Crawl Space / Basement Water Intrusion – An Honest Assessment

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With the Spring rains approaching, many homeowners will begin to experience water intrusion issues inside their crawl spaces and basements after heavy rain events. It is important to remember not to panic, but to instead focus on identifying the underlying problems causing these symptoms to occur in the first place. Foundation drainage improvements being at […]

Encapsulation or Controlled Ventilation – encapsulate and/or waterproof a 100 year old house ?


Encapsulation Vs. Controlled Ventilation Downtown Charlotte North Carolina has many old neighborhoods that date back between the 1900’s and the 1940’s. Many of these old houses have basement / cellar areas adjacent to crawl spaces that were used for heating back in the old days. Oil heat and coal were common forms of […]

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 […]

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 Waterproofing


WATERPROOFING YOUR HOME’S CRAWL SPACE With the Spring rains approaching, some homeowners will begin to experience ponding of water inside their crawl spaces after heavy rain events. It is important not to panic, but to focus on identifying the real problems causing these symptoms to occur. Be careful of commissioned based sales people attempting to sell you an […]

Encapsulate v.s. Ventilate


It’s springtime, so it’s time to have your crawlspace inspected for condensation problems. Moisture in your home’s crawl space can introduce a multitude of problems if not resolved. High moisture in your crawlspace provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth – a earthy, musty smell that can permeate the crawlspace and invade the […]

Crawlspace Problems


The Carolinas feature many beautiful older homes, but these homes are often constructed on crawl spaces and lack proper ventilation. This condition fosters the growth of mold, mildew, insects and potentially larger pests. This can be detrimental to a home’s environment as the house “breathes” due to the “stack effect”, air is pulled from the […]