Why Now? #1

The Crawl Space Concept Written by Matt Leech President/CEO of CrawlSpace Concepts LLC Wixom, Michigan March 18, 2009 I get phone calls from homeowners that live all over the U.S. and Canada asking me about the closed or conditioned crawl space. No one seems to wonder...
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The Crawl Space Environment #2

The crawl space environment is no different than that of a cave in the side of a mountain. It’s dark, dirty, and smelly and has small animals and bugs living in it. When the home was first built the crawl space was not considered part of the house. Excess building...
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Did I mention that crawl spaces are prone to flooding? #3

We all know that water runs down hill, with that being said crawl spaces are generally lower than the ground around the home because we backfill the foundation so that water shed will run away from the home. Over the years the backfill settles to a negative grade and...
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False water table, what’s that? #4

A false water table can be the culprit of why your crawl space keeps getting water in it no matter how waterproofed the foundation is. A false water table is the retention of excess water by none virgin soil. That means when a home is built there is a hole dug in the...
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I think it’s time to take a look at the research #5

Is this where it gets complicated? No, its common sense really, it’s just too bad that it took so long to be common. In order to figure out the solution, one has to first identify the problem. So what is the real problem? Is it the standing water or the bugs? Maybe...
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Four Ways Moisture Enters The Crawl Space #6

The First Way There are four main ways that moisture enters a common crawl space. The first and most obvious way is through the open dirt. As the ground outside the home is saturate with rain, the moisture level in a crawl space raises rapidly. The warmer the air, the...
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The Second Way #7

The second way moisture gets in the crawl space is through the open foundation vents. This is a huge area of confusion and there is a lot of very technical information out there on how the foundation vents impact the crawl space. You will read about relative humidity...
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The Third & Fourth Way #8

The third way moisture enters the crawl space is through the foundation wall. Concrete block foundations have a much bigger problem with this than a poured concrete foundation wall. Concrete block has two hollow cores in each block. These hollow cores have a history...
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Crawl Space Ventilation; Yes You Still Need It! #9

Crawl space ventilation is the most critical part of handling the crawl space moisture problem. It is not the only part, but the one that will affect the quality of air that is in your home. You have to get this part right or the current situation will likely worsen....
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Natural Air Flow In a Home #10

The natural air flow of any home is up. Air is pulled from the lowest level and introduced throughout the home. The vehicle for this flow is heat. Of course everyone that graduated middle school knows that heat rises and cold falls. As the heat rises it is replaced by...
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Cold Floors, Energy Loss & Crawl Space Insulation #11

This is another huge topic throughout the United States and Canada. Cold floors and energy loss are directly related to properly insulating your home and the crawl space. However, insulation alone is not the answer. Here is what I tell my customers that call me for...
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Why Now? #1

The Crawl Space Concept Written by Matt Leech President/CEO of CrawlSpace Concepts LLC Wixom, Michigan March 18, 2009 I get phone calls from homeowners that live all over the U.S. and Canada asking me about the closed or conditioned crawl space. No one seems to wonder...

read more

The Crawl Space Environment #2

The crawl space environment is no different than that of a cave in the side of a mountain. It’s dark, dirty, and smelly and has small animals and bugs living in it. When the home was first built the crawl space was not considered part of the house. Excess building...

read more

Did I mention that crawl spaces are prone to flooding? #3

We all know that water runs down hill, with that being said crawl spaces are generally lower than the ground around the home because we backfill the foundation so that water shed will run away from the home. Over the years the backfill settles to a negative grade and...

read more

False water table, what’s that? #4

A false water table can be the culprit of why your crawl space keeps getting water in it no matter how waterproofed the foundation is. A false water table is the retention of excess water by none virgin soil. That means when a home is built there is a hole dug in the...

read more

I think it’s time to take a look at the research #5

Is this where it gets complicated? No, its common sense really, it’s just too bad that it took so long to be common. In order to figure out the solution, one has to first identify the problem. So what is the real problem? Is it the standing water or the bugs? Maybe...

read more

Four Ways Moisture Enters The Crawl Space #6

The First Way There are four main ways that moisture enters a common crawl space. The first and most obvious way is through the open dirt. As the ground outside the home is saturate with rain, the moisture level in a crawl space raises rapidly. The warmer the air, the...

read more

The Second Way #7

The second way moisture gets in the crawl space is through the open foundation vents. This is a huge area of confusion and there is a lot of very technical information out there on how the foundation vents impact the crawl space. You will read about relative humidity...

read more

The Third & Fourth Way #8

The third way moisture enters the crawl space is through the foundation wall. Concrete block foundations have a much bigger problem with this than a poured concrete foundation wall. Concrete block has two hollow cores in each block. These hollow cores have a history...

read more

Crawl Space Ventilation; Yes You Still Need It! #9

Crawl space ventilation is the most critical part of handling the crawl space moisture problem. It is not the only part, but the one that will affect the quality of air that is in your home. You have to get this part right or the current situation will likely worsen....

read more

Natural Air Flow In a Home #10

The natural air flow of any home is up. Air is pulled from the lowest level and introduced throughout the home. The vehicle for this flow is heat. Of course everyone that graduated middle school knows that heat rises and cold falls. As the heat rises it is replaced by...

read more

Cold Floors, Energy Loss & Crawl Space Insulation #11

This is another huge topic throughout the United States and Canada. Cold floors and energy loss are directly related to properly insulating your home and the crawl space. However, insulation alone is not the answer. Here is what I tell my customers that call me for...

read more