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What are common items that cannot be stored in humid areas?

Moisture isn’t just a problem for the structural health of your home. Many items contained in the home are sensitive to temperature fluctuations and humidity. Use this list of common items to begin making your protection plan. Wood and Leather Furniture You probably already know that wood floors are likely to buckle or warp with overexposure to [...]

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Do I Need a Crawlspace Dehumidifier?

What is the purpose of a dehumidifier in the crawlspace?A dehumidifier is effective in controlling moisture in your crawlspace. Once you have removed any issues that could be a moisture source like a leak, or a drainage issue around the home, and then closed in the crawlspace with a liner, you will want to keep [...]

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How to recover from flooding

When your home floods you are understandably anxious to clean up and get things back to normal. Take care to observe safety rules first. Common post flood hazards involve electricity and gas. Be sure these utilities are turned off before you enter the home. Flooding can damage the structural integrity of your home as well as cause household items [...]

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Should I install plastic on a foundation wall?

You’re right to undertake moisture management planning for your crawlspace. Crawlspace moisture can lead to hazards for your health as well as your home. That’s why we recommend closed crawlspaces. It is an effective way of eliminating moisture problems. Installing plastic on the foundation wall is one part of this process.Benefits of a vapor barrierVapor barriers help keep moisture [...]

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What should I do with the old and torn plastic that's in my crawl space now?

Wise homeowners should inspect their crawl spaces regularly for any potential problems. Doing so provides opportunity to address small problems before they become big headaches. Old and torn plastic can, potentially, lead to big headaches.Remember the goalPlastic can only protect against moisture if it provides an effective barrier. Obviously, if there are tears the barrier has been compromised. Act quickly. [...]

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What pests can I expect to find in my crawlspace?

Hello there, good question! Ideally you’ll want to create a crawlspace environment that is inhospitable to pests; and should not expect to find them in the space. Unwelcome guests are drawn to warm, damp spaces. They don’t just occupy the space; they often damage it. But back to your question - What kinds of guests may be lurking below [...]

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I am building a new house, so should I arrange to have vent holes put in my foundation?

Congratulations on building a new home. There are so many things to consider, and wise planning now will add years of enjoyment and savings later. Structural considerations aren’t the most fun part of planning, but they are certainly tops in terms of importance.To vent or not to ventThe question just keeps coming up. The answer is no. Unless you [...]

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What should I do with the old and torn plastic that’s in my crawl space now?

Kudos to you for knowing about the condition of the plastic in your crawl space! Many homeowners avoid the underbelly of their homes because, let’s face it – crawl spaces aren’t pretty. So, you have plastic in your crawl space that is old and torn? Adding a new barrier is one way to make your crawl space more hospitable.Go for [...]

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What about the gaps around electrical and plumbing penetrations between my crawl space and living space?

Thanks for your question! There is little room for shortcuts in crawl spaces. Unfortunately, many people don’t think about the space much, but it really does matter to the overall health and comfort of your home. When it comes to crawl spaces, you’re right to sweat the small stuff. Attention to these seemingly small details can help you avoid big [...]

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What if I see mold or mildew on the floor joists in my crawl space?

Don’t ignore mold or mildew on the floor joists in your crawl space. Among other concerns, mold and mildew can lead to health problems in humans as well as pets. As spores enter the living area from the crawl space, respiratory illness and odor will reduce quality of living. Your best strategy – remove mold and mildew and address [...]

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