I am buying a home (raised ranch) , and te insulation under the family
room on the main floor (hardwood floor) is installed with the foil
facing downwards (i.e, upside down).Is this a major problem? I asked
the home inpector, and he mentioned that there could be moisture from
the family room which could cause mold growth in the insulation layer.
Should this be corrected immediately? Is this something I can fix
myself? How difficult will it be? I am a first time home buyer, and any
information you guys can provide will help
It depends where your house is located and where the majority of the
moisture is coming from. The Building Science web site has tons of
information in easily digestible form. This is a good place to start:
If no rainwater or irrigation water gets under the house, I wouldn't worry
about it. Just be sure the soil surface around the house exterior causes
water to incline away from the house. The only other environmental factor
is if the house is in a continuously muggy environment, long morning fog
almost everyday as an example. Most vented crawlspaces are dry as are its
Caught the end of a TV program a couple of days ago. They were talking
about a sealed crawlspace. Appeared to be walled up externally with cinder
block. The soil, external wall on the inside, and subfloor were all covered
with some material. Person said an owner of such a crawlspace could expect
a 20% energy savings. All I could think about was a potential plumbing leak
in such enclosed area...
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