Vented dirt crawl spaces in Georgia are a disaster waiting to happen. The hot, humid summer air can wreak havoc on the space under your house, and the vents that are supposed to help keep it dry are actually making the problem worse by bringing in additional moisture. In this video Joe Rusk goes over the four steps necessary to transform your nasty, moldy, and smelly crawl space into a dry, clean, and healthy area. By taking these four steps, you will be protecting your crawl space from dry rot and decay, improving indoor air quality and making most homes up to 18% more efficient. First, make sure there will be no water pooling under the house by correcting grading and improving drainage. AquaGuard offers drainage and sump pump systems that were developed specifically for crawl spaces. The second step is to completely isolate the crawl space from the ground and the outside air, and include it in the building envelope as a conditioned area. That process, known as crawl space encapsulation, involves lining the floor and walls with a 20mil vapor barrier. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is the company that pioneered that technology in North Georgia and offers the most advanced crawl space liner available in industry: the CleanSpace Vapor Barrier. It is a 7 layer, UV treated 20mil liner with a built in antimicrobial layer to keep mold from growing in the treated area. The third step is to close and seal the crawl space vents to prevent exterior moisture from entering the crawl during the summer, and cold air from making your floors and rooms upstairs cold and drafty during the winter. The final step is to condition the space with a crawl space dehumidifier. AquaGuard offers ENERGY START® qualified SaniDry dehumidifiers. These energy efficient dehumidifiers are virtually maintenance free. Once you set the unit, it will automatically monitor and control humidity in the crawl space, and you will never have to worry about emptying trays. The SaniDry self-empties into the drainage system. To learn more about crawl space problems and solutions, watch our other crawl space videos, visit our website or contact us for a free estimate.
Four Steps to a Dry, Clean and Mold-Free Crawl Space
by aquaguard | May 16, 2014 |