Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Should I use fiberglass insulation in my crawlspace?



The majority of American homes and crawlspaces are insulated with fiberglass. Although, if you are interested in finding the most efficient and safe insulation for your crawlspace at a cost-effective price you might want to think through the idea of using fiberglass to get the job done. Fiberglass is meant to be used in clean, dry spaces. That is where it’s most effective. Fiberglass insulates by trapping air in the fibers. When fiberglass insulation becomes wet like in many damp crawlspaces, it is useless due to the fact that it is too heavy and falls from the floor.

Most crawlspaces are vented or damp.  Venting hot, humid air in the summer causes the insulation to sweat and hold moisture.  When fiberglass becomes wet, it will grow mold on the paper side.  The resin and paper side of the insulation has become known as “mold candy” in the crawlspace industry.

On top of fiberglass being an inappropriate insulation for crawlspaces, it is also a potentially hazardous material that can cause physical harm if the small particles are touched or inhaled. This can be extremely dangerous when you consider that a crawlspace is meant to allow someone underneath the home for maintenance and repairs. This type of tight space should not hold a material that has the potential to cause harm.  Fiberglass insulation is best used inside closed spaces such as walls.

Not only is fiberglass potentially dangerous in a crawlspace, but it is also less effective in comparison to other types of insulation. There are some other alternative insulation materials that allow you to get the most bang out of your buck while keeping safety in mind.

Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam is a viable insulation option for dry crawlspaces. Due to its ability to expand after being applied this foam insulation can attain air tight sealing around pipes, ducts, wiring and fixtures.  It also protects buildings from both pests and mold. It is very important for a professional to install this material. If done wrong it can create a huge mess or even damage the integrity of the floor or wall.  It is recommended for the bandboard and foundation walls of the crawlspace; however, damp foundation walls will trap the moisture in the wood causing wood rot.  Contact a Waterproofing professional before considering spray foam insulation. Call Indiana crawlspace Repair at 317-893-7016

Rigid Foam Board Insulation

Recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy is foam board insulation. There are three different types of this insulator that are all water-resistant and non-absorbent. To make matters better it is less expensive than foam spray, and can be found at several home improvement stores.

If your floors are becoming chilled as the weather becomes cooler, an inspection of your insulation can make all the difference. Always call a professional for an estimate and some recommendations of how you can better insulate your home. Sealing the crawlspace and improving the insulation will raise the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system, and most homeowners usually feel the difference right away in the comfort of their home and in their utility bills.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes in Your Home Crawlspace



Winter comes every year in Indiana. The extremely cold weather should not come as a surprise to Hoosiers, and it has some unfortunate consequences for those who are not prepared. The cold can cause pipes to freeze and can create a big headache for homeowners in Indianapolis. When water freezes, it expands. This is bad news for water pipes. Frozen water puts stress on pipes and can cause them to burst, no matter what material the pipes are made of. There are a many quick and simple ways to prevent your water pipes from freezing, saving you time and money.

Open cabinets and doors

Keeping the whole house warm including the cabinets under the sink will ensure that the pipes are staying warm and therefore unlikely to freeze.  On days and nights when the temperature drops below freezing it is extremely important for the pipes to have access to heat from your home.  The pipes under your sink usually touch an outside wall and then run down through your crawlspace. Opening cabinet doors is a simple task and will help keep your pipes from freezing.

Keep the water running

When it becomes cold outside and freezing pipes are a worry, keep your faucets turned on. Only a trickle is recommended, you don’t want a huge water bill.  The running water will prevent the pipes from freezing due to the fact that the water is moving.

Do not turn down the heat

Even if you are planning on going out of town, do not let your home temperature fall below 55° F. The temporary increase in your heating bill may be annoying, but it will cost significantly less than having to replace bursting pipes due to extreme cold temperatures.

Insulating water pipes

A number of products exist to insulate water pipes including pipe sleeves, heat tape, and heat cable. Even newspaper is known to provide protection against the cold, but only in areas that do not remain below freezing for long periods of time.  Insulating pipes and the surrounding area is a very easy and effective way of preventing water pipes from bursting.

Encapsulation

Crawl space encapsulation, or the process of sealing a crawl space, is possibly the most effective way to keep crawlspaces from dropping to extremely low temperatures. This by no means is a DIY project. It involves specific knowledge and tools. Hiring pro
fessional to do this job will ensure it is done right the first time.  Sealing out cold air from entering the crawl will ensure your pipes do no freeze in the crawlspace.  By encapsulating the space you will have a long term and efficient way of keeping your pipes from freezing for many winters to come.  Give us a call for a free no cost estimate.  1-317-893-7016

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Indianapolis Crawlspace Spray Foam Insulation

Are you tired of cold floors all winter long?  Are your heating bills increasing every winter?  Does your home seem like it is drafty?  Well, if you have a vented, uninsulated crawlspace, then you are wasting money every month in higher heating bills.  When cold air enters under your crawlspace via the foundation vents, it is working against the heat that is moving through the ducts and causing it to be cooled before it even enters the living area above.  Seal the crawlspace off, and you will keep all of the heat within your home.

  Our CrawlSeal Encapsulation System and Spray Foam Insulation insulates and seals off outside air from entering the space below your feet; saving you money every year  The Crawlspace is lined with a 20 mil cord-reinforce liner and conditioned to prevent high humidity levels.  The bandboard is insulated and sealed with spray foam.  This is the most advanced waterproofing and insulation system on the market.

If you live in the Greater Indianapolis Area and surrounding areas, including Avon, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Bloomington, Columbus, Greenfield, Plainfield, Mooresville, Greenwood, Franklin, Zionsville, Westfield, and nearby, give us a call for a free estimate.  317-893-7016.  Visit our website @ www.indianacrawlspacerepair.com

Monday, July 28, 2014

Indiana Crawlspace Waterproofing Reviews

The following are some of the testimonials and feedback from recent crawlspace waterproofing, mold remediation, and encapsulation customers in Indiana:

"Larry made the process easy, and made every effort to ensure work was completed on time and within budget (no surprises or unexpected add on costs).  Staff was professional and provided clear, regular updates throughout the project.  Larry documented everything clearly to ensure no problems at home closing."

                                                                               - Sheila H.  Indianapolis, IN

"I think you are all awesome & that you did a wonderful job.  Thank you for everything."
                                                                               - Erlaine Y.  Indianapolis, IN

"Quality......Affordable.....and Fast"
                                                                               - Emily B.  Franklin, IN

"The owner and members of the crew were very professional and well mannered in performing their job responsibilities"
                                                                               - James F.  Greenwood, IN

"Work performed as detailed.  Inspection and Estimate provided prior to home purchase.  Work completed post sale as described and timely.  Guys were professional, arrived timely, and completed work.  Larry completed walk thru inspection of work upon completion."
                                                                                - Scott H.  Brownsburg, IN

"Crew arrived on scheduled date.  Work was completed, debris was cleaned up.  Entire transaction was very smooth and professional."  "All phone calls answered, all appointments kept and on time.  Work crew arrived as scheduled.  Price paid was as agreed.  My problem solved!  Whats not to like about that?"
                                                                                - John B.  Greenwood, IN

"Larry Ralph Jr. is knowledgeable, reliable, organized, and professional.  My experience with Indiana Crawl Space Repair was worry free!"
                                                                                - Helen B.  Indianapolis, IN

"Great job!  The crew was friendly, professional, and very efficient.  They took the time to make sure that the job site didn't get dirty.  Very good work, and very nice people.  So glad that they were able to come out quickly and help us with our repairs so that we could sell our home.
                                                                               - Amee A.  Columbus, IN
 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Crawl Space Vapor Barriers Indianapolis




Indiana Crawl Space Repair provides homeowners of Indianapolis and surrounding areas professional installation of vapor barrier / encapsulation systems.  The above pictures show a recent installation of a liner in a crawl space.


This Crawlspace had a vapor barrier improperly installed by a previous contractor.  The contractor had installed a  6 mil plastic to the sill plate rather than fastened and sealed to the foundation wall below the sill plate.

If you are looking for a responsible, honest contractor to the job right, give us a call at 317-893-7016.

Larry Ralph Jr.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cellar Crawlspace Encapsulation System


These are pictures of a crawlspace cellar recently encapsulated by Indiana Crawlspace Repair.  We were able to slide the liner under the well pressure tank and dehumidifier.

The drainage and sump pump in the cellar was upgraded to prevent water from standing or flooding like it was before.

A drainage grate was installed at the door opening of the cellar to facilitate water to the drainage system installed under the encapsulation liner.



Before and after photos of the corner of the cellar room.  The encapsulation system made for a great area of storage space after it was installed.

Whether you live in Avon, Anderson, Brownsburg, Bloomington, Brazil, Carmel, Cicero, Columbus, Crawfordsville, Danville, Ellettsville, Fairland, Fishers, Franklin, Greensburg, Greenfield, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Kokomo, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lebanon, Logansport, Madison, Marion, Martinsville, Mooresville, Muncie, New Castle, New Palestine, Noblesville, North Vernon, Pendleton, Peru, Seymour, Shelbyville, Terre Haute, Westfield, or Zionsville, IN we can help to dry out your cellar crawl space area for useable storage space.

Give us a call at 317-893-7016.

Larry Ralph

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Squeaky Floors - Why and what to do


We receive quite a few calls from customers who are tired of hearing the creaks and squeaks across their floors.  If you have ever tiptoed across the floor to keep from waking someone, and the floor gave you away, then you know what we are talking about.  Most of the time, the sound is from wood rubbing on wood.  There are many treatments to this condition, but first it is important to know what the source of the problem is.

  We have found that squeaky floors above a crawlspace or basement, are generally a result of some type of moisture problem.  When there is a fluctuation in moisture content in the floor joists, they tend to swell and shrink. When the wood shrinks, it moves apart, causing the fasteners to become loose.  This shrinkage effect can result in a gap to occur between the sub floor and the floor joist.  The squeaking noise occurs as the fasteners and boards move against each other as weight is placed on them.

  The basement or crawl space does not have to have a "water" problem for the moisture content to be too high.  If you have a vented crawlspace, outside air that enters your crawlspace is full of humidity in the summer.  In a basement, moisture will evaporate from the walls and from the floor. 

The best solution to squeaky floors is to first address the moisture problem below the floor.  In a crawlspace, it is recommended to encapsulate and condition the space so that the moisture content is consistent and low in the crawlspace.  In the basement, it is recommended to have a good vapor barrier on the walls and a whole house dehumidifier installed.

As to repairing the squeaky areas of the floor, this can be simple and complex.  Typically, screwing down the sub floor to the floor joists will eliminate the problem.  It is best to add sub-floor glue during this process.  If it is an area that cannot be screwed down from up above, there are specialty fasteners that can be used to draw the floor down to the joist.  A simpler technique to the specialty fasteners is to attach a 2x4 to the side of the joists and screw at an angle up to the sub floor bringing  it down tight against the joist.  If the squeak is caused by two layers of subfloor rubbing against one another, then the bottom layer needs to be screwed to the top layer from underneath the floor. IMPORTANT: When you are screwing upwards from underneath, make sure your screw is not too long so you will prevent it from going through your hardwood floors or carpet.

  As a general rule, the approach taken to remove the squeak is to remove the rub or gap out of the wood, and remove the moisture content in the air that is causing the rub.  Otherwise, you will constantly be repairing squeaks in the floor as they continue to pop up from high humidity levels in the floor.

  If you would like some professional advice, give us a call for a Free Evaluation and Estimate to your squeaky floors.  Call 317-893-7016.

Larry Ralph Jr.