The old-fashioned way to insulate a crawl space was to install fiberglass batts between the overhead joists in the crawl space. This is no longer recommended for several reasons. In a crawl space, fiberglass insulation tends to absorb moisture, which causes it to lose R-value and fall out of place, rendering it totally ineffective while also creating a mess. To repair and insulate this crawlspace, we first removed the old insulation. To keep moisture from entering the space, we installed drainage matting beneath TerraBlock foam insulation on the floors, and the CleanSpace vapor barrier above it. On the walls, we used closed cell spray foam. It's perfect for a crawlspace environment! Closed cell foam cures dense and hard and is heavier than open cell foam, and it forms an effective barrier against both moisture and air. After we repaired and waterproofed the crawl space, the owners never had to worry about crawl space humidity and energy loss again!
The problem with fiberglass insualtion in crawlspaces is that they are vulnerable to moisture. Instead of keeping the moisture out of the crawlspace, fiberglass batts absorb humidity, and lose insulation value when they do. When we arrived in this Stamford home, we found that the insulation had already grown heavy with absorbed water, and had fallen from the ceiling. After we removed the ineffective fiberglass insulation, we used closed cell spray foam in combination with our CleanSpace vapor barrier to block out moisture entirely. Closed cell foam is dense and waterproof, and provides an airtight seal along with a high R-value per inch. The owners of this home no longer have to worry about energy loss and high energy bills because of a leaky crawlspace!
In old houses, it is common for crawlspaces to have open vented areas. It was believed that the vents would allow fresh air to circulate in the area and clean out the moisture and humididy from the room. However, the air outside was often more wet and humid than the inside. Moist air that enters a vented crawl space will condense on cooler crawl space surfaces, ruining insulation and encouraging mold, mildew and wood decay to flourish. Crawl space sealing with our CleanSpace crawl space liner is the recommended treatment for a vented crawl space. This process involves the installation of different air and moisture barriers to totally separate and shield the crawl space from outside conditions. Plastic vent covers play an important role in a sealed crawl space by closing off the air movement that would otherwise occur through vent openings.
This Madison, CT homeowner was in desperate need of new insulation in their crawl space under the porch. As you can see in the picture, the old insulation was falling to the ground, creating quite the mess and affecting the air in the home, as well as their energy bills. They gave us a call at Dr. Energy Saver of Connecticut, and we were happy to get right to work!
After a free energy evaluation with our Home Comfort Specialist, Vin Orsini, this family knew that replacing their old insulation was the best solution to their problem. Dan Kiley and his crew came out to get the job done! They spray foamed the entire space with a closed cell spray foam insulation. This type of insulation works perfectly for spaces like these, sealing off air insulation, and creating a moisture barrier. It also has a greater resistance to the leakage of air and water vapor! This will cut energy costs, and make the porch area much more comfortable.
This family left feeling satisfied they have new, effective insulation in their crawl space, and we were happy to help them do so! Call us TODAY for your free energy evaluation.
This beautiful gable roof home in Fairfield, CT is a wonderful place to live, but the family living inside were beginning to feel the effects of the old insulation in their attic. They wanted a solution for their high energy bills and low temperatures, so they gave Dr. Energy Saver of Connecticut a call!
Our home energy specialist, Keith Saunders, came out and quickly figured out that this home's attic needed an insulation upgrade! Dan Kiley and his team quickly came out, and got right to work with removing the old insulation. They then went ahead and installed Open Cell Spray Foam insulation all along the gable roof. Open-cell foam is a very light material, designed to break or pop as the foam expands but before it sets, allowing pieces to be removed. It has a high coverage rate, form an air barrier, and blocks and absorbs sound.
This home is now much more comfortable, and we were happy to help them! Call us today for our FREE energy evaluation!