helps the foam rise and expand. Closed cell foam is very dense, and therefore has greater insulating properties. Closed cell spray foam insulation has an r-value of 5.4 to 7.2 per inch.

We provide free estimates. Contact us to schedule a meeting with an estimator.

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