Mike has been part of The Drying Co team since 2016. He began on our production team installing our products and services and joined our sales team as a Home Performance Advisor in 2017. Prior to joining our team, Mike spent 3+ years as an HVAC technician. His experience in the HVAC industry allowed him to understand how these systems work in a home and how they can be affected by the building envelope.
Mike’s role focuses solely around homeowners. He spends time understanding what their goals are and the symptoms they are experiencing in their home. Mike then inspects the home looking for the root causes of a homeowner’s discomfort and develops a custom, long-term solution to address their concerns.
Some of the things he enjoys most about his job is talking to customers and being able to assure them that we can help make their home healthy and comfortable again. He likes that each home is different and offers a new challenge, making every day different. He appreciates the opportunity to continue to grow and develop in the industry through weekly trainings at the office and continued training outside of the office in a variety of subjects such as building science, products, and techniques for addressing homeowner’s concerns.
In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family.
Mold needs warm temperatures, high relative humidity and organic material to grow. In our area, crawl spaces create the perfect environment for this. We did a physical wipe down of the joists with an antimicrobial to kill and remove the mold growing on the wood.
Fiberglass Batts between the joists absorb moisture like a sponge. They hold moisture against the wood joists and fall and sag over time. Their paper backing and the wood floor joists are organic material that often has mold growing on them. We removed the old insulation and installed new, foam board insulation on the crawl space walls.
Previously, this crawl space had a 6-mil lightweight vapor barrier that was torn and even missing in places. We installed the CleanSpace Encapsulation System. The CleanSpace vapor barrier is a heavy-duty 20-mil liner that is perfect for crawl spaces that have service persons working on equipment, plumbing, or electrical, or for storage. It resists rips and tears, and is fastened to the walls and wrapped around piers sealing the earth off from the home.
This attic had existing loose fiberglass insulation with an R-value of 3.2 per inch. This material allows air to easily pass through it and escape into the unconditioned attic and out of the home. For this homeowner, we installed an R-38 of blown-in cellulose insulation. Cellulose is more dense than the loose fiberglass, is 85% recycle material, and is fire retardant due to being manufactured with borate, a substance that deters pests.