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Achieving Clean Indoor Air Quality Through Crawl Space Encapsulation

Airborne allergens affect over 50 million Americans annually and the number increases every year. This should make indoor air quality a priority for property owners or managers. While some people believe that simply employing filters or air purifiers will do the trick, this may not always be the case.

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Top 3 Things to Look for When Choosing a Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Manufacturer

Although quality moisture protection is a crucial part of protecting all buildings, we are often guilty of not taking the time to fully research vapor barrier products and suppliers. Then, after the project is finished and the moisture-related problems begin, we scratch our heads in frustration, wondering how this could have happened.

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What Makes a Vapor Barrier Different than a Vapor Retarder?

“Vapor retarder” is the term used to describe materials of varying types and classifications which impede the infiltration of water vapor into a structure. Often the term “vapor barrier” will be used interchangeably with the term “vapor retarder,” with no repercussions. But for under-slab applications, it is important to understand the distinctions between the two terms to avoid negative...

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What Is ASTM E1643? Summarizing Standards for Vapor Barrier Installation

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

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What Is ASTM E1745: Understanding the Standard and Its Classifications

ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) E1745 is the Standard Specification for Plastic Water Vapor Retarders Used in Contact with Soil or Granular Fill under Concrete Slabs. This standard requires products undergo conditioning testing designed to simulate in-service (under-slab and installation) conditions, and it classifies vapor retarders based on their tensile strength, puncture...

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Using Stego® Wrap Keeps Chavez Concrete On The Fast Track During Cost Plus World Market® and Bed Bath and Beyond® Construction

For three generations, Chavez Concrete has been one of the most trusted names in New Mexico. As one of the state’s oldest and largest concrete companies, Chavez knows what it takes to get the job done correctly: dedication, craftsmanship, hands-on leadership, and the ability to select the right tools for the job. When Chavez poured concrete at a Cost Plus World Market® and Bed Bath and Beyond®...

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6 Things To Look For When Buying Seaming Tape for Crawl Space Vapor Barriers

My job is to talk to contractors about the materials and products they use on a work site. I ask lots of questions about their processes so I can understand how to design materials that make their labor more efficient. I often hear that timeliness and a long lasting, quality outcome are two things these contractors strive for. Believe it or not, a lot of these things can be boiled down to the...

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Why Does My Crawl Space Smell? Troubleshooting the Source of Odors in Your Basement and Crawl Space

I get a fair amount of calls from homeowners with various descriptions of crawl space odors. One homeowner was complaining about an odor coming from his crawlspace. I referred them to a local contractor that I’d had experience with in the past. The contractor headed over to the home and reported finding an old rusty drum of oil stowed away in the crawl space. The home was old and no one knew...

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