The Problem with Fiberglass Insulation in Ohio Crawl Spaces
During the winter, homeowners with vented crawl spaces tend to experience things like cold floors, cold drafts, and higher heating bills. For many years they have been attempting to insulate vented crawl spaces by applying fiberglass batts in between floor joists, in order to improve conditions in their living spaces. The problem is that fiberglass insulation in a vented crawl space is never an ideal choice for a number of reasons.
- Fiberglass soaks up moisture like a sponge. After awhile it tends to become oversaturated.
- Wet fiberglass supports mold growth
- Rodents and other pests love to build nests in fiberglass
- It will not stop humid or cold air from seeping into your living area. At best, it will filter out some dust.
The A-Team at Healthy Basement Concepts of Cincinnati believes in solving crawl space problems, not creating them.
Crawl Space Insulation Done Right in Cincinnati, Dayton and surrounding areas
With years of experience under our belts, we know exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to crawl space insulation.
We start by completely isolating the crawl space from all sources of moisture, since moisture is the source of most crawl space problems. We close the vents and we seal the entire area with a vapor barrier. This process is called crawl space encapsulation and it is a science-backed approach to treating crawl spaces.
We then proceed to insulate the walls and floor using waterproof rigid foam biard insulation. Unlike fiberglass, it will not soak up moisture or support mold growth.
Homes with properly insulated crawl spaces are healthier, more comfortable and energy-efficient.
Spray Foam Crawl Space Insulation
For crawl spaces with irregular stone walls where rigid foam insulation might not be the best choice, we offer an excellent alternative: spray foam insulation.
Spray foam insulation is waterproof and mold resistant, and it is particularly good for crawl spaces with irregular walls because it will adhere to the wall and conform to irregularities. It will also fill any existing gaps, sealing the area, If you have an older home with irregular stone foundations walls contact us and ask about our spray foam crawl space insulation services.
The Last Step: Air Sealing your Crawl Space
One area that many crawl space repair contractors tend to overlook is the sill plate that sits just above the foundation wall and can be a source of moisture and energy loss. A lot of cold air is constantly being sucked into your crawl space – and your living area – through an uninsulated and unsealed sill plate.
As a part of our crawl space insulation services, we also seal and insulate the sill plates and any other openings that can allow cold and humid outside air to infiltrate the area, using closed cell spray foam insulation.
Closed cell spray foam insulation is waterproof, mold resistant, and has both air sealing and insulation properties, being an excellent choice for this and many other applications. Heathy Basement Concepts is always ready to walk that extra mile in order to make sure that your crawl space is as dry, healthy, and as energy efficient as possible.