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Why Use Sea Air?
When you call us you will speak to an actual Sea Air employee, not an answering service. Our experienced staff is ready to help keep your HVAC systems running in top form guaranteed.
In addition to the repair of any immediate system malfunctions, our technicians are trained to recognize whole house energy problems and inform you of potential energy saving solutions.
Our technicians are N.A.T.E. certified and EPA tested.
Crawl Space Services
Crawl Space Condensation
Condensation in the crawl space can add to the nightmare of an all already wet, damp and musty smelling crawl space. At first the condensation might seem harmless, after all the crawl space is already damp. But left mismanaged, that condensation will induce a wide range of damage to your home.
Condensation is a major factor in:
- Mold, mildew and fungus growth, which eats at your home
- Premature deterioration of wood structure
- Attracts wood boring insects like termites and powder post beetle
- In colder climates, the condensation will freeze causing the wood to split
- Heating and cooling duct work will rust causing energy loss
- Elevated moisture levels could cause bacterial growth
- Damage to electrical, television and phone cables
So what to do? Eliminate the moisture and you have stopped the condensation. The warmer the air the more moisture it can hold, so when the warm moist outdoor air comes into the cool crawl space the moisture leaves the air and settles on the cooler surfaces like the vapor barrier, water lines, cooling ducts and just about anywhere it is cooler than the air outside. Since you can not control the outside temperatures you will have to control the moisture to get this problem under control.
The foundation vents are the biggest contributors because they will bring in the excessively moist air from outside. If you close the foundation vents without sealing the dirt floor first, you will have a completely different issue but every bit as devastating. When it comes to moisture control, whether condensation or just elevated moisture levels, you will have to commit to fixing all of the sources in order to truly prevent damage. Crawl space encapsulation is the best way to seal out the moisture from the outside and protect your home.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Poorly insulated or leaking duct work can be a huge factor of high condensation levels In the crawl space. Sea air technicians are experts on evaluating and solving moisture, mold and poor air quality infiltration into the home and the crawl space. High capacity air purification and filtration systems will also be beneficial in clean air delivery to the home through the air conditioning system.
The purpose of the encapsulated crawl space is to create an environment that can be controlled. The reason the open crawl space is so bad is because the environment is allowed to change daily, sometimes hourly.
It's Just Plastic
Not all crawl space vapor barriers are created equal, but the truth is all will help in some way. A quality vapor barrier like DrySpace™ brand will last for 25 years or more, while a 6 or 10 mil clear plastic from the hardware store might last 3 to 5 years. The real investment is in the time and effort it takes to do it right, so for a little bit more money up front your efforts will have a lasting result. If odor is a concern make sure the vapor barrier that is installed is made of polyethylene and not PVC. PVC liners will off gas and smell like a pool liner. If a PVC liner off gasses in the crawl space you will smell it in your home.
Radon gas is a concern for all homes and all foundation types. It is a smart move to test for Radon (we offer free radon test kits with every DrySpace™ order) before having any crawl space vapor barrier installed. The DrySpace™ vapor barrier stops 98.6% of radon gas migration, but if there is a Radon gas problem there are other steps that need to be taken in order to protect your family. If you do not properly test and investigate the proper ways to mitigate Radon gas you could make the problem much worse. A Radon gas problem is very serious and very possibly life threatening. Click here to see a US map of Radon gas concentrations.
If you would like to schedule a service call for evaluating your crawlspace options, call us at 843-650-4477 or send a message here: Contact Us.