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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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How do plumbing leaks affect crawlspaces?

Plumbing leaks and crawlspaces – two things no one likes to think about or talk about. Still, it is the wise homeowner that does so anyway. Without proper attention, these two can add up to one big headache. Kudos to you for getting ahead of the problem. Here’s what you need to know.Plumbing leaks can lead to big problemsYou [...]

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Should I plug up any holes between the crawl space and the house?

Thanks for your question! When it comes to the crawl space it can seem that out of sight means safely out of mind. That simply isn’t true. More accurately, your crawl space contributes significantly to the health of your home and your family. That’s why it is important to give this space more than mere passing consideration. When you invest [...]

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Should I install plastic on the foundation wall?

You’ve probably heard lots of different answers about the value of installing plastic on your foundation wall. Ultimately, if you are looking for a way to keep moisture out, this is the way to go. Here’s why…Wet crawlspaces = TROUBLEWater in any form, in unwanted places is the enemy of healthy homes and crawlspaces. Once [...]

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