Caring for Your Crawl Space

It might be a surprise to you that your home’s crawl space – an area rarely ventured into or checked on – is one of the most important parts of your home. If your crawl space is not properly sealed, you could be dealing with a host of problems, from mold and mildew to costly energy bills.
Redfin recently published a great article with some helpful tips about proper crawl space care. You can read the full article here. An excerpt is below:

“Homes with poor ventilation are more susceptible to crawl space issues than others. Without regular evaluation, you may not know there is a problem until it’s too late. Signs of excessive moisture throughout the home are often readily noticeable, but signs of moisture in your crawl space may be harder to detect. Unfortunately, moisture in a crawl space can be just as problematic, causing complications such as mildew, dust mites, mold, and wood rot. When there is nowhere left for moisture to go within a crawl space, it can then travel into your insulation, flooring, and walls to create even larger problems. Crawl spaces with exposed dirt most commonly have trouble with an excess of moisture.

[The solution?] A vapor barrier is one of the best ways to protect your home against the encroachment of moisture. Essentially a large plastic sheet placed over the base of a crawl space, vapor barriers are intended to fully cover any exposed dirt. While this doesn’t completely eliminate moisture, it does slow the process significantly. At 50 to 70 cents per square foot, sheet plastic is a cost-effective barrier for moisture in your crawl space. A vapor barrier can be a DIY project if you’re willing to get down and dirty, but the labor that goes into covering the entire ground area can be challenging to accomplish on your own. You’ll need a friend to help you pass the rolls of sheet plastic back and forth through the crawl space, or if this sounds too labor-intensive, a professional contractor may be the way to go.”

If you’re looking to update your crawl space, we can provide a free estimate! Give us a call at 804-798-1127.

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The Lifestyle of Sustainable Homes

More and more often, people are choosing to make their homes more sustainable, energy-efficient, and better for the environment. Whether it’s a new build or upgrades to an existing home, this topic is increasingly in the news and on social media feeds everywhere.
We recently came across an interesting article regarding a homeowner that went completely green with a new home build, following LEED standards all the way. The home included interesting features such as a rooftop garden, non-urea formaldehyde cabinetry, and stairs made out of reclaimed wood. You can read the entire article here – here are some of the highlights of what was included in the new home she had built:

  1. Energy-Star Appliances – there’s no incremental cost and they are obviously pre-certified for energy-efficiency.
  2. LED Lighting – more expensive than standard lighting but it creates a great return on investment.
  3. Ground-Source Heat Pump – high cost, but the system is incredibly efficient and pays for itself in about seven years.
  4. Closed-cell spray foam insulation – higher cost than standard pink fiberglass, but worth every penny in reduced energy costs and improved comfort.
  5. Triple-Pane, Low-E Windows – higher cost, but keeps temperature regulated inside home.

These are just a few of the considerations you could think about if you’re looking to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency. When it comes to insulation, give us a call at (800) 798-1127 and we will be happy to talk to you about our options!

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The Heat is On – Why You Need An Unvented Attic System

Going just by the weather, it seems like Summer is making a scene early in the year! In fact, last month clocked in as the 3rd highest April on record in Richmond, VA. With the heat kicking in and getting hot just before Memorial Day, it’s important to know the advantages of having your home properly insulated. One of the best ways to do that is with an unvented attic system.

We use spray foam to create an unvented conditioned attic. By insulating the underside of the roof deck, we prevent unwanted air infiltration as well as airborne moisture from damaging the attic structure. The sealing turns the attic into a conditioned space, which basically means we seal the home to keep the hot air out and the cool air in – where it belongs during the hot Summer.

The payoff of installing an unvented attic system:

  • A more efficient HVAC system, resulting in lower utility bills
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Prevention of airborne pollutants and mold
  • Consistent air temperature throughout home for increased comfort

If you’re considering an unvented attic system for your home, give us a call! 800-798-1127. We will be happy to come out and do an estimate for you.

 

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Keep Your Crawl Space Dry This Spring

April Showers bring May Flowers… and wet crawl spaces. The combination of moisture and the rising temperatures creates the perfect environment for a host of problems in your crawl space – including mold. Open crawl space vents, no vapor barrier or one that is ripped or not laid properly, plumbing leaks, water from the ground infiltrating the crawl space, and poorly-fitted crawl space doors are the most common reasons for moisture in the crawl space of your home.

Creative Conservation can offer solutions to your crawl space problems. We can treat mold, replace your vapor barrier and the insulation in your crawl space. We can also advise as to whether you need a dehumidifier or sump pump installed.

The optimal solution is to have your crawl space sealed. Here are the basic features of a sealed crawl space:

• 100% coverage of the ground with a vapor barrier – controls moisture from the ground
• Seams and junctions of vapor barrier sealed
• Sealed crawl space vents – prevents moisture from entering the crawl space
• Insulated foundation walls and band joist, which completely seals the crawl space walls preventing moisture. Once this is done, there is no need for the insulation in the floor joists of the crawl space

The benefits of a sealed crawl space are:

• Better air quality in the crawl space which in turn means better air quality in the living space of your home
• Significant increase in energy efficiency
• Reduction in rodent or insect problems in the crawl space
• HVAC system and other components in the crawl space run more efficiently

Call Creative Conservation TODAY at 1-800-798-1127 to make an appointment for a FREE estimate.

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Your Home Insulation Solution, Anytime of the Year

 

March came in like a lion! We may see a few signs of spring but if you know anything about Virginia weather, winter is NOT over yet.  This cold weather will give way to a short period of pleasant temperatures that we like to call spring, before the hot days of summer move in quickly.  We haven’t had any significant snowfall this year, but the cold and wind have been particularly brutal.

Whether cold or hot, anytime is a great time to consider how you can create a comfortable, energy-efficient home.  When your home is properly insulated, you can enjoy the benefits of:

– Energy-efficiency

– Lower utility bills

– Better indoor air quality

– Preventing air and moisture infiltration

– Preventing mold and mildew

The bottom line is that you’ll have a comfortable home year-round, in any season, when your home is insulated with spray foam. Have questions or want to see how our products work? Check out our video library on our website here. Of course, if you have any questions or would like a free estimate for your home, give us a call at (800) 798-1127.

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