Sealed crawl spaces perform better in terms of safety and health (pest control), insulation and comfort (warm floors, uniform temperatures), durability (moisture) and energy consumption than passively vented crawl spaces. Crawl spaces should be dry so that they are less likely to have pests, termites or need mold remediation. A dry crawl space is therefore safer and healthier than a wet crawl space. Ground cover prevents evaporation of ground moisture into the crawl space. Durham Raleigh Cary - Attic Insulation - Blown in insulation
However, vented crawl spaces experience serious moisture and mold problems that cost builders and the homeowner significant resources to repair. Also, wintertime ventilation makes crawl spaces colder and increases the heat loss from the home – venting crawl spaces wastes energy, and can lead to freezing pipes and uncomfortable floors. Raleigh Durham Cary - Insulation - Attic insulation - Blown in insulation
In short, crawl space vents should be sealed, crawl space walls insulated, rim joists and spaces where air may leak should be sealed, and the ground should have a continuous sealed cover such as taped polyethylene.
This information is based on a report prepared for the US Department of Energy’s Building America
Program (see Building America cover page for more information). The report is freely available to the public at www.buildingamerica.gov.
Attic Insulation and Air Sealing - When you choose to insulate with EcoMaster, LLC – you secure products from Owens Corning, the world's largest manufacturer of fiberglass and related products.
EcoMaster, LLC is a Top of the House Certified Contractor with Owens Corning. Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company, has been in business for more than 70 years. Every attic Insulation install comes with a written lifetime warranty from Owens Corning!
Sealing air leaks and increasing your attic insulation are improvements with big payoffs. Upgraded attic insulation and attic air sealing are proven to lower your energy use – and make your home more comfortable.
You may need attic insulation upgrades if you have:
Hot and cold rooms; uneven temperatures between rooms
High heating or cooling bills
An AC or heater that runs constantly, even when you think it shouldn't
Dry indoor air in winter
Dust (especially in rooms directly below the attic)
Mold Assessment and Remediation – mold assessment is the process of identifying the location and extent of the mold hazard in a structure, and mold remediation is the process of removal and/or cleanup of mold from an indoor environment.
When mold spores are present in large quantities, they are a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Some molds also produce mycotoxins that can pose more serious health risks to humans and animals.
Significant mold growth requires professional mold remediation to remove the affected building materials and eradicate the source of excess moisture.
EcoMaster Certified Mold Remediation Specialist will...
Assess the area infected with mold, checking for any hidden mold
Fix moisture problems before we remove and clean up the moldy area to prevent future mold growth issues
Remediate any affected areas and repair structural and cosmetic damage
Properly dispose of debris and damaged materials
Energy Audits – Our energy tests include: Blower Door Tests and Infrared Thermography Evaluations by our BPI Certified professionals.
Blower door tests determine the amount of air leakage which allows moisture to penetrate and make you uncomfortable. It can be responsible for as much as 40% of your heating and cooling costs! We will use the latest pressurization technology to find the air leaks through doors, walls, windows, ceilings, floors, attic and crawl spaces.
Infrared Thermography Evaluations identify the location of invisible trouble spots by scanning the walls and ceilings to pinpoint exactly where your home is losing it’s conditioned (both heated and cooled) air. The infrared scanner eliminates costly guesswork repairs. It also identifies insect and rodent infestations.
3 Step Energy Auditing Process by EcoMaster
To achieve optimum results, there needs to be a “whole-house” approach that looks at your house as a system which is called an Energy Audit. We provide a professional energy audit which gives you a thorough picture of where your home is losing energy and what you can do to save money.
Step 1: Specialty diagnostic equipment and tests are used to pinpoint areas needing improvements such as air leaks, insufficient insulation and excessive moisture or condensation on the outside and inside of your home.
Step 2: We will provide a detailed report, infrared images, and recommended cost effective energy efficient solutions.
Step 3: EcoMaster is qualified to be your contractor to repair and resolve these issues.
EcoMaster specializes in all crawl space insulation and attic insulation types.. cellulose insulation, fiberglass insulation, blown in insulation, and more! We offer energy audits with certified energy auditors, attic insulation removal and crawl space encapsulation in Raleigh. As award winning attic insulation contractors, we provide upgrades that reduce your structure's carbon footprint, as well as make your home or building less expensive to own and operate, including air sealing, vapor barriers, wall insulation, attic fans, and ventilation!
We guarantee high-quality installation and project management on each and every project. Check out samples of our recent work,and you'll agree that we're the best choice for your home improvement, and construction projects. Raleigh Durham Cary - Insulation - Attic insulation, Blown in insulation, Crawl Space Insulation
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