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Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Guide

Crawl spaces are most vulnerable to excessive moisture. The moisture that invariably seeps in through the soil, together with condensation around pipes and ducts, spurs foul smells, expedite wood decay and it promotes buildup of mold, fungus and mildew.

To avoid unnecessary damage, it is crucial to have a preventative crawl space moisture barrier installed.

How Do Crawl Space Moisture Barriers Work?

A crawl space moisture barrier, also known as a crawl space vapor barrier, is fixed at the base of the property. It is a type of protective coat, which prevents water from moving up from the soil into the walls of the property.This barrier not only helps prevent moisture from penetrating the crawl space, but also helps in draining it back into the soil. Thus, when no water is trapped, the crawl space remains dry.

Types of Crawl Space Vapor Barrier

There are two broad types of Crawl Space Moisture Barriers available in the market – Concrete and Plastic Liners. The decision to choose from amongst the two, depends upon the location of the building and the surface of the crawl space. Undoubtedly, the right type of crawl space vapor barrier saves you time, money and helps boost the health of your family and property.

Concrete Crawl Space Vapor Barrier – Pumping concrete into a crawl space comes across as the most logical solution to keeping away moisture.Concrete not only bestows a nice finished look but also levels the crawl surface equally. This levelled ground provides convenient storage space. Although thick concrete layers are more durable, they still require constant upkeep.

Plastic Liners Crawl Space Vapor Barrier – These vapor barriers consist of a thick layer of plastic sheet (polyethylene liner or membrane). The layer is placed over the earthen soil of the crawl space.Using strong adhesive duct tape and weighted down with a line of soil, these stretched sheets are then attached to the inside edges of the foundation walls; sealing off the base of the building from moisture and water.

The proper installation of the crawl space vapor barrier will not only protect your unit from moisture and infestations, but it will also help you save money in the long run.

For professional and uncompromised installation or advice call 201-205-2042, 973-536-1013 now!

The Importance of a Clean Attic

There’s no doubt that attics and crawl spaces are two of the most important areas of the house. They hold the premises’ insulation system, the wiring, plumbing, and much more.

Having said that, these highly technical areas tend to go unnoticed until something goes wrong. Because we almost never enter these spaces, rodents, pests and other animals can easily make them their homes. These animals can cause damage to the infrastructure, and can also pose a health hazard for your family.

Here’s a comprehensive list of reasons to inspect your attic and crawl space, to insure they are tidy and clean:

  • Thanks to our human nature, we tend to hoard things, even if we no longer have use in them. As a result boxes, cartons and other stuff accumulate in the attic. Periodic cleaning thus helps us to organize things – use, throw or save – whatever works best!
  • Unattended and un-kept attic spaces are ideal breeding spots for rodents, pests and other infestations. These innocuous looking creatures don’t just infect and decontaminate the area, but also nibble on insulation, wires, vents and more. The loss translates into ill-health, reduced energy efficiency and losing out on valuable belongings.
  • Cracked and damaged roofs can pave way for water and moisture to seep through. Mold, mildew and fungus grow and spread throughout the living space. Moisture damages wood and causes structural damage that requires costly repairs.
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and insulation system are stored in the attic. A series of well laid vents and ducts cross through the entire premises keeping it hot or cold depending upon the external temperatures. Regular inspection and maintenance help keep it effective, which cuts down on the property’s energy bills.

Normal vacuuming and periodical dusting of the attic should be a routine task. If done correctly, it can help keep your attic rodent free longer. In any case, a yearly inspection by a professional who knows where and what to look for is advised.

At Quartz Solutions we offer services that help create hygienic and efficient spaces. For any kind of attic cleaning advice call us at 201-205-2042 for professional advice and a complimentary inspection..

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