Crawlspace Experts in Wilmington, NC
Did you know that 50 to 60% of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawlspace? Did you also know that crawlspaces are a source of energy loss? That’s why it’s important to keep up with your crawlspace. The best way to reduce your energy costs and improve the air quality in your home is to insulate and seal the crawl space.
Many don’t think of their crawlspaces being a source of energy loss but undoubtedly, warm and cool air can escape through your home’s floor, into the crawlspace, and eventually outside.
Crawlspaces can be very challenging in Southeast North Carolina for many reasons. The 3 biggest issues people run into are:
Moisture in Crawl Spaces
After many years of hands-on experience, we’ve learned that moisture enters your crawlspace in 3 different ways:
- Water can rise up from the ground.
- Water can enter through foundation vents and access points.
- Water can accumulate around your house from your downspouts or a lack of gutters. It then can leach through your foundation and enter the crawlspace.
If you can address these 3 problem areas, you can have a worry-free and mold-free crawlspace.
3 Ways to Insulate a Crawlspace
Traditional insulation refers to installing new fiberglass insulation in the floor and securing it with support rods.
With a conditioned crawlspace we need to close all the foundation vents with a foam board and foam it into place. From there, a licensed HVAC company will tie into your existing system to blow conditioned air into the space every time your system comes on. This will bring the area under a positive pressure keeping outside humid air from entering the space, and preventing areas of the crawlspace from sweating.
The third and most long term solution is crawlspace encapsulation. With an encapsulation, once you close all of the foundation vents we install a dehumidifier that drains to daylight. This will remove any unwanted moisture from the crawlspace keeping all things that mold needs to survive out of the area.
No matter which way a homeowner decides to insulate their crawlspace, when we are done the air they breathe in their home is going to be significantly cleaner.
All About Energy Solutions can inspect your crawlspace during a free 12-point energy analysis in your home. The first thing we do is walk the perimeter. We are looking at many things such as the presence of gutters, signs of critters chewing through foundation vents and the crawlspace entrance. Once we enter the crawlspace, an All About Energy Solutions technician will be checking the existing vapor barrier, debris on the ground, signs of critters and current insulation.
Once completed, we’ll make our professional recommendations for improvement. Typically, this includes a sealing and insulation of the crawlspace, which prevents moisture and mold problems, stops pipes from freezing, and reduces the amount of energy you lose. This will also make your home feel more comfortable and improve the quality of the air you breathe in every day.
Stop wasting energy and start saving money.