“The Dirt” On Crawl Spaces

The only reason to build a home with a dirt crawl space is to save money. A dirt crawl space is cheaper than a concrete floor. However, a house with a dirt crawl space is dysfunctional. We would never create a basement with a dirt floor – so why do we have dirt floor crawl spaces? Homeowners typically don’t go into their crawl space unless they have to. But if you care about rotting, mold, allergies, asthma, drafts, smells, or the general comfort of your home, your crawl space is worth addressing. Your house is one building. The air from your crawl space mixes throughout the rest of your house. Since air flows upward into the upper levels of your home, it brings the air – and the humidity – from the crawl space with it (this is known as the stack effect). The problem can also be caused by the ducts of your HVAC system.

How Can You Fix the Problems Associated with a Dirt Crawl Space?

Here at Weatherseal, we believe in implementing a 4 step solution:

  1. Fix any water leakage to prevent further moisture problems
  2. Isolate the house from the earth with a ground cover
  3. Seal the vents and other outside air leaks
  4. ‘Condition” or dehumidify your crawl space air

Interested? Contact us for a consult and free estimate!

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Foundation Waterproofing

Using Mar-flex 5000, we can waterproof any structure with an adhesive seamless barrier that coats your foundation with a high-quality membrane.

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Spray Foam Insulation

The spray application method allows for continuous insulation and an air sealing barrier on walls, roofs, in tight corners, and all contoured surfaces.

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Cellulose Insulation

Made of 75-85% recycled paper, cellulose is the most environmentally friendly and efficient way to insulate your new or existing residential or commercial buildings.

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Green Remodeling

Beyond energy efficiency, we’ll work with you on a number of eco-friendly building improvements that help you qualify for certifications such as LEED for Homes or ENERGY STAR.

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Fiberglass Insulation

Made of up to 40% recycled materials, fiberglass is available as blown-in loose fill, rolls, or batts, and is one of the best ways to reduce your energy bills.

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Radiant Barriers

In a climate such as Virginia’s, radiant barriers or “foil insulation” can be used in tandem with other materials to reduce cooling bills in the summer.

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Energy Audits

We’ll find the leaks and shortfalls of your current insulation, then provide a cost-effective plan that works for you and your project.

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Weatherization

Optimizing your building’s energy efficiency is one of the best investments you can make for comfort, lower bills, a reduced carbon footprint, and air quality.

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Crawl Space Encapsulation

Vented crawl spaces are no longer the way to go. Reduce excess moisture and prevent mold growth by isolating the crawl space from outside moisture.

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Mold Remediation

From the lab test to the mold removal to prevention systems, our whole-home approach to air quality ensures comfort and safety for your family.

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