Schedule Annual Maintenance
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 by Kal Aldrich
Your home is a system, and every part of that system plays a role that affects the remaining structure. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall, typical crawl spaces are moldy, foul-smelling spaces that homeowners avoid at all costs. Many of them flood, and they're often filled with debris leftover from when the house was constructed. In more extreme cases, they can be rotting structures with rodents, animals, and other pests living within. However, during Winter, homeowners can face other issues with their dirt crawl space. One of the most common complaints that homeowners have in the winter is cold floors, especially those above a dirt crawl space. Not only does it make the home and floors cold, but it can also increase your energy bills. Some of the benefits of our crawl space encapsulation process can be noticed right away after installation and will make a huge difference for you now and down the road.
Cold floors can be caused by airflow in the crawl space. Since dirt crawl spaces are not sealed, they are not nearly as protected as they could be, which allows cold air to come through cracks and vents. Even if your crawl space has insulation between the floor joists, you can still experience cold floors throughout your home. In the wintertime, the warm air inside the home is less dense than the air outside. As warm air rises throughout the house, it can escape out of doors, windows, etc., allowing cold air to get drawn into the home. With our crawl space encapsulation process, not only can you avoid cold floors, but you also avoid frozen pipes- which can eventually burst and lead to a much larger problem. Our vapor barrier seals off airflow from outside of the home and keeps out moisture, making your home a healthier, more energy-efficient place.
Dirt crawl spaces, open vents, deteriorating walls, and foundation cracks all contribute to high heating and cooling costs. According to several studies, crawl space encapsulation makes the entire house much more energy-efficient by an average of 18%. Without an encapsulation system, cool air makes the furnace want to work extremely hard to heat up rooms, causing an increase in energy bills. According to another study, homeowners who have gotten their crawl space sealed saved 10 to 20% on energy costs because their HVAC system did not have to fight with the air coming through the crawl space. Having your dirt crawl space sealed will pay for itself over time because of the money you will save on energy bills.
At American Waterworks, we can transform your dirt crawl space into a healthier, warmer, and more energy-efficient space. We offer a wide array of crawl space products and solutions to fit your home’s specific needs. We provide free estimates for all of our services, including crawl space encapsulation in Minnesota, North Dakota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin. Contact us now to learn more about how you can eliminate cold floors and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
our service area