Quinn was having trouble with a second home on his property. The home was rented and he was having trouble keeping tenants because they continually complained of high energy bills and cold rooms. No matter how high they turned the thermostat the rooms never got above 65 degrees on the first floor. The house was built in the 1920's and was constructed on piers. It was originally meant as a seasonal dwelling and not used in the colder months. The second floor had sloped ceilings and no attic spaces to speak of. Below the crawlspace was accessible through a small hatch in the floor. The crawlspace floor was filled with rubble from when the piers were installed decades age. The foundation was filled in with dry laid stone so while in the crawlspace you could see light coming through the foundation walls. The floor in the crawlspace was dirt and rubble and a habitat for vermin.
We knew that the way the house was situated on the foundation was a problem. Keeping cold air from blowing in through the crawlspace was essential to reduce the discomfort and the high heating bills and ultimately keep tenants in the house for more than one year. We proposed installing our crawlspace encapsulation and bring the crawlspace into the heated area of the house and keep the cold out! First we removed some of the big boulders out of the space to smooth out the dirt floor as much as was cost effective. then we installed our 20 mil reinforced vapor barrier over the floor and up the walls to cover the stone. We then sealed the vapor barrier with 2 part closed cell foam and insulted the walls to keep the cold out. The cold drafts were significantly reduced and the heating system doesn't struggle to maintain the designated temperature. The existing tenant is staying and Quinn is very happy with the results.
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