Ray Terry – About Your House Radio discussing crawl space science, air quality and mold issues. 8-5-17

Published on August 6, 2017

I wanted to thank Ray personally for having us on his show on Saturday! We were lucky to have some of the top minds in the industry all sitting down at the same table together to discuss the intricacies of crawl space science and the effects of moisture, condensation, drainage problems, poor air quality, and mold issues inside and under homes here in Charlotte, NC, and the South Eastern U.S. in general. Any opportunity to sit ...

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Should I Keep Crawl Space Vents Open or Closed?

Crawl Space Vents Open or Closed?

It is that time a year once again. Heavy rains, followed by periods of excessive heat. Elevated relative humidity and dew point levels become common now all through the summer. It is the season of condensation problems inside Charlotte, NC crawlspaces. Homeowners are now faced with the unpleasant reality that something needs to be done to protect their investment. Crawlspace condensation problems can cause the development of mold and fungal colonies to manifest ...

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Hardwood Floor Cupping – Crawlspace Moisture Problems

 

Hardwood Floor Cupping Problems? Elevated Crawl Space Moisture Problems …

With the passing of Spring break, and the upcoming Easter weekend, days become longer and temperatures rise. Weather patterns change to a more sub-tropical feel. Dew point levels increase. It is the start of the condensation season inside North Carolina crawl spaces. Crawl Space construction is the most common construction type in the Southeastern United States. Many of these crawl spaces contain HVAC duct work that service the ...

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Crawl Space Misdiagnosis – Customer Overcharged by Thousands for Unneeded Services

LOCAL CRAWL SPACE SCIENCE COMPANIES MISDIAGNOSE SYMPTOMS AND ATTEMPT TO OVERCHARGE CUSTOMERS FOR UNNEEDED SERVICES IN NORTH CAROLINA.    (PART 1)

I recently visited a customer in the Triad market that had some unique challenges to overcome with her crawl space. This customer had spent a fortune with a contractor waterproofing her basement and encapsulating her crawl space. A drain system was installed in the basement section connected to a sump pump. Inside the crawl space, all of the sub-floor insulation ...

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Problems with Crawl Space Encapsulation and Sealed Crawl Space Systems in Charlotte, NC

What are the Common Problems, Complaints, and Disadvantages Associated with Crawl Space Encapsulation or Sealed Crawl Space Systems in Charlotte, NC?

A crawl space encapsulation in a nutshell is a protocol where the contractor will close off all of the crawlspace vents, solve drainage problems, clean biofilm contaminants from the floor system, and install expensive plastic liners over the crawlspace soils including wrapping crawl space piers and often sealing the liner ...

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Problems Using Dehumidifiers in Crawl Spaces

The Common Fallacies, Challenges, and Problems with Using Dehumidifiers in Crawl Spaces.

 

I did an inspection last week inside the crawlspace on the south side of Charlotte, NC where I discovered that the homeowner had sealed off all of his vents, and installed a commercial dehumidifier inside the space in an attempt to mitigate crawl space moisture. As it was a winter inspection, it was not surprising to find that the wood moisture content of the ...

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Encapsulation vs. Ventilation – When is the best time of the year to install a crawl space moisture control system?

When is the best time of the year to install a crawl space moisture control system?

Good afternoon
Michael Masserang here again and I’m here with Billy Mitchell and he is the owner of Intellivent and we’re continuing our series today on Encapsulation versus Ventilation and we’re going to talk a little bit about installation time as in reference to when is the best time of the year to install one of these types of systems.

Being ...

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Encapsulation vs Crawl Space Ventilation

I have been getting a lot of phone calls recently on the difference between crawlspace encapsulation and crawlspace ventilation. Which solution is better? Unfortunately, there is an abundance of information on the Internet about this topic. Some good, some bad, some extraordinarily bad. Since I am an expert in both solutions, I will try to emphasize some key points on both systems that you should consider before making a decision. Keep in mind that ...

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Crawl Space Humidity Extremes

We have had an interesting winter so far. The first half has been mild, with periods of heavy rain. Elevated crawl space humidity levels and dew points were common inside crawl spaces well into December 2015. With 11 inches of rain falling in November, many homeowners have been complaining about standing water inside the crawl space. Recently, we have transitioned into a much cooler and drier pattern. Crawlspaces are beginning ...

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Humidistat Controlled Power Vents

I did a crawl space inspection yesterday at a house in South Charlotte where I discovered a humidistat controlled power vent used by the homeowner to help control the crawlspace air quality. The unit was set on 30% Relative Humidity so the fan was running continuously sucking air out and pulling unwanted air in from the outside through the other open vents. With cooler temperatures, low humidity and dew point levels present now there is no reason for this ...

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