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Protect Your New Home With Crawl Space Encapsulation

Installing the vapor barrier in the crawl space as it’s being built eliminates the need for your contractor to have to maneuver in a cramped space down the line.

Oftentimes, new homes are built with floor-to-floor insulation, including insulation in the crawl space. But while insulation helps to regulate temperature and conserve energy, it doesn’t provide enough moisture protection. Crawl...

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A 10-Point Checklist for Common Crawl Space Building Codes

It would be a mistake to spend the time, money, and effort to rehabilitate your crawl space, only to find out afterwards that the work you did isn’t even up to code.  Code is complicated for many reasons including but not limited to:  finding which codes are applicable to your project and interpreting code the same way as your local inspector.  Determining local code is difficult because there...

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The Benefits to Eliminating Your Crawl Space Vents

For many years, it was believed that crawl spaces needed to be vented. The theory, then, was that vents installed at the foundation between the exterior and crawl space provided benefits such as allowing air exchange, and enabling fresh air to come in while stagnant air moved out. 

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Read This Before You Choose a Crawl Space Liner – 3 Key Questions to Ask

When choosing a crawl space liner for your home, asking a few key questions at the beginning will help ease your decision and give you the best long-term value in the end.

Whether you’re doing your research online or hoping to stumble upon the right crawl space encapsulation materials at your local hardware store, knowing what comprises the “right” materials in the first place is really the...

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10 Helpful Tips to Help You Prepare for a Crawl Space Encapsulation Project

Before diving into your crawl space and covering everything with plastic as a means of encapsulation, it is important to begin with a thorough audit. An initial assessment of your crawl space should identify any possible hazardous elements, as well as give you an opportunity to check how local codes suggest certain situations are handled. This will in turn speed up the whole project.

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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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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 Odor

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, so I was able to refer them to a local contractor who 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...

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