MOISTURE CONTROL –THE FIRST STEP TOWARD GREEN LIVING AND CLEAN BREATHING
Reducing your carbon footprint with energy conservation begins below in your home’s sub areas, basements, and crawlspaces. As moisture enters the home through the exposed earth in these spaces as an invisible vapor stream, it brings with it higher heating and cooling costs, unpleasant odors, and asthma- and allergy-causing mold spores. Crawlspace encapsulation systems, sump pumps, basement and garage waterproofing, and drainage systems can help you eliminate wasted energy, improve indoor air quality, and create a more efficient, comfortable, and economical home.
Most homeowners aren’t even aware that moisture is constantly entering the home with 30–50% of the air in the first floor coming from the crawlspace. By sealing your crawlspace and eliminating this constant flow of air, your house will retain heat better and cool more efficiently, which can bring a 15–25% energy savings and greatly enhance indoor comfort and air quality.
Mold is a major factor when dealing with poor air quality. Isolating your home from the earth with CleanSpace® will reduce the relative humidity of the crawlspace to a level in which mold cannot grow or survive. Two-thirds of your crawl space vents may then be sealed off to prevent humid exterior air, which makes moisture problems worse, from entering in the summer and reducing heat loss in the winter—which may contribute to decreased energy costs.
Crawlspace encapsulation will also protect your investment in your hardwood flooring. Without a proper moisture barrier, the insulation will absorb the moisture and result in a wet sponge directly beneath your floor, eventually causing them to become cold and buckle.
For homes with basements or sunken garages, water will enter through walls, floors, and the joints between them, but having a contractor dig out the side of a house and install an exterior french drain system isn’t a feasible option. The patented WaterGuard® system is designed as an interior french drain. This unique drain system intercepts water at the interior perimeter and drains it safely away from the floors and walls, keeping the basement or garage dry permanently, allowing you to utilize these spaces to their full potential and create valuable living space out of what was once wasted real estate. All products carry warranties.