If a home is built on a crawl space, it can mean trouble. Because a crawl space is in direct contact with the ground, the impact it can have on a home and residents is significant. Here are four problems that can be caused by a crawl space and how spray foam insulation can help:
- MOISTURE DAMAGE
Moisture is the number one enemy of a crawl space. Moisture damage from drainage and its direct contact with the earth can go unnoticed and lead to a host of other problems! Air sealing and insulating your crawl space as well as ensuring proper drainage around your home can help eliminate moisture and any associated problems.
- POOR AIR QUALITY
The air quality within a crawl space has a direct impact on the air quality inside your home. As your home naturally breathes, moist air flows up from the earth. The damp air in a crawl space gets pulled into living areas of a home through unsealed areas between the crawl space and the first floor of your home (such as air ducts, wiring holes, plumbing penetrations, etc). Any air quality issues in a crawl space are guaranteed to impact a home’s living area.
Damp conditions in a crawl space create ideal living conditions for pests, combined with any warmth from heating ducts and the wood joists that serve as a food source. Using spray foam insulation to insulate and air seal a crawl space eliminates access points for pests and the moisture that attracted them in the first place.
- LOST ENERGY DOLLARS
If the integrity of a home’s structure and indoor air quality isn’t enough to convince a homeowner to insulate and air seal a crawl space, consider the impact on energy bills. An unsealed crawl space can lead to uncomfortable temperatures on the first floor of a home, uneven temperature between rooms and elevated heating and cooling bills.
Your crawl space is a huge opportunity to save energy, save money and improve a home’s indoor air quality. Upgrading your crawl space is an investment in your home and your family’s health. What are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule your free estimate!