This homeowner in Great Barrington, MA called us out to their home to take a look an an issue that has been concerning them. They were noticing a musty odor coming up from the crawlspace underneath the home. We got to the home and took a look and noticed a huge mold issue in the nasty, damp dirt crawlspace! We also noticed the access door to the area from outside was old and rotted. Crawlspaces have a high level of humidity, which can and will lead to mold. Mold grows on and wood rots, and insects can easily begin nesting. Musty odors can even travel upstairs into your home to your living space! Eventually flooring will have to be replaced, and mold to be remediation. This air from the crawlspace is difficult to cool and heat creating a bigger electricity bill for homeowners!
To fix the issues with this nasty, damp, dirt vented crawlspace we use out Dr. Energy Saver Crawl Space Insulation System treatment. First we take out all of the old insulation and make sure the dirt floor is all level. Now we are ready to start the process. We seal up vents and all air leaks with our insulated vent covers. Next, we insulate the crawlspace walls with our 4' SilverGlo insulation boards. Next, we set down a dimpled plastic drainage mat to create an airspace and thermal break. TerraBlock floor insulation is installed over the dimple mat. Finally, a heavy duty crawl space insulation liner is inserted permanently across the entire dirt floor. This protects the area from and possible bacteria and fungi growth. The last thing we need to do is replace this rotted crawlspace door from the outside of the home. Now that this crawlspace is fully insulated, air sealed, and insulated these homeowners can now live happier, healthier, and more energy efficient! Thanks Dr. Energy Saver!
This homeowner was experiencing a significant amount of humidity in their basement. Our Building Science Expert evaluated the problem and found that using the 2-part expanding foam insulation on the rim joist and over the sill plate would be the perfect solution. This decreased the humidity in the basement and the homeowner saw immediate results. In addition to there being less humidity, the overall air leakage to the house was reduced dramatically.
This room over the garage is being renovated. The homeowner wanted to be sure his home is properly insulated. One of the treatments our team did in this room was to insulate the kneewall. A kneewall is the triangular space under the sloped roof and behind the wall of the room. We installed our Foamax polyisocyanurate foam board on the exterior walls. Foamax provides superior insulation and it is flame retardant. The homeowner can rest assured the knee walls in this room are properly insulated.
End plates are at the top of every single wall in the home. The problem with end plates is there's generally a quarter inch to an inch gap left during construction of the home. This allows for air leakage which lets the cool air escape the home in the summer and warm air to escape in the winter.
When the hot air leaks into your attic in the winter, ice dams occur on your roof. Ice dams can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home!
Air sealing end plates is the first, and most important, of multiple treatments to eliminate ice damming.
These homeowners in Stockbridge, MA had called us out to diagnose a couple of issues their home was having. One of the issues the homeowner was having was the inconsistent temperatures through the home. To solve this, we dense packed the exterior walls of the home. First step is to pull of the wooden shake siding the home has. After carefully doing this, we drilled holes in each bay. Then we dense packed each bay in the house. After that, we closed the whole up and put pack the wooden shake siding. Now this home is more comfortable and efficient year round!