We recently completed a project for the Indian River School District for their expansion to the Georgetown Elementary School/Georgetown Middle school complex. They are in the process of completing an eight classroom expansion. We applied over 6,000 square feet of Agribalance Open Cell spray foam from Demilec which also included a thermal barrier.
Applying spray foam insulation reduces air leakage which will improve energy efficiency, and reduce moisture intrusion, and reduce outside contaminants such as dust, dirt, and allergens.
The entire addition is scheduled to be completed in July of this year.
Conditioned crawl spaces are designed to increase the building envelope, which essentially makes the crawl space part of the house. For this recent Camden, DE project (and most crawl space conditioning projects we do), foam board was installed around the walls of the crawl space and then covered with poly liners. After that was complete we air sealed between the floor of the house and the top of the crawl space.
And by running a duct from the house into the crawl space to heat or cool it, the temperature of the floor on the main level of the home is regulated from below, making the home more comfortable.
Let’s not forget one more benefit – the additional storage space in a conditioned crawl space! Want to see the valuable real estate could be hiding under your home? Give us a call!
Spring 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 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!