Your crawl space has a big impact on how healthy and energy efficient the rest of your home will be.
By cleaning up and sealing your crawl space, you provide a valuable upgrade for your home.
At Southern Tier Basement Systems, we specialize in crawl space services of all types -- including crawl space cleanup and encapsulation.
If you've noticed moldy or musty odors in your home, sinking floors above your crawl space, or you're concerned with crawl space flooding, our specialists are here to help you.
We offer the following services:
Our crews of crawl space experts can clean, seal and insulate your space quickly -- usually in less than a day. Our crawl space liners include a 25-year written warranty for durability.
We specialize in solving crawl space issues of all types-- including problems related to moldy, rotting crawl spaces. For a free crawl space cleanup quote, contact us by phone or e-mail today!
We serve Elmira, Ithaca, Binghamton and many areas nearby in New York.
While many homeowners do not access their crawl space regularly or use it for storage, what happens in this space can have a large impact on the rest of the home.
If you have a vented crawl space, you can count on 40% of the air in your home coming from your crawl space. Anything in that air -- including mold spores, odors, and humidity -- is all brought up into your home.
Cleaning your crawl space will eliminate a highly significant source of allergens in your home, while also creating a healthier environment.
At Southern Tier Basement Systems, we've seen the absolute worst that crawl spaces can offer -- and we've cleaned it all! Here are just a few photos our experts have taken from the field:
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Insulating a crawl space, when done properly, is a great way to save energy. We recommend both sealing and insulating your crawl space to maximize the money you save. By sealing your crawl space before insulating, you will prevent air leaks and protect the crawl space from moisture issues.
According to a report from Advanced Energy, sealing your crawl space will create a drier space and reduce conditions for mold, wood decay, and insects. A sealed crawl space will also reduce space conditioning energy use by 15-18% annually.
And that's just the savings from sealing the crawl space! Add in the savings for insulating the space as well and you're saving a bundle on your utility bills!
Rodents can enter a crawl space through vents and similar openings.
Once in your home, they will nest in the warm fiberglass insulation, finding plenty of food and moisture in the crawl space to live on.
A damp crawl space environment can also attract other pests, such as termites, carpenter ants, and wood-boring beetles.
Fiberglass soaks up moisture and humidity like a sponge, and it makes great nesting material for mice and rats. Wet, waterlogged fiberglass will become heavy, causing it to sag off your floor joists and end up on the floor. Wet fiberglass also loses its R-Value -- its ability to stop air flow.
Once it lands on your floor, fiberglass insulation becomes a useless, wet, moldy mess that will eventually need to be cleaned up.
At Southern Tier Basement Systems, we recommend sealing and insulating your home with our closed-cell SilverGlo™ Crawl Space Insulation installed on your crawl space walls.
SilverGlo™ will not soak up moisture the way fiberglass will, and its completely inorganic design will never support the growth of mold or rot.
This advanced insulation does triple duty by insulating and sealing the crawl space walls, while its reflective surface creates a radiant heat barrier that reflects heat back into your home! And if you have leaking basement walls, it will be able to drain any walls leaks down below the vapor barrier or to a drainage channel.
Once installed, SilverGlo™ Insulation provides industry-leading R-11 insulation!
While your crawl space walls provide the maximum opportunity for saving money through crawl space insulation, it's a good idea to also insulate your crawl space floor.
Since crawl spaces are located underground, your crawl space floors will retain a year-round temperature of about 55 °F. If left uninsulated, this can mean a lot of cold in your crawl space!
To insulate crawl space floors, we use TerraBlock™ Crawl Space Floor Insulation. Made from ¾" of closed-cell foam insulation, it includes a padded, puncture-resistant design that makes it appropriate for crawl-on access by service workers and homeowners alike.
TerraBlock™ is fully compatible with our crawl space liner system, and it can be easily integrated with our crawl space waterproofing systems as well. Combined with SilverGlo™ on your walls, it's a fantastic way to save money and enjoy a healthier, more valuable home!
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Our crawl space liner, energy efficient dehumidifier, and other products will create a healthier, more energy efficient space in your home. Mold, rot, and mildew will be controlled, and rodent and insect infestations will be discouraged.
Sealing a crawl space also creates dry, usable space that looks great! Below are just a few pictures of crawl spaces our experts have sealed.
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At Southern Tier Basement Systems, our contractors can help you clean, seal, and upgrade your crawl space - no matter how much of a mess it is!
We offer free, no-obligation clean crawl space quotes to homeowners throughout our service area. Each of our free quotes includes a personal inspection, cost quote, and a copy of our 88-page full-color crawl space book. To schedule an appointment with us, call or e-mail us today!
We proudly serve the Binghamton, Ithaca, Elmira area, including Johnson City, Vestal, Horseheads, Endicott, Newfield, Lansing, Conklin and many areas nearby.