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Health and safety issues must be considered when installing a crawl space. As air warms in a home, it rises and leaves through the upper regions of the house, much in the same way that air moves through a chimney. This phenomenon, called the "stack effect," causes the home to suck air up from the Crawl Space into the main area of the home. Mould spores, decomposition odours, and fecal material from dust mites in the Crawl Space can come up with the air, aggravating breathing problems (such as asthma) and creating a variety of health-related problems.[4]

It is usually desirable to finish a Crawl Space with a plastic vapour barrier that will not support mould growth or allow humidity from the earth into the Crawl Space. This helps insulate the Crawl Space and discourages the habitation of insects and vermin by breaking the ecological chain in which insects feed off the mould and vermin feed on the insects, as well as creating a physical inorganic barrier that deters entrance into the space.
 

Crawl space is traditionally the most misunderstood part of your home. It encompasses many crucial building components of the foundation. A compromised crawl space endangers the structural integrity of the foundation system.

Damage occurs when the environment is moist, exposing joists, sill plate, support beams, subfloor, piers, block foundation walls, etcetera, to undesirable temperatures and water vapor levels.

Vapour barriers can end at the wall or be run up the wall and fastened to provide even more protection against moisture infiltration.

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•The age of your home and the type of construction are important factors as well as and if wooden frame or metal frame has been used in construction. As your home is relatively new - does it have built-in insulation within the foundation walls.

•The condition and R-value of the present insulation and if it would be more cost effective to leave it in place and add more to increase the insulation without over insulating and compressing the material.

•It is very important to know if the crawl space is ventilated or not - traditionally building codes required the installation of vents during home construction but in many areas this is now no longer the case and vents are being blocked.

There are two ways to find out - your local building office will be able to advise you - and a qualified insulation contractor will know the building code requirements for your home type in your area.

•Unventilated crawl spaces allow for insulation of the crawl space walls as an option to insulation suspended below above floor structure - but only if the space is dry throughout the year AND the floor above is not insulated.

•Do you have a durable vapor retarder like a thick polyethylene film properly installed on the ground area over all of your crawl space - this is a very important factor in reducing the amount of moisture that gets into the space.


           
 
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Water Lines: Rust and other minerals can build up inside your water line, affecting your water volume. If you have good pressure but bad volume, you will notice it when somebody flushes a toilet or shower.

Identifying The Water Line Problem

• Slow sink or tub drains.
• Water backing up in the bathtub, shower, or sink.
• Wet areas in walls or along floors in rooms adjacent to walls containing drain pipes.
• Wet areas in the lawn near drain piping.
• Unusual gurgling or bubbling sounds when water is draining.

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