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Despite its cost being measured in mere cents per square foot, project designers, contractors and building owners often disregard a high-performance under-slab vapor barrier. Yet, failing to use this vital material may be the best illustration in the construction industry of “a penny wise and a pound foolish” – unnecessarily risking costly consequences and potentially years of legal squabbling over liability.
Here are 10 critical reasons why you should always use a high-performance vapor barrier, no matter the project:
Whether from a natural disaster or a busted pipe, flood damage can cause major problems for your home. Crawl spaces can take the brunt of this damage, and in many cases are left completely submerged in sitting water teeming with bacteria. That’s why it’s important to implement preventative measures, ensuring that you have a properly encapsulated crawl space that will diminish the likelihood of floods causing major damage to your home.
I heard an unfortunate story recently about a pair of new homeowners who hadn’t properly inspected their basement before they moved in. While the home was mostly in good shape, with a sound roof, a recently remodeled kitchen, and new floors throughout, it only took three months of living there to realize they may have overlooked some troubling signs in their walk-in basement and in the crawl space under the breezeway.
I received a call recently from a homeowner who had a hardwood flooring problem she suspected was due to moisture in her crawl space. Prior to calling me, she’d had two flooring contractors out to investigate her situation. The first was happy to replace her “cupped” or “warped” hardwood floors, but just to shop out his quote, she had a second flooring contractor out to the house as well. To his credit, the second contractor identified the source of the problem.
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